Words by Flow | Images by Red Bull / Bartek Wolinski

Mont Sainte Anne is known for delivering one of the most challenging tracks of the World Cup season and in 2017 it was rougher than ever. Then, as expected, the rain came…

Finals Highlights

Queensland’s Tracey Hannah was the second fastest qualifier and her four World Cup podiums this season, including a win in Fort William, saw her ranked 2nd in the overall standings. Unfortunately, Tracey got a rear flat mid-way down the track but continued to charge through the rock gardens, jumps and drops to cross the line in 2nd, finishing in 3rd and holding onto her 2nd place ranking.

Tracey Hannah

Tracey Hannah

Elite Women:

1. Tahnee Seagrave
2. Myriam Nicole
3. Tracey Hannah (AUS)
4. Emilie Siegenthaler
5. Rachel Atherton

10. Tegan Molloy (AUS)

Tahnée Seagrave

Watch Tahnée Seagrave’s winning run

The drizzle continued through the Men’s Final, and Dean Lucas had a near perfect run in tacky conditions, sitting him in the hot seat, for a long time! In the break before the top 25 qualifiers started, the heavens opened and didn’t let up.

Dean Lucas had a long stint in the hot seat.

Mick Hannah was the 3rd rider to start in the storm. He was off to a strong start when a high-speed slide to near crash had him hauling on the brakes, losing time that he couldn’t make back. Newcastle’s Graeme Mudd had one of the loosest runs, drifting all over the track, even across the takeoff of a high-speed hipped step-down. The tough conditions saw him finish 11.4s off the pace.

Jack Moir

It wasn’t until Dean’s Australian team mate and 9th placed qualifier, Jack Moir, got within 3 seconds of Dean’s time that it seemed possible he might be unseated.

“Pretty wild, eh! It was a bit more hard-packed than in practice, though, so that helped a bit. It was just hard to see, real hard to see.” – Jack Moir

Troy Brosnan managed to better Jack’s time by 0.4s and ended up just off the podium in 6th. It was only the last man down the hill, Aaron Gwin, who was fast enough on the saturated track to better Dean’s time and take the win.

Aaron Gwin on the way to his third win at Mont-Sainte-Anne

Elite Men:

1. Aaron Gwin
2. Dean Lucas (AUS)
3. Danny Hart
4. Loic Bruni
5. Mike Jones
6. Troy Brosnan (AUS)

8. Jack Moir (AUS)
19. Josh Button (AUS) – just inside the top 20!
25. Jake Newell (AUS)
38. Jordan Prochyra (AUS)
40. Graeme Mudd (AUS)
43. Jackson Frew (AUS)
68. Mick Hannah (AUS)
70. Brent Smith (AUS)
75. Matthew McCorkell (AUS)

Heading into the final World Cup at Val Di Sole, Italy, Gwin is now only 33 points behind series leader, Greg Minnaar. Troy Brosnan is also within reach of the overall, just 77 points behind Minnaar.  Jack Moir’s consistent season and 2nd at Fort Bill see him currently ranked 5th in the overall standings.

Watch Aaron Gwin’s winning run

Junior Women:

1. Melanie Chapppaz
2. Mazie Hayden
3. Kaytlin Melvin

Junior Men:

1. Finn Iles
2. Sylvain Cougoureux
3. Joe Breeden
4. Nikolas Nesteroff
5. Kade Edwards
6. Patrick Butler (AUS)

12. Darcy Coutts (AUS)

Dean Lucas celebrating 2nd place at Mont Sainte Anne

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