Once again, the first DH Canada Cup of the season took place this weekend in sunny Mt.Tremblant, Quebec. Tremblant is always a fun weekend, not necessarily for what the track has to offer but for the general positive vibe of the place. For many of us east coast riders, it is the first race of the year and usual the second or third weekend of riding. It is always nice to see the race buddies that you haven’t seen for the whole winter and have a chance to chat with all the west coast guys that are flying in for the event. Also, Tremblant in the sun means a lot of tourists and vacationers that browse through the pits, check out the bikes and stand in awe before the sport of downhill mountain biking. Needless to say the exposure of the sport and companies involved is very high at these types of events, and that’s what the industry needs.
This year, the organizers made a couple of big changes to the 1200 vertical feet of decent (375 meters) which were much appreciated on a track that seldom changed over the past decade. The rock “hole” and the last rock garden were re-worked. The changes were much appreciated since those two were definitely flow killers for everyone, even the top elite. The 12 minute long fire road ride/uphill in the blazing sun remained unchanged though. Well actually, this year we had the choice between a fire road that ended with an uphill or a never ending XC trail (The Sasquatch) that started with an uphill section. For those who were there, you know what we are talking about…
The first section stays true to itself year after year. It presents riders with many line choices that have you guessing where to go even though you’ve been studying and racing this section for years. Nothing seems to feel good on the way down, getting tossed from one side to another, struggling for that moment that gives you confidence in the first 30 seconds of 4 minute + race. Tough luck ‘cause there’s no such thing in these first woods! Hold on to your lock-ons and plow down as fast as you can!
At the finish line, the crowd was good and lively. Many booths were setup and many curious bystanders wandered over to join the true fans. A sunny race does help with the attendance numbers. This year 288 racers signed up for the DH event.
Results are as follows:Pro Men
1-DELFS Mitchell factory kona 3:58.236
2-LAMBERT Hans Xprezo/Borsao 4:00.615
3-SANGERS Kyle Pivot Cycles/ Kenda 4:02.934
4-FRASER Rob Lapierre-POC 4:03.483
5-NIELSEN Matt Rocky Mountain 4:05.081
6-THIBAULT Samuel Cycles Performance 4:08.135
7-CYRENNE BLANCHARD Philip Sports aux Puces 4:08.262
8-GAUVIN Remi Cycling BC/PerformX 4:08.767
9-GAUVIN Yann Kona/Race Face 4:09.028
10-MCDOWALL Kirk cyclepath 4:09.720 Pro Women
1-MILLER Miranda Cycling BC/SRAM/Santa Cruz 4:41.540
2 -UYESUGI Danice CCN/Intense 4:53.341
3-SHORT Katherine Smash and Shorty 4:59.863
4 -TRIMBLE Lindsay Rocky Mountain/ProCycle 5:03.389
5-LAPLANTE Anne XPREZO - BORSAO 5:03.962 COMPLETE RESULTS HERE