ME BIKE GETS MUDDY
What can we say? It's been a while. Four years is no short weekend, but after all this time, the one and only Sam Hill is back setting the kind of pace we used to know him for... the fastest kind. Qualifying off the back, but still in touch with 6th, he was more a wildcard pick than any kind of dead cert. Problems with his brakes in that run may have held him back from throwing down all his chips and giving away early his master-plan to destroy this infamous Canadian raceway when it mattered. It comes as a more than welcome surprise addition to the history books, as we see five winners from five rounds and indeed, the return of the king. Sam Hill at long last comes home to roost in the place where he won the World Championships and raced his first ever World Cup all the way back in 2001; the mighty MS of A.
|I wanted all year to win. Fort William I was happy to get second but still disappointed to not get top step. I was really looking forward to this race because the last big win I had was World Champs here in 2010, so I thought I may get things started again here...classic Mont St. Anne. The track is long, rough and fast... just a challenge all the way. I kind of like these sorts of conditions and I put a good run together, missed a few of my lines but I am pumped that I still pulled it off - Sam Hill - CRC Nukeproof|
|I've had good times and bad here really... I've won a few times, but crashed in the World Champs and then again last year. This year has been definitely the hardest for me mentally and my fitness is not there... I'm struggling on the long tracks. I had a six week bed rest after Australia due to a glandular fever infection, just before Fort William, which obviously set me back and I've tried to catch up but the mid season is just not the right time to get some solid weeks of training in - Rachel Atherton - Atherton Racing|
|I am really happy with the result and being so close to Manon because I honestly thought I would be miles away. I'm looking forward to Windham, I do like the track there and it is a bit shorter than this one. It's all still to play for, keep it moving I guess! Rachel Atherton - Atherton Racing|
|It still feels weird, I am still expecting to not be up there! I'm really happy the racing is close, it's a bit boring when someone is miles ahead so it 's exciting to watch, it 's cool. Today I was actually not going really fast, I kept stalling all the time on the top before the first split... Under the gondola I was getting it together! I always do it like that, building up the speed towards the bottom so I guess I have to sort this out for next weekend because the Windham track's short. When I came down to the finish area I saw red on the board and thought: Oh no... but I snuck it back just at the end - Manon Carpenter - Madison Saracen Factory Team|
|Everything is just working awesome this year, I'm in good shape and my bike feels awesome. JC hooked me up with some extra long pins in my pedals, so I got no problem. Flat pedals win medals I reckon - Sam Hill - CRC Nukeproof|
| I always believed in myself and I'm very confident now for the upcoming races... there's no doubt in the back of my mind anymore - Sam Hill - CRC Nukeproof|