The Canada Cup Race Season started up this past weekend in Quebec. Racers converged on Bromont, a cycling Mecca located just one hour from Montreal. Bromont is home to one of Canada’s national Cycling centers, a BMX track, a Velodrome, loads of killer XC trails and some of the most technical DH trails in the country. Back in 1999 there was a World Cup held here that was deemed so technical a number of riders refused to start the race. It is very good for the sport to have races here in terms of the quality and difficulty of the courses.
Bromont also has an amazing lift accessed bike park and is the East Coasts answer to Whistler. The weekend attracted park riders and racers from all provinces as well as US states such as Vermont, and New York and the line ups for the lift were as long as one hour.
We always know that when we come to Bromont that we are in for some great racing.
The weather was a real teaser and there were showers on and off all weekend. Fortunately the rain held off for the races, but the track was damp from rain the night before. The race course itself was about 90% single track consisting of a super technical and rock laded upper section, that had tight corners, mud holes, wet roots, and a big rock drop that lead you into a slick, wet rock section that finally dumped the riders into the second half of the course which was made up of fast bermed single track.
It is always a mystery at the first race of the year to see who will be on form. Pre race favorites for the Pro men were Geoff Pendrel
who always excels in technical wet courses, Hugo Donais
2nd overall in the Canada Cup last season, Kwanah Sioui
, a Bromont local and total shredder, Eric Goss
, who is always a stand out racer and was 4th overall in the Canada Cup last year, Brant Lyon
who is always a ripper, and possibly myself, but I am coming off a knarly wrist injury in the winter and I am not quite back to normal on the bike yet. Absent this weekend were Mat Laurin
, Jordie Lunn
, and Dustin Adams
who were competing at the first Norba in the US.
Once the racing started the mystery seemed to unravel itself quite nicely. The results were very tight as the 3rd thru 7th place riders all had exactly the same time minus a few 100ths of a second. In the end the race was dominated by Kwanah Sioui
) as he powered down to victory with a 3 second margin over 2nd place Pendrel
) and a whopping 11 second margin over 3rd place Donais
(Norco Factory Team
The women pre race favorites were Danika Schroeter
, who seems to win every National race she enters along with Katrina Strand
who has decide to give racing a more serious push this year in addition to her freeriding, Deb Mackillop
current BC Champion, and Janelle Cassidy
who is also putting a big effort into racing this year. In the end the results were predictable as Danika
) won again, by a 30 second margin!! She was followed by Dawn Bourque
(Rhino) and Janelle Cassidy
The Junior Men’s field was ruled by Justin Brown
who flew down to win by almost 6 seconds.
Next weekend the racers will tackle the technical and rough Mt. Tremblant course. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top now that the preseason jitters have been blasted from everyone’s minds.
Results for Canada Cup Downhill #1 Bromont Quebec May 23rd.
Result Name Team Time
1 Kwanah Sioui dhracer.com 4:22.69
2 Geoff Pendrel Devinci 4:25:01
3 Hugo Donais Norco Factory Team 4:33.09
4 Stephan Maliot dhracer.com 4:33:30
5 LP Leonard Norco Factory Team 4:33:49
6 Eric Goss Giant Canada 4:33:60
7 Mathieu Lagrange 4:33:78
8 Luke Kitzanuk Vllge Cycle/Hudsn/Giant 4:34:71
9 Philippe Menard La Cordee 4:38:59
10 Antoire Aubert-Larose East Side Freeride 4:38:75
Result Name Team Time
1 Danika Schroeter Giant Canada 5:05:52
2 Dawn Bourque Rhino 5:35:16
3 Janelle Cassidy Cove Bikes/Roach 5:36:68
4 Katrina Strand Oakley 5:37:49
5 Caroline Milot 5:37:77
6 Deb Mackillop Evolution Bikes 5:41:58
7 Lisa MC Innis 5:54:25
8 Sheila Morris 5:56:38
9 Sophie Poirier 5:58:18
10 Isabelle Plante 6:07:16
Junior Expert Men
Result Name Team Time
1 Justin Brown Primary 4:46:08
2 Guillaume Soucy-Alairie Privateer Racing 4:52:65
3 Samuel Lagrange 4:53:15
4 Derek Cowell Cycle Path 4:53:15
5 Hugo Chagnon GVS 5:02:60
6 Pierre-Yves Page Iron Horse 5:03:02
7 Francis Paquet GVS 5:06:02
8 Steve Vezina 5:09:79
9 Connor Macleod Cove Bikes/Sombrio 5:10:56
10 Chris Dufault 5:12:54
Mike Jones, accomplished Norco Factory DH Team ripper brings you his race day reflections first hand in this series of articles, The Racer’s Edge, here on Pinkbike. Visit his bio on [L=http://www.norco.com/norcoteam/downhill/mikejones/profile.html]Norco’s Factory Team page[/L] or for a more up close look, visit his own website: www.mikejones.ca.