Photo Epic: The Tipping Point - Mont-Sainte-Anne XC World Cup Finals 2018

Aug 12, 2018
by Irmo Keizer  


Mont-Sainte-Anne is one of very few true mountain bike classics still to be found on today's World Cup schedule. Dating back to 1991, this venue has earned its stripes hosting both World Championships as well World Cups. Saturday's downhill finals saw thousands and thousands of spectators on the mountain sides, cheering on the world class athletes from over the globe. Today, with temperatures rising towards tropical levels, the cross country races were on. With just two races to go in this year's series, chances for glory are getting slimmer and slimmer. We've seen new faces on top this year and many getting closer. Margins are decreasing, competition is heating up. This is mountain biking at its finest.

U23 Women

Game on for Sina Frei. Riding incredibly strong Frei is domaniting the 2018 season.
Game on for Sina Frei. Riding incredibly strong, Frei is dominating the 2018 season.

Sina Frei charging hard on her hardtail.
Sina charging hard on her hardtail.

Haley Batten just missed out on the top five this morning.
Haley Batten just missed out on the top five this morning.

Laurie Arseneault this years Canadian National Champion rolled in to a top 15 result.
Laurie Arseneault, this year's Canadian National Champion, rolled into a top 15 result.

Sina Frei continues her domination.
Sina Frei continues her domination.

Richards tire went flat at some point in the final lap and still managed to fend off Malene.
Richards' tire went flat at some point in the final lap and still managed to fend off Malene.

U23 Men

The rush to the start loop was met with the distinct sound of derailleurs shifting.
The rush to the start loop was met with the distinct sound of derailleurs shifting.

Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo from Mexico paced himself well and on to the podium.
Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo from Mexico paced himself well and on to the podium.

Chris Blevins rode one hell off a race attacking and riding confidently to a second position.
Chris Blevins rode one hell off a race, attacking and riding confidently to a second position.

Alan Hatherly chased by Chris Blevins.
Alan Hatherly chased by Chris Blevins.

Happiness.
Happiness.

Anthony Bergeron was one of Mont-Sainte-Anne s victims. A broken handle bar ended his race.
Anthony Bergeron was one of Mont-Sainte-Anne's victims. A broken handle bar ended his race.

Sean Fincham digging into the climb in good form but was ultimately looking for more.
Sean Fincham digging into the climb in good form but was ultimately looking for more.

Sportsmanship reigns supreme.
Sportsmanship reigns supreme.

Simon Andreassen rode well today and closed out the top five.
Simon Andreassen rode well today and closed out the top five.


Elite Women

Yana Belomoina last year s winner warming up for the race.
Yana Belomoina, last year's winner, warming up for the race.

Jolanda Neff took the hole shot as well as a comfortable lead. The field was left in the dust.
Jolanda Neff took the holeshot as well as a comfortable lead. The field was left in the dust.

Anne Tauber has more then proven herself in her maiden elite year.
Anne Tauber has more then proven herself in her debut elite year.

Second to none in the downhills as well in the uphills today. The field stood no chance.
Second to none in the downhills, as well in the uphills today. The field stood no chance today. Neff's #totaltakeover

Kate Courtney rode an impressive race only to see her chances deminished by a flat tyre and some mistakes affterwards as she tried to push back to second. She finished in 6th.
Kate Courtney rode an impressive race only to see her chances dashed by a flat tyre and some mistakes afterward as she tried to push back to second. She finished in 6th.

Catharine Pendrel back in action. Pendrel rode a solid race finishing in 16th.
Catharine Pendrel back in action. Pendrel rode a solid race, finishing in 16th.

Belomoina took a beating today crashing but still finishing in fourth.
Belomoina took a beating today, crashing, but still finishing in fourth.

Annika Langvad managed to fight off an unleashed Emily Batty.
Annika Langvad managed to fight off an unleashed Emily Batty.

Emily Batty rode a flawless race in front of her home crowd. A well deserved third.
Emily Batty rode a strong race in front of her home crowd. A well deserved third.

Haley Smith finished in 8th.
Haley Smith finished in an impressive 8th place.

In a class of her own today. Neff won with almost two minutes to spare.
In a class of her own today. Neff won with almost two minutes to spare.

Emily Batty Trek CAN
Emily Batty gave the home crowd what they came for.

Catharine Pendrel brings it home.
Catharine Pendrel brings it home.

Belomoina crashed on her hip causing pain in an injury she sustained just prior to the season.
Belomoina crashed on her hip, causing pain in an injury she sustained just prior to the season.


Elite Men

Anton Cooper may not have known it at this point but he was in for quite an afternoon.
Anton Cooper may not have known it at this point but he was in for quite an afternoon.

No amount of preparation can be done to deal with unexpected mechanicals while leading a race. Nino Schurter in his zone before the clock started.
No amount of preparation can be done to deal with unexpected mechanicals while leading a race. Nino Schurter in his zone before the clock started.


Titouan Carod took the lead early in the race setting a blistering pace.
Titouan Carod took the lead early in the race, setting a blistering pace.

The track will bite you even while pedaling.
This track will bite you, even while pedaling.

