To begin our coverage here at Gravity Down Under of Mont-Sainte-Anne with our man on the ground, Matt Rousu, we start with the first day of the event with the trackwalk getting underway. Stay tuned over the coming days as we bring you full coverage and photos from the World Cup!
Wednesday afternoon at Mont Sainte Anne, it’s a humid and hot walk down the oldest track on the World Cup circuit. Incredibly the UCI has been here every year since 1991 and there has been some amazing downhill race runs in the last 28 years, recent memory saw an amazing miracle win by Aaron Gwin with Dean Lucas taking his 2nd ever podium less than a second behind.
Most of the track this year is the same from last year’s event, however, a notable new section through the woods adds an element of the unknown for everyone. It’ll will be interesting to see how the riders tackle it tomorrow morning… The track also looks pretty worn out, with many rain ruts. The earth is fairly sodden so it should get fairly beat up before Saturday’s main event
I caught up with a few riders during the walk, but it will be amazing to see them on track from tomorrow, stay tuned!
Check back tomorrow with a report from the first day of practice!