By Luca Cometti
Mont Sainte Anne, Canada was the next stop of the world cup for the team. Mont Sainte Anne or MSA, is the most legendary and long running track on the world cup Circuit, being ran for the 24th time in 2016.
MSA is my all time favorite track, I love going fast on my bike and it lets you do that to the fullest potential. Minus steep sections, MSA has just about everything you could ask for on a track; big jumps, gnarly rocks, fast corners, and about as many holes as a human body can handle.
Last year, on day one of practice I had a huge crash in one of the fastest corners on track, which this year happened to be even faster due to the huge new straight away leading into it. Lucky for me I had no issues with it this year; in fact I was able to stay off the ground all weekend, along with the rest of the team. Jack, Dean, Nik and I were doing laps all weekend together trying to push each other to go faster, all while having huge grins ear to ear.
With Qualifying on Friday, we were all eager to get into the show on Saturday and see how our speed was compared to others. Nik was up first and snuck into 7th place in qualifying with what seemed about a third of the junior field either coming down having crashed or flatted. Jack, Dean and I were just a couple hours after Nik. Unfortunately for Jack, he was cursed with a rear flat tire and was unable to qualify for Saturdays final. Both Dean and I were able to make it in with clean and conservative runs that put us in the top 65 for qualifying.
As we went to bed on Friday night the rain began to fall, and we woke up the next morning to a deceivingly wet track for practice. With the sun out, however, the track dried up in no time and mother nature had set up virtually perfect track conditions for finals. Nik was up first again and came down with a clean but too conservative run to get him another podium. He would eventually finish 8th. I was up next, I had break issues near the top of my run that would cause me to go over a corner and give up precious time, being one of the slowest at the top split due to this mistake. I was able to pull out about 20 spots from the top split but was only able to get me up to 64th place. Dean was just a few riders after me and came down into the hot seat. Still recovering from his ankle injury, and getting his strength back to 100% he was happy to just be able to hang on all the way down and was just barely outside the top 20 in 21st position.
Jack and Dean are headed out to whistler to get some riding in while Nik and I will return home for a few weeks to train together before heading out to Andorra for the final world cup. Check back in a few weeks for my next post after Andorra!