Mont Sainte Anne World Cup - Day 1 Practice Photos

Jun 30, 2011 at 14:55
by Fraser Britton  
The stereotypical MSA shot. It s humid to say the least.
The stereotypical MSA shot. It's humid, to say the least.
Gee Atherton gives the fog an early morning session. The track spent most of the day pretty damn empty.
Gee Atherton gives the fog an early morning session. The track spent most of the day pretty damn empty.
Canada s Steve Smithw as second here at World s last year. He had a terrible playoff beard that he has since groomed into an atrocious moustache. Can he take first with less weight
Canada's Steve Smith was second here at World's last year. He had a terrible playoff beard that he has since groomed into an atrocious moustache. Can he take first with less weight?
Ya it s not in focus. It happens. Canada s Matt Zdriluk goes down hard and found out how big the holes really are up there.
Ya, it's not in focus. It happens. Canada's Matt Zdriluk goes down hard and found out how big the holes really are up there.
This same section fo track sent rider after rider flying through the woods ont he ride of their lives Including the random euro who broke my umbrella.
This same section of track sent rider after rider flying through the woods on the ride of their lives; Including the random euro who broke my umbrella.
Australia s Sean O Connor pretends it s dry and pins it through the woods no problems here.
Australia's Sean O'Connor pretends it's dry and pins it through the woods. No problems here.
Mitch Delfs went down hard and sliced open his hand he s at hospital getting it stiched up as i type this. Here he makes his way through the carnarge of downed riders.
Mitch Delfs went down hard and sliced open his hand (he is at hospital getting it stiched up as I type this). Here he makes his way through the carnage of downed riders.
Gee Atherton took aproximately 1 million runs today. Here is is slaying the high speed left under the lift.
Gee Atherton took approximately one million runs today. Here is is slaying the high speed left under the lift.
Send it
Send it!
This is about what most of the track looks like right now. This section is being filled with pallettes tonight as rider after rider was getting sucked in and catapulted. The organizers sent up extra volunteers to help pry riders out of the mud.
This is about what most of the track looks like right now. This section is being filled with palettes tonight as rider after rider was getting sucked in and catapulted. The organizers sent up extra volunteers to help pry riders out of the mud.
Mont Ste Anne s theme of the day .... MUD
Mont St. Anne's theme of the day.... MUD!

Photos by Fraser Britton
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50 Comments

  • + 23
 gee apparently really wants to win hope that works out for him. I guess he is definitely not trying out the new inverted fox fork this weekend since it was in the truck that got stollen.
  • + 42
 The truck have been found in montreal by my friend yesterday. He was walking down the street and saw it, then he call the police haha sick story
  • + 5
 Really, wow! Good to hear that.
  • + 3
 thank god for your friend! hopefully everything gets to the race in time! i wonder what your friend will get haha
  • + 8
 free fox 40? i wish
  • + 6
 Yeah I hope they will give him something nice. He found their truck of like 300 000 $ of value. we had alot of specualtion of what they will give him, the funniest is a t-shirt and a sticker sheet haha. inverted fork would be nice
  • + 1
 With no pits it's not like gee had much else to do because I'm presuming they dont have a workshop or anything and can't just hang around like normal but I'm glad to hear they found the truck
  • - 10
flag OliScale (Jun 30, 2011 at 16:19) (Below Threshold)
 @mountainbiker709

gee really wants to win? i thought he wanted to loose
-_-
  • + 11
 Gee wearing pants whhaaaaaA????
  • + 3
 gee is making tons of lap cause msa track is really fun :p
  • - 6
flag samuelity (Jun 30, 2011 at 21:07) (Below Threshold)
 @germinois


