Team BikeRadar latest from Canada
By Marc Beaumont | Tuesday, July 29, 2008 8.45am
It's been a wet week here in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada, for Team BikeRadar. Practice was a muddy affair, dodging rain storms and fallen riders on the hill was the theme for the week.
Luckily for the riders and the crowds, come race day the clouds parted and the sun came out. The track dried up in no time and turned into a very rough, very physical five minutes of racing. Marc has taken charge of team blogs this week so here's his account of the race day action...
Day 3 - Practice
Practice was seven hours today, so you could get loads of runs in if you wanted. It's really easy to wear yourself out with it being such a long physical track. I made a mellow start turning up at the pits about 10.15 am where Will had managed to get two runs in already!
I did my first run with Will, it was cool we checked out a few lines, the course was drying out although it had poured all night had not made too much difference.
After a slow start I put in four runs through the day picking up speed in a few sections and building confidence going into the race.
4X practice was, I believe, a farce. Riders started practice on what seemed to have been an unrideable track with a couple of nasty crashes. Cedric Gracia was hurt, but hopefully the injury is not too serious.
Day 4 – Race Day
After wet practice all week we finally had a dry day, which was really cool for racing. Practice went well for me - I did two runs, checked out a few last minute lines first run, then put a nice run in second time.
Qualifying went pretty well. I made a few small mistakes and qualified twelfth - I was really happy with something to build on for the finals.
Donny had some bad luck in qualifying, getting a puncture half way down would not have been too bad but as the track was so rough the tube got stuck in the wheel and jammed up.
Will was riding well this weekend finishing 57th in qualifying and then went on to finish 51st in the final, he told me he wanted to do around the 5 minute mark and managed a 5.01 which is cool.
My final run went pretty well, I tried to pace myself a little bit and think I should have stepped it up more in a couple of sections as other riders did but all in all I was quite pleased with my riding. I finished thirteenth. It would have been nice to make top ten but it’s something to build on for next weekend at Bromont.
Next up, the World Cup circus heads for Bromont, just four hours away, for round five next weekend. Most of the riders will then head to Whistler for the Crankworx festival. Then the next race action takes place in Australia a couple of weeks later.
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