It was another great weekend of World Cup racing for SDG as Laurie Greenland took the win in the junior event and Loic Bruni (FRA) took home second for the Elite men. Troy Brosnan joined Loic on the Podium in 3rd.
The track here at MSA is a beast, and the 25th running of the race here didn’t pull any punches. As usual, the race course features full speed open sections littered with loose sniper rocks hidden in the weeds, as well as incredible slick technical rock gardens that make riders arms scream for mercy. With the typical crazy Quebec weather, both race and qualifying day had bouts of rain then sun and as such, a track that was changing minute to minute. Riders rode everything from slippery, muddy roots and rocks, to dusty blown out high speed berms and finally, come race time, almost perfect hero dirt.
Bruni and Brosnan were .200 and .225 off the pace in what turned into an incredibly tight race for the Elite men. Once the sun came out following some showers, it was game on as the rocks and roots in the trees turned greasy while the open section of track dried in a hurry into ideal conditions.
SDG Emmeline Ragot, a favorite here in Mont Ste Anne, had an unfortunate crash in morning practice and broke her radius head as well as her ankle in 3 places. She returned to the track in good spirits yesterday after a trip to the hospital and is recovering comfortably.
Riders now jump in their rental vans and head straight to Windham, NY for the next round of the world cup starting this Wednesday.