The picturesque town of Baie-Saint-Paul has been hosting Canada Cup races for several years now. This year though, the small town and its rocky, bumpy and rooty course are hosting the big one: the race that decides who gets to don the maple leaf jersey. Racers and fans alike are always welcomed with smiles and open arms by the locals here, and this year was no different. The course, which was already very demanding technically and physically, has been tweaked to make it more spectacular and spectator friendly.
The elite men's race promised to be a nail-biter, and it did not disappoint. Raphael Gagne was clearly superior to his Canadian rivals earlier this season, but hasn't quite been showing the same form in the last few races. Leandre Bouchard, on the other hand, has been on a roll recently. As for Derek Zandstra, his recent exclusion from the Olympic team gave him a point to prove.
On the women's side of things, with Catharine Pendrel missing out this weekend, it looked like Emily Batty was going to dominate. She did end up taking the win, but it wasn't without a fight.