Hurty Knees & Canadian Steeze - Mont St Anne Qualifying

Aug 10, 2013
by Nathan Hughes  
 
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Danny Hart and a really big tree.
  Danny Hart and a really big tree.

You can t tell how badass this gap is but Ratboy here was one of the only guys clearing the hole after this rock. And this rock is slicker than Miami Bryce working a crowd of Quebecois local girls at tonight s after party.
  You can't tell how badass this gap is, but Ratboy here was one of the only guys clearing the hole after this rock. And this rock is slicker than Miami Bryce working a crowd of Quebecois local girls at tonight's after party.

The definition of super tacky Mt St Anne a day after the rain s gone away.
  The definition of super tacky: Mt St Anne a day after the rain's gone away. Maxxis affiliations aside...

Full gas on his final practice run Gee Atherton in the upper woods. Unfortunately Gee s front end washed out on a hard right leading down to the motorway below the gondola and he took an off the bike... pretty much an automatic 8 second penalty with the off the bike and then he took the rest of the run easy 9.967 seconds to Steve Smith.
  Full gas on his final practice run: Gee Atherton in the upper woods. Unfortunately, Gee's front end washed out on a hard right leading down to the motorway below the gondola and he took an off the bike... pretty much an automatic 8 second penalty with the off the bike, and then he took the rest of the run easy; + 9.967 seconds to Steve Smith.

Sam Hill with the Ringwraiths hot on his tail descending through the upper woods near Rivendale. That s a Lord of the Rings reference for the uninitiated.
  Sam Hill with the Ringwraiths hot on his tail, descending through the upper woods near Rivendale. That's a Lord of the Rings reference for the uninitiated, and it's supposed to highlight the fog and trees that account for the majority of this photo. Typically the blue and white guy on the left-hand side of the photo would be the subject of a race photo, but because the trees were so pretty I wanted to capture that, instead.

After his recent winning ways Remi Therion s 31st in qualifying came to a surprise to many. He hit a tree fairly hard in the morning and took the qualifications easy.
  After his recent winning ways, Remi Therion's 31st in qualifying might seem like a bit of an anticlimax to many, but he hit a tree fairly hard in the morning and took the qualifications easy.

Third place with this absolutely destroyed chain guide and a bent pedal spindle for Blenki. Nothing short of an amazing ride given that the damage occured high up on the track.
  Blenkinsop scored third place with this absolutely destroyed chain guide and a bent pedal spindle. Nothing short of an amazing ride, given that the damage occurred high up on the track.

Blenkinsop has been steadily fighting his way back towards the big time after a little while in the background. His best MSA performance to date is 6th in 2008 but encouragingly today he roosted his way into 3rd.
  Blenky has been steadily fighting his way back towards the big time after a little while in the background. His best MSA performance to date is 6th in 2008, but today shows the thirst for juicier still.

Loic Bruni
  Loic Bruni warping into 8th, expressing his interest in the podium once again, only 5 seconds back.

Sam Hill into 5th place and is all smiles as his dad and brother s family are both here in Quebec to cheer him on. Big thanks to Merv for the lunch delivery today. Clutch move I owe you
  Sam Hill into 5th place and is all smiles as his dad and brother's family are both here in Quebec to cheer him on. Big thanks to Merv for the lunch delivery today. Clutch move, I owe you!

After poring over photos and compiling a veritable database of recent Aaron Gwin photos in-house photo analysts at Pinkbike have confirmed that Gwin is producing 14.2 more roost from his back tire since the new longer chainstays. That s science people.
  After poring over photos and compiling a veritable database of recent Aaron Gwin photos, in-house photo analysts have confirmed that Gwin is producing 14.2% more roost from his back tire since the new, longer chainstays. That's science, people. 4th place today.

Atherton ejected on the upper portion today but limped home only 10 seconds back. Still it s been a while since Gee began with the weekend with only 7 new points to call his own.
  Atherton talks slippery rocks. It's been a while since Gee began the weekend with only 7 new points to call his own.

Brook is sitting right next to us in the lobby as we re uploading the photos and we asked him to write his own caption for this photo. Here s what he had to say about his qualifying run today Captions Sorry man I m busy right now I can t. Wait you re that guy that was hanging out across from our pit shooting me and Neko with the long lens as we changed shirts... Sir I need you to remove this man from the... Thanks for the guest caption Brook
  Brook is sitting right next to us in the lobby as we're uploading the photos, and we asked him to write his own caption for this photo. Here's what he had to say about his qualifying run today: "Captions? Sorry man, I'm busy right now, I can't. Wait, you're that guy that was hanging out across from our pit, shooting me and Neko with the long lens as we changed shirts... Sir, I need you to remove this man from the..." Thanks for the guest caption, Brook!