maybe he'll get some alone time with Rachel Sheep
  • + 9
 ^^ no.
  • - 1
 gwin is gona win...he has it in the name
  • + 2
 ^^good one never heard it before. and i have an ark. fannnntastic
  • + 0
 ^^^^^(oilstain)
Dame brits, always sarcasm.
  • + 1
 fail to see how thats revelent...shit i was was just trying to have some fun go ahead and be dousche
  • + 11
 Go Gee and Peaty, brits know how to tame the rain
  • + 2
 lol looks pretty much like your typical british track in winter, they should be in their element!
  • + 15
 looks like a typical british dh track in summer aswell
  • + 7
 I have my money on a guy named gwin
  • + 3
 i do to now that i just saw the carbon session article game over gwin won the world cup this year.
  • + 1
 Don't know?Gee is dying for a win that is going to push him in finals.But Gwin has got a lighter bike now but I'm not sure if that could be better or worse because he might not be used to the bike!
  • - 2
 Gee. No way.
  • + 6
 Is that our boy Connor Fearon trailing behind Mitch? Go young man!
  • + 2
 sure is! Hope he does well!
  • + 1
 I would love to see a 2011 season end with such an NBA Final in the good old days, fighting until the very last second for each single point to win the game by the nearest margin, think, a finale a la Michael Jordan magical momments.

Therefore I would like to see GEE or Steve Smith win this one (maybe if he shaves that fugly mustache joke he could win a couple of seconds =P) . If Gee wins, there will be Gwin, Minnar and him competing for #1. Throw in the mix, a couple of riders like Danny Hart, Steve Smith, and at the end this could be one of those exciting finishes, perhaps the best in the last years.

I just hope Sam Hill and Brendog, heal quickly, get in shape, and return in a great form next season. Cuz without them in the top this lacks something, a bit spicy.
  • + 3
 Neko and Troy were 0.06 off each other last year. Will be interesting to see who can pull off a better result. I think they could both break the top 20 though.
  • + 0
 troy with smash neko and probaly in the top 15
  • + 1
 although the realistic question is: is there anyone, who can actually stop Gwin this year? I mean, he is taking down 5 secs where the best of the best keep struggling, how the heck is he doing that? it seems so unrealistic and utterly impossible, until you watch him ride....but still he has been unbelievable!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Minnaar , was the only top ten guy to podium last year in the pouring rain. Smith was last guy out before the rain and it was just starting for Hill. Too bad Hill is out as well as Peat. It'll be interesting - muddy conditions for all!
  • + 2
 Jeebus if that rain keeps up its gonna be an interesting track come Sunday, my money is on Gee although Mr Gwin will most likely be on the top step....again!, should be good.
  • + 5
 bleh smith ftw
  • + 0
 but lets face it, HillĀ“s 2011 will be a year to forget, I just hope he recovers 100% (injuries) for next year (hes competitivenes is missed on the track), I was hoping Brendog to be in the top 5 this season, sadly he is also carrying a nasty injury, and I hope he recovers his strenght and confidence by the end.

But the main thing is: is there anyone right now, ANYone that could truly challenge Gwin this year???? What the heck is he doing to pound down the seconds like that where la creme de la creme are struggling?? It sounds unreal until you see it and then is even more unreal!

If Gee won this weekend, it would turn this season to be extremely exciting, with Gwin, Minnar and Gee in the top spots, while Danny Hart, and Steve Smith keep pushing to the top this season. It could be a very exciting end of the 2011 season! kind of a Michael Jordan dramatic finishes! WOULD be COOL!
  • + 0
 My only fear is, that Stevie Smith, being the kind of guy who will Pin It to Win It. Will explode mid run at Mach Ridonkulous. Our I could just be blowing smoke.
  • + 2
 Stevie is smarter than that. He is WAY more calculated than he seems.
  • + 1
 Stevie will bring it home! He doesn't want a repeat of last year! Look for the Smith Stache on the podium!
  • + 1
 lets not forget blinky, he loves the wet stuff
  • + 3
 who doesn't?
  • + 0
 Would be sick for stevie to win... but my bet will be on Gwin.... the Gwinning machine....
  • + 1
 Damn, this would be a feast for Hill, too bad he's injured
  • + 0
 thats gonna be a crazy race...hope the weather, whatever it may be, is the same for the whole race.
  • + 2
 DANNY FTW!!
  • + 0
 is is. good proof reading
  • + 0
 Nice coverage, Fraser! Looking forward to Sunday.
  • + 0
 looks like we are going to have an EPIC WC race here
  • + 0
 stevie wins regardless with that sick duster he's rockin.
  • + 0
 Looks good, is Peaty riding?
  • + 1
 noooo not the umbrella
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