Throwback Thursday: Old School Mont Sainte Anne Race Action From the 90s

Aug 20, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
If mountain bike racing has a spiritual home then Mont Sainte Anne could be it. The venue first hosted a World Cup in 1991 and has held either a World Cup or a World Championships every year since. The streak will end this year thanks to COVID 19 but that just gives us an excuse to look back at the earliest days of racing there. Here are some highlights of XC and DH races dating back to 1992.

1992


1993

DH


XC


1994


1996


1997

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1999

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Taken from Transcontinental: Headliners 2. Skip to 26:32 for the Mont Sainte Anne Section

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36 Comments

  • 44 1
 That's definitely a walk down memory lane for me. Watched this on Eurosport back in the days. Loved the battles between Frischknecht, Tomac, Overend and Juarez. MTBing definitely had a deep impact on me in my youth and those guys where all role models to me. Thanks pinkbike for keeping the memories fresh!
  • 5 0
 Couldn't have said it better myself Smile
  • 5 1
 Same. I worked offshore in the North Sea in the early to mid nineties and if I was on night shift I would always lookout for repeats of the Eurosport MTB shows which were usually shown in the early hours of the morning.
  • 26 0
 Also, can we have a Thomas Frischknecht appreciation day or something? 29 years between his junior CX world championship and his recent Cape Epic win. He has raced everyone from Tomac to Nino and always stayed at the pointy end. What a legend.
  • 13 0
 Watch a little of the 1993 one. It’s great when the announcer in says ‘and she’s riding what called a full suspension bike, which has suspension in the front and back’
  • 1 0
 I had to laugh at that.
  • 5 0
 ah yes.... the beginnings of the sport : Tomac, Vouilloz, Martinez, Chausson, Giove, the brothers Taillefer, Gunn Rita Dale, Sintesi, Volvo-Cannondale, GT, Sunn (the absolute dream team for us frenchies at the time!! ❤), Giant, Scott, Ritchey, Rob Warner, Steve Peat.... I don't know if these were good times, but that was the birth of our sport, the first trips in the woods, the muscles of your forearms disconnecting from your bones at each downhill. (that's what happens when you don't have a front suspension). I remember how my friends were making fun of me when I bought my full suspended bike back in 1995 (aaah, my 40mm front and rear travel on my belissimo Bianchi...). they did not believe me when I was saying it was the future of the sport. history spoke. long live the riders, long live the mountains!
  • 5 0
 Excellent! Things were quite different back then! Thanks for the memories.

I raced MSA in 1996 with v-brakes and Rockshox Judy DH (3" of undampened elastomer travel). It was really scary!
  • 3 0
 Judy DH's had damping. The 1996 versions had a single damper whereas the 97's had twin damping and a HUGE 80mm of travel. So many fond memories of burning money on ridiculously overpriced MTB parts.
  • 5 1
 We NEED Red Bull to release the world cup footage from alll the old world cups, 2014 etc, especially in lockdown and with a second wave coming. finally give me something to watch that isnt breaking bad for the 3rd time
  • 7 0
 Amazing how much that looks like Gravel Riding today
  • 1 0
 The headliners '99 film is pretty cool - still edits nowadays (on modern DH bikes) from some of those same spots - 21 years ago!
  • 4 0
 Nothing like a throwback to Sunn and Tomac bikes. I wish Balfa made a comeback
  • 1 0
 I raced the 92, 93 and 94 course with a 52 t front ring. I also recall being in the dual slalom starting corral with Legends. Usually made it a few rounds until showtime got the better of me and I would hit the jumps for too much air for the best bike dad could afford with 4 kids. Different times, a very expensive sport and the realization that I would never make a living with ‘extreme sports’. I hung up the bike in 1995 - dabble into it in mid-2000 then came full circle when hired by WB in 2014 to work with more skiing and biking legends to try to make a go at being a stand-alone public company. It didn’t last but passions run deep and strong. MSA WC was instrumental to me as a junior racer and I just wish we could offer something similar in BC... maybe one day... stay tuned.
  • 3 0
 Was it Eurosport or Transworld Sport?? Or was that the same thing? Think it used to be on Channel 4 on Sunday morning.
  • 2 0
 Yeah racing was shown on Eurosport but you needed Sky, Transworld Sport was a cool programme early on Sunday mornings and they’d show more niche ‘action’ sports and show highlight coverage from the races.
In those days it was amazing to see any mountain biking on TV wasn’t it?!
  • 3 0
 Can someone upload champery 2011? The full race? Freecaster.tv deleted it, its nowhere
  • 2 0
 Frischnekt looks like a juniors racer with hand me down kit thats way too big...
  • 1 0
 Mont St Anne, a true classic. I was there in the 90's and more recently.. The Steve Smith rock drop is impressive and aptly named!
  • 1 0
 No one is going to comment on the large Lifestyle Condoms banner at the finish area? Wonder if they'd support one of today's DH teams?
  • 3 0
 Giove winning with bar ends. Palmer racing slalom. So much awesomeness.
  • 3 1
 Ah back when "we" were on Eurosport. As were booze commercials.
  • 2 0
 Lol, 'this young lad' when speaking about Rob Warner...
  • 1 0
 can't imagine the size of the POV camera used to get some of on bike footage.
  • 1 0
 that 1997 clip with the faith no more and boo-ya tribe soundtrack. oh, the memories.
  • 2 0
 dudes and dudettes riding on rigid bikes, yah!!!
  • 2 0
 Back in the day when bars were so short your thumbs would touch.
  • 1 0
 I have some VHS tapes, even one 4X in Plymouth 2002 i think, with the GT team... Some day i'll upload it!
  • 1 0
 Funny how nothing has changed but the track since 92. No wonder their Gondola shit the bed this winter...
  • 1 0
 Poll: What sucked more? The bike tech or the potatoes they filmed the races with?
  • 1 0
 Good stuff. I always loved when the circus came to town in Big Bear mixing with the names.
  • 2 0
 FLIPPING AWESOME
  • 2 0
 i love it .....
  • 1 0
 That is, in the 1993 DH race...
  • 1 0
 I think I'll have Campari...
  • 1 0
 Good memories.

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