Photo Epic: Rock Solid - Mont-Sainte-Anne XC World Champs 2019

Sep 1, 2019
by Andy Vathis  


Photo Epic presented by Topeak


Mont-Sainte-Anne has always been a brutal bruiser of a course, and today proved it still has its teeth well intact. It was a hard day in the office for all that that raced. Those rocks and steep climbs took their toll for sure. In the U23 women, Sina Frei took her second title after running away from the field, while Laura Stigger and Loana Lecomte took second and third. For the women, the race was once again the most exciting race of the day. Pauline Ferrand Prevot had an incredible performance moving from the third row to the front of the field and taking the win over a hard-charging Jolanda Neff. Rebecca McConnell had the ride of her season to take third place after spending time in the front of the pack. For the men, there was heartbreak for Gerhart Kerschbaumer as he flatted and lost his second-place finish due to his mechanics leaving the tech zone early. Nino Schurter took yet another commanding win, tiring out his opponents and then reeling them in on the rocky course. Mathias Flueckiger took second and an elated Stephane Tempier took third.

Loana Lecomte gets warms up on a World Championships morning where falls chill hung in the air.
Loana Lecomte warms up on a World Championships morning where fall chills hung in the air.

For Evie Richards it s all about that pre-ritual.
For Evie Richards it's all about that pre-ritual.

Laura Stigger looked relaxed as can be in the boxes ready to fire.
Laura Stigger looked relaxed as can be in the boxes ready to fire.

Sina Frei warms up for battle while a girl wears a hat with a chipmunk on top.
Sina Frei warms up for battle while a girl wears a hat with a chipmunk on top.

U23 Women s start is a go.
U23 Women's start is a go.

Sina Frei took a commanding win.
Sina Frei took a commanding win.

Loana Lecomte Kept Martina Berta at bay then chased down Eve Richards for third.
Loana Lecomte kept Martina Berta at bay then chased down Eve Richards.

Laura Stigger took second in her best result since Albstadt.
Laura Stigger took second in her best result since Albstadt.

Sina Frei taking the first of two rainbow jerseys for Switzerland.
Sina Frei taking the first of two rainbow jerseys for Switzerland.

Lecomte and her support system. Great ride from her today.
Lecomte and her support system. Great ride from her today.

Haley Batten definitely worked for her sixth place.
Haley Batten definitely worked for her sixth place.

Frei Stigger and Lecomte your U23 women podium.
Frei, Stigger, and Lecomte, your U23 women podium.

All that hard work culminates in this glorious moment.
All that hard work culminates in this glorious moment.

Kate Courtney looked a little pensive before the start.
Kate Courtney looked a little pensive before the start.

Happy World Champs day Canada
Happy World Champs day Canada!

Bec Henderson ready to unleash a shocker of a ride.
Rebecca McConnell ready to unleash a shocker of a ride.

Jenny Rissveds did not have the repeat performance she thought she d have after her historic win in Lenzerheide.
Jenny Rissveds did not have the repeat performance she thought she'd have after her historic win in Lenzerheide.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot all smiles before race start. Who knew she d come back to take the win after starting a few rows back.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot all smiles before race start. Who knew she'd come back to take the win after starting a few rows back.

Elite women start.
Elite women start.

Leave it to America to bring the biggest flag to another country.
Leave it to America to bring the biggest flag to another country.

McConnell on route to the podium for Australia.
McConnell on route to the podium for Australia.

Kate Courtney has been struggling as of late to keep the win streak alive. Still a strong ride today finishing fifth.
Kate Courtney has been struggling as of late to keep the win streak alive. Still a strong ride today finishing fifth.

The mighty Beatrice couldn t slow down Pauline. She was long gone before the rest of the pack showed up.
The mighty Beatrice couldn't slow down Pauline. She was long gone before the rest of the pack showed up.

Jolanda Neff on her way to second place.
Jolanda Neff on her way to second place.

Anne Terpstra leading out her country mate up the climb to the Beatrice.
Anne Terpstra leading out her countrymate up the climb to the Beatrice.

Back in the top 10 for Emily Batty.
Back in the top 10 for Emily Batty.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot worked her way up from the third row to take the win.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot worked her way up from the third row to take the win.

Coming in..... blind PFP has a moment with the flag across the line.
Coming in..... blind? PFP has a moment with the flag across the line.

Flag issues sorted Pauline can finally celebrate her stripes.
Flag issues sorted, Pauline can finally celebrate her stripes.

Ferrand-Prevot over the moon.
Ferrand-Prevot over the moon.


Anne Tauber feeling the burn after six laps of the MSA course.
Anne Tauber feeling the burn after six laps of the MSA course.

Kate Cortney has had a rough go of the second half of the season but her Olympic spot is now secure.
Kate Cortney has had a rough go of the second half of the season, but her Olympic spot is now secure.

She has been making solid gains throughout the season that culminated in another World Champion title.
She has been making solid gains throughout the season, that culminated in another World Champion title.

Prevot Neff and Henderson your women top three.
Prevot, Neff, and McConnell your women top three.

Five more stripes acquired by Pauline. What a race.
Five more stripes acquired by Pauline. What a race.

You need extra shade when you just lost your eyebrows.
You need extra shade when you just lost your eyebrows.

Stephane Tempier settling in to the start. He kept the field honest by race s end.
Stephane Tempier settling in to the start. He kept the field honest by race's end.

Less electrifying start for Alan Hetherly.
Less electrifying start for Alan Hetherly.

