Emily Batty and Red Bull challenged you to hit your personal best time on the Mont Sainte Anne UCI course (or a course with similar specs) from August 10 - September 7 during the "Emily Batty Challenge
"! Now, with all said and done, it's @Kavtor
(or Kurt as he's more commonly known!) who will be celebrating with a friend on an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2019 UCI World Championships in Quebec. We caught up with him after he found out.
How excited are you about winning a trip to Mont-Sainte-Anne?Kurt:
The first Downhill race I watched on Redbull.tv was Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2013. The storm rolling in. Steve Smith thundering down the mountain... To scramble around that track and watch the race live... are you kidding?!?
The real trick will be trying to figure out where the decisive moments will come in the Women’s Elite XC race. So many good battles last year, trying to get the most out of watching it live will be a challenge!
How did you find out about the contest and why did you get involved?Kurt:
I'm enough of a bike geek that checking Pinkbike and Trailforks is part of the breakfast routine. After seeing the contest it was just a matter of looking for an excuse for a fun ride.
Who are you going to bring to the World Champs with you?Kurt:
My teammate @caitlinbikes
. She was on the ride that got me qualified for the contest, so it only seems fair! (Sorry Nick & Eric!)
We asked Emily what it's like to race at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and what Kurt should expect from attending the 2019 World Championships.
What makes MSA such a special race for you?Emily Batty:
First of all, there is no better feeling than racing on home turf and especially at the World Cup level. On top of that, the course in MSA suits my strengths as a climber and the natural technical terrain - perfect case scenario for me is a muddy and slippery MSA course, mud is the natural equalizer between competitors.
Are there any rides you’d recommend for Kurt when he comes out to MSA for World Champs?Emily Batty:
Funny enough, MSA has some similarities to the West Coast and North Shore. Mix in some steep climbs, some chunky descending with big rocks where wheel placement and line choice is critical, and get good at slow technical cornering where balance and being light on power output is also essential.
And lastly, any insider tips for Kurt? Best spot to watch, best spot to grab lunch, etc. Emily Batty:
Best spot to watch would be Beatrice or Patriot because you can also run on over to watch the switchback climbs from there and view multiple places on the course. If you’re in Quebec, poutine is a must.
Enjoy the poutine and racing Kurt and Caitlin and good luck at World Championships on home soil in 2019 Emily!