The team flew to NYC along with a few friends ready for the big road trip up to Mont Sainte Anne. The guys arrived late on Tuesday night and tried to get some well needed sleep before track walk in the morning.
This year the track was much the same apart from a new open section at the top and a few jumps going through the old 4x track. First impressions were great, here’s what Chris had to say about the track. “This is my second time here and the track is looking great, it has a mix of everything you want in a World Cup track from big jumps and wide open sections to technical tight forest sections. Looking forward to sending the Scalp down 1st thing in the morning !! ”
Practice went well for the team, they all were getting up to speed very quickly on the track and getting the bikes dialled in for tomorrows qualifying. Dan had this to say about his practice “I was having a great time on course and got my lines dialed early in the day, leaving me time to smash out some fast runs. I felt quick and confident for qualifying day”
Everyone was excited for qualifying, Greg was the 1st to come down the hill and he qualified in 57th position and knew he could go better in Finals. Dan just missed the cut finishing 82nd only .3 off qualifying, Chris came down into 93rd also just missing out by a few seconds. Dan and Chris were both disappointed in their results as they were riding so well in practise and just couldn’t piece a smooth run together for qualifying.
As there was XC at this event everyone had an extra day of practise on Saturday before finals on Sunday, this gave Greg some more time to push himself to go even faster. This practise was delayed for a few ours due to heavy rain and poor viability. The rain didn’t seem to do much as the track was so dusty previously. Greg was feeling comfortable on track and was looking forward to Finals.
Finals day arrived and the sun was out, the track was dusty again even with overnight rain. Chris and Dan were at the finish cheering on for Greg as he came down with a time of 4.33.3 which put him in 52nd over all. Greg was dissapointed in his result coming off the back of an amazing result in Fort William he was hoping he could do the same again this weekend. Although this has only made him more hungry for a good result at Windham
After a post race go karting session it was time to cross the border to the US of A for the next WC in the small town of Windham , NY.
With having a day to chill and get the bikes prepped on Tuesday it was time to register and walk the course come Wednesday. The track was identical to last year except for some new big jumps at the finish The team were excited to get practicing!
Practice went well with all riders gradually getting their speed up on the ever changing course. The course was getting drier and drier with big holes starting to appear and deep dust. As usual we ran the amazing Schwalbe Muddy Mary tyres which hooked up a treat.
Come qualifying on Friday afternoon everyone was confident for a good result. Greg was looking forward to improving on his great result from Fort William and put in a solid run to qualify 38th. Luck was again not on Dans side as he punctured before the first split after being on a stormer of a run, looking to finally put in a solid result. Chris on the other hand had a large mistake near the finish blowing out a dusty turn and loosing his speed, missing the cut off my a small margin.
Sunday was race day and we were excited to see how Greg would end up in the finals. Once again he stepped it up from his qualifying result and put in a stormer of a run to finish 27th while posting the 8th fastest 3rd sector, impressive!
Next up for the team is the 3rd round of the Halo BDS in Glencoe, Scotland.
Thanks to the team sponsors for the continued support: Nukeproof, Schwalbe, Nema, Eight.ie & Phunkt photography for supplying the amazing photos.