Nino Schurter is no stranger to pressure. He s the current World Champ after his win at home last year and he surely doesn t want to let go of them just yet.
Nino Schurter is no stranger to pressure. He's the current World Champ after his win at home last year and he surely doesn't want to let go of them just yet.

Nino leads the men off the line.
Nino leads the men off the line.

Strong start from Henrique Avancini but it would not be in the cards for him after slipping down the pack.
Strong start from Henrique Avancini but it would not be in the cards for him after slipping down the pack.

Mathias Flueckiger was in the mix from the very beginning and other than a few jabs from the competition early on he pretty much guaranteed his spot on the podium.
Mathias Flueckiger was in the mix from the very beginning and other than a few jabs from the competition early on, he pretty much guaranteed his spot on the podium.

Stephan Tempier makes quick work of Beatrice on his way to third place.
Stephane Tempier makes quick work of Beatrice on his way to third place.

Henrique Avancini spent his time at the front but MSA eventually chewed up his energy.
Henrique Avancini spent his time at the front, but MSA eventually chewed up his energy.

Fifth place finish for Gerhard Kerschbaumer although he was looking at a silver medal before his rear tire decided it had enough of the MSA rocks.
Fifth place finish for Gerhard Kerschbaumer although he was looking at a silver medal before his rear tire decided it had enough of the MSA rocks.

Nino Pulling the chase group up before leaving them all to dry.
Nino Pulling the chase group up before leaving them all to dry.

Tempier up to the Beatrice.
Tempier up to the Beatrice.

Impressive ride by Titouan Carod as he climbed his way up the list. Fourth for him.
Impressive ride by Titouan Carod as he climbed his way up the list. Fourth for him.

Nino played his cards perfectly. tire out the competition and then pounce.
Nino played his cards perfectly. tire out the competition and then pounce.

World Champ yet again.
World Champ yet again.

Finish line celebrations.
Finish line celebrations.

Nothing left in the tank. MSA is a bruiser.
Nothing left in the tank. MSA is a bruiser.

Mont Sainte Anne will drain you.
Mont-Sainte-Anne will drain you.

Rough day for Avancini.
Rough day for Avancini.

Kerschbaumer s misfortune. It s just the way she goes sometimes.
Kerschbaumer's misfortune. It's just the way she goes sometimes.

Men s Elite podium.
Men's Elite podium.

Same jersey new year.
Same jersey, new year.

Tasty metal. Do you reckon they have a lead core
Tasty metal. Do you reckon they have a lead core?

That s all from MSA see you in Snowshoe.
That's all from MSA, see you in Snowshoe.



34 Comments

  • 20 1
 "...warms up for battle while a girl wears a hat with a chipmunk on top." Sounds like something Jeremy would say during the opening of Top Gear.
  • 9 0
 Really enjoyed the race feed. That was a proper XC track - more of this please!!
  • 6 0
 Great photos! I was there yesterday, the “pensive” description of Kate was spot on. She and the rest of the Americans showed up late to the start line, in fact they had to specifically do an “urgent page” for Kate. When she went by she looked upset or distracted. Once she took over the lead Pauline was in a different league. Props to Emily Batty and anyone else who braved that course with a frickin’ hardtail!
  • 4 0
 A 27.5 hardtail at that. Interesting that her best race of the year comes when she switches back to small wheels.
  • 4 0
 @WhatAboutBob: her best race of the year happened to be on home soil...
  • 1 0
 @formula411:
No. And although her result was her beat of the year she was still 5 minutes off the win. That is a big difference from where she was last year.

MSA is a course who favours riders, like Emily, who technically precise and rarely make mistakes.
  • 1 0
 @WhatAboutBob: I have noticed this too. Twice now she has gone up to 29ner and had an off season each time! When she rides 27.5 she seems to have a better season! Clearly suits her better IMHO
  • 8 0
 Hey Trek, did you see how Rebecca McConnell went?
  • 12 7
 Not a single mention of Ondrej Cink, yet again. Bravo Pinkbike.
  • 4 1
 To be fair they really only focused on the top 3 and those we expected to be in the top 3
  • 1 6
flag Tiez (Sep 1, 2019 at 2:04) (Below Threshold)
 No Mens U23 Coverage
  • 8 0
 @Tiez: The Mens U23 race was held on Friday. You can find the Photo Epic for that race here.
  • 1 0
 @Tiez: look back the front page Wink
  • 2 0
 He finished 6th, its not like he podium'd and they didn't post anything. There are no photos of Annie Last either who also finished 6th.
  • 4 0
 Leave it to someone from Montreal to complain about a flag at world champs... @andy9
  • 1 0
 Not my caption tho and Matt's from 'Merica.
  • 3 0
 New Trek xc bike uncovered, only picture of Jolanda was black and white... Wait for the release on Monday I guess
  • 1 0
 There’s been plenty of photos on the web for the last few months of the models coming out. It’s kinda ugly but at the same time it sounds like it’s a stupidly light full sus so I’ll probably end up owning one
  • 2 0
 Yeah .. Great track..proper XC for these skilled riders..Way to go MSA..good decision UCI
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if there will be a feed or summary or visual moving imagery of these races available?
  • 1 0
 Visual Moving Imagery. I have some of that on VHS
  • 1 0
 redbull.tv
  • 2 5
 Disgraceful job getting our sports' world championship out there for the world to see. Don't tell me there isn't any sponsor money, as the people who buy products from these manufacturers have already given you thousands of their dollars every single year!
  • 3 2
 If I say ‘Damn French Canadians’ am I guaranteed lots of dislikes?
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