Nino Schurter seemed to be riding towards another win but a broken chain threw him back in the field. Schurter still finished in 7th and secured the overall win.
Nino Schurter seemed to be riding towards another win, but a broken chain threw him back in the field. Schurter still finished in 7th and secured the overall win.

The top three after Nino s mechanical. Now there was a whole new race brewing.
The top three after Nino's mechanical. Now there was a whole new race brewing.

Gerhard Kerschbaumer
Gerhard Kerschbaumer

Maxime Marotte has been on a mission this year. Marotte challenged the podium but had to settle for 4th.
Maxime Marotte has been on a mission this year. Marotte challenged the podium but had to settle for 4th.

Anton Cooper came close to a win but overcooked it on B atrice and crashed.
Anton Cooper came close to a win but overcooked it on Beatrice and crashed.

Schuter was not the only one with mechanics. Fontana flatted and had to walk down parts of the course.
Schurter was not the only one with mechanical issues. Fontana flatted and had to walk parts of the course.

Nino Schurter Scott-SRAM SUI
Schurter pushed hard trying to come back.

Gerhard Kerschbaumer tried to challenge Fl ckiger s lead but Fl ckiger countered directly.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer tried to challenge Fluckiger's lead.

Titouan Carod rode an impressive race and took third.
Titouan Carod rode an impressive race and took third.

Gerhard Kerschbaumer is one to watch in the coming races.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer is one to watch in the coming races.

Jordan Sarrou in action.
Jordan Sarrou in action.

Cooper and Fl ckiger fought it out in B atrice but Cooper crashed and saw his bike end up below him causing him valuable time.
Cooper and Fluckiger fought it out in Beatrice, but Cooper crashed, costing him valuable time.

Well deserved. Mat Fl ckiger kept it together and brought home the win.
Well deserved. Mat Fluckiger kept it together and brought home the win.

The post-race sit - Leg power extinguished and cramps creeping up.
The post-race sit - Leg power extinguished and cramps creeping up.

It was a scorcher out there.
It was a scorcher out there.

Nino and Anton can only laugh about their misfortunes.
Nino and Anton can only laugh about their misfortunes.

One and two
One and two

A wall of campaign drapes the podium.
A wall of champagne drapes the podium.

Nino may not have won the race but it was certain he won the battle wrapping up the overall here in Mont Sainte Anne.
Nino may not have won the race but it was certain he won the battle wrapping up the overall here in Mont Sainte Anne.

Mathias Fl ckiger Th mus FOX Shimano SUI
Mathias Fleckiger has done it.

Results

Women U23

1. Sina frei
2. Evie Richards
3. Malene Degn
4. Marika Tova
5. Nicole Koller

Men U23

1. Alan Hatherly
2. Chris Blevins
3. Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo
4. David Nordemann
5. Simon Andreassen


Women elite

1. Jolanda Neff
2. Annika Langvad
3. Emily Batty
4. Yana Belomoina
5. Anne Tauber

Men elite

1. Math Flückiger
2. Gerhard Kerschbaumer
3. Titouan Carod
4. Maxime Marotte
5. Luca Braidot


That concludes a day chock full of racing. Most cards have been dealt for the season, but we expect some fireworks for the finals in La Bresse in two weeks time. Mont-Ste-Anne, au revoir. We're looking forward to next year.



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29 Comments

  • 13 0
 what an insane race, so many attacks & serious crashes. Kerschbaumers crash to 2nd place was impressive. I must admit I laughed after Anton Cooper crashed & couldnt find his bike! he was lucky he wasnt injured
  • 3 1
 If there was one more lap, he was likely the winner.
  • 3 0
 Oh but he was....as a Welshman, you might understand what a "Buck Shelford" is.... the lad ripped open his nut case...
  • 1 0
 @handynzl: www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12106300

Nasty injury for Cooper, no frenchies about when he crashed? You'd think he'd be off the bike for a little while.
  • 13 0
 Props to Anton Cooper for finishing the race with his family jewels on the outside of his purse. Breed em tough in kiwiland.
  • 8 0
 I love DH . But XC is real racing and inspiring
  • 6 0
 yes Anton riding on with a buck shelford injury. very very gutsy
  • 2 0
 Bring Back Buck
  • 5 0
 Craziest race of the season for sure.
  • 1 0
 Me after purchasing carbon bars at the LBS: Yes, I'd like to exchange this for aluminum handle bars and the remainder of my $400 in one dollar bills, please.
  • 1 0
 Verify this for me- when climbing, even on the rocky switchbacks, are all these guys locking out their suspension, both front & back?
  • 1 0
 Why do xc racers love foam grips? Is it function or fashion?
  • 18 0
 They're light and comfortable.
  • 1 0
 Why wouldn't they love them ?
  • 1 0
 Clears sweat well
  • 1 0
 To make it harder on their mechanics.
  • 2 1
 also note that top Elite man and woman wore fingerless gloves. I guess when you are number 1 you can wear what works best for you and not what is fashionable
  • 2 0
 Go Avancini!!
  • 1 0
 Photo captioned "happiness" is.....akward
  • 1 0
 Awesome race and great photos!
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