World Cup DH: Aussie Results & Highlights Video – Mont Sainte Anne

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

World Cup DH: Gwin’s Monumental Win at Mont Sainte Anne – How It Happened

Gwin’s Winning Run:

Tales of The Mob – Episode 7, Mont Sainte-Anne:

Australian Dean Lucas found himself in the hot seat prior to the 20 minute break for TV, and around that time, the rain increased from a drizzle to a downpour. Many of the on-site fans thought the racing was over with most riders battling to get within 10 seconds of Lucas’ time. That was until his teammate Jack Moir (AUS) put in an incredible run, finding time in the 3rd sector, and crossing the line in 4th place. At that point, the team radioed up the mountain to inform Aaron what had taken place and that a top time was possible.

Dean Lucas during dry and dusty practice.
NSW Central Coast’s Jack Moir had a wet run, and finished less than four seconds behind Gwin in 8th. He’s currently ranked 5th in the overall World Cup standings.

After Jack Moir came in, Troy Brosnan (AUS) also put down a great run going into 3rd place. It was clear the top guys had a shot. Next up it was Danny Hart (GBR) who was ahead of Dean Lucas until the finish line and he slotted into 2nd before World Cup leader Greg Minnaar (RSA) took to the track. Only 1 second down at the first split, the major surprise came at the 2nd split which showed the South African down by 20secs. An off track excursion had cost him a lot of time, and ultimately a disqualification for an incorrect entry back onto the course. Next up Loic Bruni (FRA) crossed the line for 3rd and so the attention turned to the last man down, fastest qualifier Aaron Gwin who some doubted had the wet weather experience to deal with the conditions. What happened next was simply incredible. Picking up green lights all the way down, at one point 2 seconds up on everyone, Aaron took a historic win in the most extreme conditions.

Loic Bruni, 4th at Mont Sainte Anne
Danny Hart, always confident in the wet, placed 3rd behind Australian, Dean Lucas.

“The fact that I’ve been sitting here for 10 minutes now trying to figure out how to start off this quote for our press release should explain my feelings after today’s race. It’s hard to find the words; I’m just happy. It’s been a crazy season but we’ve kept fighting through the ups and downs, and this weekend wasn’t any different. It feels good to get that win. Conditions like we had today make the win feel even better. I’m happy for myself, my team, the sponsors that support us and the thousands of fans who’ve been encouraging me all season. Thanks to all of you for the love. I wanted to take this title fight to the last race, and now we get to do that, so let the fun continue!” – Aaron Gwin

Aaron Gwin

The title chase is now just 33 points away from Greg Minnaar in 1st, with Troy Brosnan only 44 points behind Aaron. Mathematically, only Greg, Aaron or Troy can win the title, and it will all go down to the wire in Vale Di Sole in 3 weeks from now.

Aaron Gwin celebrates the win at Mont Sainte Anne

 

Bruni & Vergier Against the World Episode 4

After an incredible first half of the season for Bruni, Vergier and young gun Finn Iles, it’s time to follow the lads over to North America for the 5th and 6th rounds of the World Cup series as they face crunch time in the series.

With Loic still chasing his first win and chasing Aaron Gwin for top spot in the overall and Loris steadily climbing up the ranks after his unlucky start, Mont Sainte Anne and Windham are either going to make or break the season for both riders.

With an incredible trip to New York City to ride the new Velosolutions pumptrack in Brooklyn sandwiched in the middle, the newest episode of Bruni & Vergier Against the World is possibly the most action packed yet!

Grab a brew and sit down with Loic, Loris and Finn on the next chapter in their 2015 adventures!

Return of The Rat: Mont-Saint-Anne DH Race Highlights

Mont-Sainte-Anne provided race fans with a spectacular race.

The brutal Canadian track, paired with the temperamental weather, birthed a slippy and unpredictable beast. Bikes and riders were flying down the course – and not necessarily together.

Relive the best bits in the video, courtesy of the Parkin brothers, who were trackside capturing all the action.

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