The hunt no more, Hill back on top | Schurter and Shaw return to their winning ways in Mont-Saint-Anne
Without a World Cup win since 2009, many critics would say that Sam Hill’s reign had come to and end. With a field vastly dominated by young, daring riders who seem willing to risk it all in the hunt for glory, Hill would use his expertise and matured skill to conquer the infamous course in Mont Saint Anne, the same venue that last saw him on the top step of the podium.
- Photos by Sven Martin
In typical Quebec fashion, the weather gods would play games all week long. Stents of rain and thunder would see the fast, physical and grueling course become greasy and dangerous to navigate for even the World’s best racers. On the day of finals the skies would clear and the sun would shine for the entire field as the course would become faster with every run. Hill has won in Mont Saint Anne many times, the last time being in 2010 where he claimed another World Championship title. Relentlessly on the hunt for years now to reclaim the right to stand atop the highest step of the podium he would prove to all that he still can reign supreme despite all the odds. Hill rode SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox BoXXer WC and RockShox Vivid R2C in his successful pursuit. - Photo by Sven Martin
In the Jr. Men’s field Luca Shaw (SRAM | Troy Lee Designs Race Team) entered Mont Saint Anne rested and hungry to regain the leaders jersey sitting in second just behind Loris Vergier (Lapierre Gravity Republic). Luca would exhibit his developing skills to take his second win of the season gaining valuable points in the overall eventually overtaking Loris for the lead heading into the next round on North American home soil next weekend.
Troy Brosnan (Specialized Racing) would also hold on to his overall lead in the series with just two rounds to go.
- Photos by Sven Martin
On Sunday the rain would return in the morning making for some difficult conditions to start the day’s Cross Country racing. Having a heated back and forth battle with Remi Absalon (BMC) all season long, Nino Schurter (Scott-ODLO Mountain Bike Racing Team) using SRAM XX1 and Avid XX brakes would once again show his prowess over the field taking yet another World Cup victory closing out the exciting weekend of racing in Quebec.
- Photo by Victor Lucas
The World Cup tour heads to New York, USA next week where the heated battles will continue as the final rounds of the season rapidly approach. - Photo by Victor Lucas
1st - Sam Hill (CRC Nukeproof): SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C |
3rd - Danny Hart (Giant Factory): SRAM X01 DH | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C | Avid Code | TRUVATIV Blackbox Danny Hart Bar | TRUVATIV Stem & Post
3rd: Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic): SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C
Men's Cross Country
1st - Nino Schurter (Scott-ODLO Mountain Bike Racing Team): SRAM XX1 | Avid XX
Jr. Men's Downhill
1st - Luca Shaw (SRAM | TLD Race Team): SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC| RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C | SRAM XO Hubs | TRUVATIV Blackbox Steve Smith bar | TRUVATIV Stem & Post
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