Fun times in mud land Quebec. If anyone would like to know…it is roughly 4500 km from Nelson BC to Bromont Quebec... holy crap! Lets just say I had a few “me, myself and Irene” moments on my solo drive across the country. But I made it without a single speeding ticket…perfect. This weekend has been awesome. A week and a half ago I was walking through snow at -45 degrees up in the artic dreaming about playing in the mud in Bromont, and after an epic journey, I finally made it. There has been a fantastic turn out for this race. It’s the first Canada cup of the season and there are a lot of hungry athletes hunting for the mandatory UCI points to race at the Mont St. Anne world cup in June.
My team mate Geoff Pendrel and I are staying at the National cycling centre here in Bromont, along with a serious crew of goof ball DH racers. Loads of debauchery and good times…sorry about the mess and all the noise!...and you will have to excuse my friend Jamie Biluk, he’s special.
Training was rad. I can’t say enough good things about the riding at Bromont. Personally I think it is the best mountain in Canada for chair access DH riding…not free riding but actual aggressive race style trails and courses. You can count on it usually being wet, there are countless natural rock lines and sooo many fast flowy corners. And to top it all off, there is a sick water slide park at the base of the mountain. I always love riding in Bromont. Training was muddy as hell Friday and sloppy on Saturday but starting to dry up as the rain had stopped early in the day. All weekend we were taunted with the idea of heavy rain all day Sunday, which would have changed a lot of the lines by the time we raced. The rain held off until the awards and the course dried up and became a lot faster…braaap! It was great racing conditions.
Mr. Steve Smith (Cove bikes/Sram) at the ripe young age of 18 decided to show us old foagies how to ride a bike. He managed to dominate the elite men’s field and be the fastest man (kid) on the mountain. Congrates young Jedi master, and watch for him on the race scene, he will be a dominating force in the years to come. In the elite women’s field Micayla Gatto (Rocky Mountain/Haywood) kicked some ass and took the win. Good job both of you.Elite Women
1. Micayla Gatto (Rocky Mountain Haywood) 5:25
2. Marie-Eve Marcott (Mathieu Performance)
3. Amber Zirnhelt (Brodie)
4. Sheila Morris (Gravitesse)
5. Emilie AudetElite Men
1. Steve Smith (Cove Bikes) 4:22
2. Justin Brown (Cycles Solutions)
3. Gerrit Beytah ((USA) moorwood)
4. Louis Philip Leonard (Lama Cycles)
5. Charles Alexandre Dube (Cove Bikes)
6. Nick Quinn (Calgary Cycle)
We all finished the weekend off with a sloppy night of heavy drinking and a dance off at the local watering hole…Thank you Quebec for the good times!
I am now in North Bay Onterible filling up on home cooking and doing a little trail maintenance until Tremblant this weekend. See you all in the land of the French and home of the delicious poutine…aurevoir!
Special thanks goes out to Martin Moreau for donating photo’s from this weekend. Check out his site www.eyeofglass.com
Derek is a member of the Pinkbike.com/Devinci DH team
and is supported by:Devinci Bikes
-MRP Chain Guides
-DT Swiss Wheel Sets
-Chromag Bars and Stems
-Rockstar Energy Drinks
- N.R.G. Enterprises
As well as being individually supported by Oso Negro Coffee, Smith Optics, and his Mom & Dad.