Emilie Siegenthalller rolling the reduced fog in the group B practice this morning yesterday-by comparison-was as thick as oatmeal that s been cooking for a week on the stove.
  Emilie Siegenthalller rolling the reduced fog in the group B practice this morning; yesterday-by comparison-was as thick as oatmeal that's been cooking for a week on the stove.

Morgane Charre Morgan Charrging.
  Morgane Charre Morgane Charrging.

The girl in the leader s jersey hit the rock drop for qualifying and only five others would follow suit. Rachel first raced MSA in 2004 but has actually only won once that being last year. Still she was fastest down today setting the nicely for a repeat.
  The girl in the leader's jersey hit the rock drop for qualifying and only five others would follow suit. Rachel first raced MSA in 2004, but has actually only won once, that being last year. Still she was fastest down today, setting the scene nicely for a repeat performance parfait.

Spotted a bunch of guys all going for the low-rider bike set up this morning during junior practice. All were riding across the same section of track that happened be around the knuckle of final gap. You can t even turn the cranks properly this way cool kids...
  Spotted a bunch of guys all going for this low-rider bike set up this morning during junior practice. You can't even turn the cranks properly this way cool kids! All were riding across the same section of track that happened be around the knuckle of final gap.

A healthy Innes Graham of MS-Mondraker was the top seed in the juniors.
  A healthy Innes Graham of MS-Mondraker was looking rowdy on the way to top seed in the juniors.

Couscous getting a casual warmup for the day.
  Couscous still in the hanger, about to turn on the jets.

The mists rolled through the woods all day bringing that distinctive St Anne vibe along with them. The rocks gardens come after the flat out open section under the lift and give the riders the most to think about.
  Thibaut Ruffin looks for a way back into the top 15 he scored last year on this legendary course. The mists rolled through the woods all day, bringing that distinctive St Anne vibe along with them. The lower rocks gardens come after the flat-out open section under the lift and give the riders the most to think about.

Brendog giving a little clinic on style 101 bar turns are an automatic upgrade over a basic straight air and they re way more likely to get you into the slideshow.
  Brendog giving a little clinic on style 101: bar turns are an automatic upgrade over a basic straight air, and they're way more likely to get you into any photo post.

Remi Thirion scoping out the last woods section trying to lock down another stellar result. 31st on the day and he s got some time to make up tomorrow.
  Remi Thirion scoping out the last woods section, trying to unlock the seconds and lock down another stellar result... He's got some time to make up for Sunday.

Remi Gauvin managed to hit 64kmp at the speed trap--but things went awry from there.
  Guillaume Cauvin managed to hit 64kmp at the speed trap--but things went awry from there.

Aure lien Giodanengo having a bad hair day in the rock garden.
  Aurellien Giodanengo having a bad hair day in the rock garden.

Danny Hart also coming in with a steller second place in qualifiers. Will Danny boy hold it together come Sunday
  Danny Hart romping into a second place in qualifier. Will Danny boy hold it together to continue his year on year MSA rank climb?

Elbows in for the win. We can assume Stevie went for the fork grab down this first straight to set his 4.05.
  Elbows in for the win. We can assume Stevie went for the fork grab down this first straight to set his 4.05.

Patchy rolling cloud eventually settled into an inversion layer by the end of qualifying.
  Patchy, rolling cloud eventually settled into an inversion layer by the end of qualifying.

Knee pads only take the edge off a crash at 50 kph the zone where Gee went down is very high speed and loaded with brick sized rocks. Gee was lucky to walk away from that with 18th place and a few bumps bruises and a gashed knee. He should be good to go for the final on Sunday.
  Knee pads only take the edge off a crash at +50 kph; the zone where Gee went down is very high speed and loaded with brick sized rocks. Gee was lucky to walk away from that with 18th place and a few bumps, bruises, and a gashed knee. He should be good to go for the final on Sunday.

