It was the Quebec Cup race #5 at Mont-Sainte-Anne last Saturday June 18th. We laid down some ‘rubber’ on the track for the World Cup bros racing there next week. Hope it’ll be a bit more grippy for them.
I’m all super stoked about my result. Was trying hard all season to ‘pierce’ the top10 so 5th felt like a win. Not sure if it’s because some of the ‘top guns’ weren’t there (via father’s day duty). It’s a little different racing with the #cooldads compared with the #20something to be honest. These guys are ‘next level’ pros.
Anyways, it’s been an incredible racing week-end. Huge props to the organization & the volunteer bros of the Velirum festival/event thing. They really put their heart into it and it shows as we always get the ‘world-class’ treatment there. I love LOVE LOVE Mont-Sainte-Anne!
Did you compete in a race at Mont-Sainte-Anne?
Did you ‘killed it’/'blew it’?
Are you coming back next week to cheer for the World Cup bros?
Last week-end was the Canada Cup & Quebec Cup at Mont Tremblant.
This is race footage of a complete lap around the cross-country track. It begins on the first lap and it cuts to the 3rd and last lap toward the end. It’s a long lap and the track is challenging. The conditions that day were particularly tricky as it rained overnight. There were many crashes and DNFs (look at 18:48 for a nasty crash right in front of me), so just getting to the finish was something to be proud of.
My race was going well, I made a few technical mistakes but I had a good pace overall and was looking at maybe a top 10. Unfortunately on the 3rd lap I had a technical: a pinch flat on the rear tire. I lost a little bit more than 10 min fixing it as I had trouble getting the tire off the rim. At least I was able to continue and finished the race in 1:43:46, which gave me a 20th place out of 43 riders. Removing the 10 min off my time would have put me in 13th place or something like that, which would have been totally awesome. So I’m happy with that!
I have nothing else to blame than myself really. I usually ride tubeless tires + stans on my tubeless rims because I don’t want to take any chances just to save 40$ or 40g. But there has been a mistake in my tire order, they were not UST tubeless, and I realized that only the Friday before the race. Should’ve checked my shit! And perhaps I should’ve mounted them tubeless anyway, because fixing a burped tire is still faster than changing a tube. That’s what I realized a few minutes before the race when I had my first pinch flat of the day while warming up! But it was too late to make the conversion at that point.
Anyways, a big thanks to the dude from #TeamDevinci who gave me another spare tube just before the start. It saved my race. These guys are awesome, they just help everybody with a Devinci bike and it’s the second time they save one of my race week-end.
So tomorrow is the race in Baie-St-Paul and it’s currently raining mud. Should be interesting!
Are you racing this week-end? What’s your tire setup for the race?
It’s the Canada Cup & Quebec Cup this week-end at Mont Tremblant. Here’s some footage from our practice lap yesterday. We were in the last downhill section of the cross-country course before heading back toward the village. This section has a sweet layout (via smooth banked turns), it’s ‘mad fun’. I think I might try to race with the GoPro cam on my helmet next week in Baie-St-Paul, the footage would be less … ‘disturbing’ to watch. I saw a few riders Today race with this setup. I always felt like it was too uncomfortable, but my new helmet is ‘hella tight’ so it might be bearable for a whole race. Anyways, I’ll probably post my race footage early next week, featuring the ‘crotch cam’ ™.
Tomorrow is the DH finals, good luck to the #TeamGravité guys, I hope they ‘kill it’.