Behind the Scenes at the Mont Saint Anne World Cup - The Podium

Nov 24, 2011 at 22:01
by Ian Hylands  
There is a lot that goes into putting on a World Cup race, from the initial planning to the actual execution. The Mont Saint Anne World Cup is organized by Gestev, a small company from Quebec City. Gestev have put on the Mont Saint Anne Mountain Bike World Cup every year since the beginning of the series in 1991, and they pay a lot of attention to details. It's important for them to have everything perfect, and because of that they've consistently ranked in the top 2 in the IMTTO event rankings, winning the 'Event of the Year' title in 2009. They've also won the UCI Rainbow award for 'Best stop on the World Cup Circuit', and this year Patrice Drouin and Chantal Lachance of Gestev were inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

Podium at Mountain Bike World Championships at Mt Saint Anne in Quebec.
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In this first of several behind the scenes posts we talk to Gestev's Isabelle Leclerc about the awards ceremonies at Mont Saint Anne. Isabelle was in charge of social media and the awards ceremonies this year, and she was also this years podium girl. The podium girl or girls are responsible for the delivery of the flowers, jerseys, medals, and champagne to the podium where they are handed out to the athletes.

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bigquotesIt's really important for us to have a great awards ceremony, so all the details are really important. This year our main sponsor was Videotron, so everything has a yellow accent. Yellow shoes, yellow flowers, yellow nails...

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bigquotesLast year for World Championships we did a big brainstorming session and came up with the idea for the "Canadian Girls". We wanted something really special that would represent Canada and look Canadian, but still fit with our style.

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bigquotesWe've had the wooden plates since 1998 I think, the last World Championships here...

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Keep your eyes peeled for further posts as we take a look into what goes into producing a world class World Cup event...





25 Comments

  • 9 1
 is it just me or do the two girls on the left in the second to last photo look like they could be twins ??
  • 2 1
 I thought that also :S . . .
  • 36 1
 They also look about 15 before anyone gets any ideas...
  • 5 0
 no one was even thinking that -_-
  • 3 10
flag docker0141 (Nov 30, 2011 at 23:44) (Below Threshold)
 I thought the girl 3rd from the left in the same photo was Rachel Atherton for a second
  • 2 0
 Thanks allot for pointing out the obvious, I'm not some sort of Gary Glitter!
  • 24 0
 I'm also about 15 ~~ i can have my ideias Big Grin
  • 12 0
 epavichthesavage, my friend you clearly haven't experienced the full force of the parent's-basement-dwelling pinkbiker's sexual prowess. Preying on the innocent breast-clad members of the mountain biking community and unleashing a torrent of sleazy and wholly cringing verbal tat in an attempt to wow and one-up their peers...

lol
  • 4 0
 bunkey behave Razz
  • 1 0
 I have now bunkey, I have now. And I'm not sure I like it Razz
to tell the truth, I am not sure if it was meant or if it was JK's
We may never know
  • 1 0
 They may be 15 fellas, so get your mind out of the gutter.
Fantasize all you like ,..just don't tell anyone what you're thinking. Razz


"My Two Cents"
  • 7 0
 Props to the girls this year there killing it
  • 26 0
 Giggity..
  • 5 0
 soooo much champagne and girls!!! World Cups dont get any better
  • 3 1
 World champs at MSA was just legendary! So happy i was there to feel the vibe and see the best racers in the world go head to head! Oh yeh and a lot of champagne went down, specially at the after party!
  • 4 1
 Mmmmmmm.... Canadian girls.....
  • 1 0
 Never mind the girls and Champagne, is that Chris Kovarik I see in Lycra!! Haha
  • 3 0
 nope, I think the guy you're referring to is Jose Antonio Hermida, last years XC World Champion...
  • 2 0
 is that just me or most of them have weird teeth?
  • 2 0
 Oh Canada!
  • 2 1
 Thankyou guys for all the work behind the scenes!
  • 1 0
 Jose antonio hermnida!! yeaah!! hahaha the winner!!!
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