What you can t see under that helmet is the sweet Quebec-appropriate old-timey-movie-bad-guy mustache. It s real nice and hopefully we ll see it in all it s glory on top of the podium this weekend. Pinkbike s supposed to be unbiased and objective but hey we re a Canadian site so we can just come out and root for Sender Steve.
  What you can't see under that helmet is the sweet Quebec-appropriate old-timey-movie-bad-guy mustache. It's real nice, and hopefully we'll see it in all it's glory on top of the podium this weekend. Pinkbike's supposed to be unbiased and objective, but hey, we're a Canadian site so we can just come out and root for Sender Steve.

bigquotesI felt good today... The run was awesome, every corner I passed was like 'oh wow this dirt is amazing' you could push so hard and by the time I got to the bottom I was just stoked. It was a clean run with no mistakes so just try to go from there quicker and quicker, treating that qualifier like I came in 20th when Sunday comes- Stevie Smith, Devinci Global Racing

And then in typical Mont Ste Anne fashion... then came the rain. See you on a very muddy track in the morning
  And tonight in typical Mont Ste Anne fashion... then came the rain. See you on a very muddy track in the morning!

92 Comments

  • + 83
 Awseome photos with even more awesome captions. Made me laugh and got me stoked for the race tomorrow. Thanks pinkbike, keep up the good work! Smile
  • + 1
 Werd, those shots in the fog are gorgeous
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 The dirt looks perrrfect!!!!!!!!
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 Keep up the Lord of the Rings references Pinkbike, the nerd in me loves it.
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  • + 60
 I'm gonna pretend I'm Canadian for this one. GO STEVIE!!!
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  • + 47
 haha, loving the chainstay banter
  • + 37
 All the captions funny as fuck, great job whoever wrote them. Really on a higher level than usual... keep the banter coming
  • + 13
 Lets give Teamrobot some credit here for guest captioning last night in the hotel lobby and trading him beer to do so. Thanks Chaz!
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 BEEP!! BOP-DOOP!! WWHHRRRR-BEEP BEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Well, Teamrobot/Chaz knocked it out of the park. I found myself nearly looking at the captions first by the end of the article. Well done, sir. Well done! Smile
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  • + 15
 Go Stevie go!! bring it home for canada on home turf!
  • + 2
 Hell yeah stevie, you,ll win sunday
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  • + 12
 "calling into question Remi's bike and his decision to ride for Commencal in general"

What are you raving about?
  • + 43
 They're joking about how Gwin had been getting so much crap for not winning (etc) since he switched to Specialized
  • - 1
 "Commencal will be sending him a new swingarm with a longer chainstay to help alleviate the problem." I'm not sure if Pinkbike is just taking the piss out of it?
  • + 27
 Hahaha it's sarcasm, taking the mic about gwin's move to specalized and the bike not working for him. Nothing serious about commencal!
  • + 4
 Oh okay, makes sense Smile
  • - 48
 Fuck Gwin that's what I say.... Remi's the new kid on the block
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 Yeah guys, left that one very open. Did something happen we don't know about?
  • + 2
 It was a joke hinting at gwin's current demo chainstay debacle.
  • + 23
 Guys you internet sarcasm detector must be switched off. Mine seems to work much better when using google chrome...
  • - 34
 Those captions were fucking terrible and barely funny
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 Finaly a right up that says "romping" !! God bless you for saying that. God bless Salute
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 Busting captions like a lyrical poet, busting fractions off the clock and you know it,

every tiny shred of the track to be computed, witty banter and all the fun undiluted,

that's enough from me, I'm gone, I'm out, having fun with the shred is what its all about Smile
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  • + 8
 Good stuff. Excellent reads and shots to match.
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 this was really good reporting. but i have to say, by the last pic, i had to scroll up and check which website this was: had a distinct VitalMTB feel to the reporting. Frankly, doesn't matter: it's brilliant reporting and even better for the sport! Keep it up PB!
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  • + 7
 64kmh on a track like this is insane! 39mph for us British folk ..
  • + 2
 i would like to see where the trap is personally
  • - 2
 Seeing as there are many runway flat motorway sections, it's not that insane. Many people complained it was too groomed.. Maybe not so smooth after all the practice but still.
  • - 2
 what sort of knob gives somebody a neg prop for saying you would like to see the trap area......go serve yourself a large dose of f**k off you weirdo.

serious a*sholes alert
  • + 1
 Well this knob gave you a neg prop for crying about props. They are worthless internet points. For all you know, someone may have accidentally hit the down vote button. I do it all the time. Chill out there kiddo.
  • + 0
 point proven cyrix, throbbers unite ! the neg means jack schit BTW - the thought behind it however.
  • + 1
 Is that neg prop remark aimed at me? Because I didn't neg anyone!
  • + 1
 No, if you read my entire message, the context should make it clear I was talking to jmbrit, as he is the one crying about downvotes.
  • + 1
 i aint crying u muppet - i was saying what type of knob gives a neg prop for a query over the trap zone, you fulfilled your destiny and clarified my question by showing the type it takes. i suppose it's your little bit of internet power but I suppose mummy stopped breast feeding early so you are entitled
  • + 1
 Nothing you said makes sense. I don't downvote anyone unless something they post is incredibly offensive, or incorrect information. You really need to stop caring about props and get over this. Cheers.
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  • + 7
 Gee's Gash pic - does he shave his legs?
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 Wondered the same thing!
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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMN5ajZC6pE
Skip to 5:20!
Now thats commitment!
  • + 3
 I still don't understand the shaved legs vs. unshaved legs war. Ever peeled bandaging away from body hair AND a wound? Not awesome. Also, I hear it makes you waaaaaaay faster with the drag reduction and all. Wink
  • + 2
 you don't necessarily have to razor shave them, you can just trim the hair off with a trimmer w/o a guard. it's funny that lots of guys have this idea that there's only one way to reduce the length of body hair. leg hair is the same stuff as beard hair. and yes, it would seem to be obvious (?) that he trims or shaves his legs.
  • + 2
 I ride flats and when I slip and gash open my shins, I shave my legs to help keep the bandages I use in place, otherwise they just won't stay.
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 ewww at the 'clutch move' comment. such a terrible new slang word. when people use it, we all all wince like someone just threw a cold cup of water on our backs. Ick. Negative props are predicted but i dont censor myself Smile
  • + 1
 "Clutch, bro" is an automatic deal breaker. Every. Single. Time (Unless, of course, they cringe and immediately redeem themselves by laughing out loud). I'm with you on this one.
  • + 1
 for a french dude : what does it means?
  • + 1
 It's just another slang saying along the lines of 'epic', 'rad', etc. Smile
  • + 1
 Huh, do people think clutch is a new slang term? I've heard it for the last 15 years used in the action sports world, snowboarding, MX, MTB, F1, Rally, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Golf, etc.... Heck, even Billiards.
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  • + 6
 Where is SikMik? I wanna see his new custom helmet!
  • + 7
 That was for Crankworx wasn't it?
  • + 2
 think you missed the point there T1mb0
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  • + 6
 I'm actually hoping to see Hart produce a podium run on Sunday.
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  • + 2
 See I'm not the only one to run into trouble with the e13 LG1 chainguide. I somehow went through 3 of those things in a 2 week span, said screw this and put on a straightline one instead. No issues since.
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 Mine lasted 2 months, just replaced the top and lower guide and chainring too.
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 So Gee dumped right at the top of his run. That sucks for him. Hopefully he can put together a good race run. Boys are gonna have to step it up to catch Stevie. Countdown clock for Sunday is running!
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  • + 3
 May be Remi should hang out with Gwin more lol.... nice sarcasm there Pinkbike....
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  • + 2
 it was all shits and giggles the other day in singlets and shorts.... nice photos love the R.Atherton one.
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 Why was Remi Thirion's caption changed? Too much sarcasm?? The original one was hilarious!
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 LETS GO STEVIE!
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 On a crash photo im the men in grey with Gopro and pabst blue ribbon ! its not this crash but in the same place : www.pinkbike.com/video/326521
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 Beautiful pics. My favourite atmosphere for shooting. Fog and drizzle. Go Steve. First place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 what time is the race tomorrow? GMT/English time idealy!?
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 8.15pm I think!
  • + 1
 log onto Redbull - it has a coundown timer on race day
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  • + 4
 Get well soon Cam Cole! and good luck to Brook Mc Donald!
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 *Guillaume Cauvin
  • + 1
 Right, not Remi Gauvin.
  • + 4
 Thanks for the catch, fixed that one up.
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  • + 2
 gwiiiiiinnn....thats science for you
  • + 1
 i just puked in my helmet
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 about to invest in a 2nd hand demo so GO GWIN haha
  • + 1
 tom with a name like that you should be riding SC only pal
  • + 1
 Haha id love a v10 but not on my budget
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 Gee crashed in qually!!!! Then cruised down. Must be crap to be that fast.
  • + 4
 yeah, his cruising would give us a freakin seizure lol
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  • + 3
 Aaron Gwin... lets see
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 He will be back!!!
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 Once they sort out the geo of his bike.
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  • + 1
 wow great photos, cant wait for the race this season is just great :-)
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  • + 1
 Looks like gee shaves his legs, is that a common thing for pros?
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  • + 1
 Winning vibs to Steve from bc and Rob from ontairo!
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 Is Gwin wearing body armour?
  • + 1
 pretty sure Gwin has been wearing the TLD armor of late. Looks like Gee proved that knee pads need a plastic shell after all!
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 GO STEVIE GO!!!!!!!!!!
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 Does Gee shave his legs!?
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