UK round up from Canadian World Cup
Marc Beaumont of Team MBUK/Santa Cruz came third this weekend at the Mont St Anne round of the World Cup. Marc started third from last in one of the longest downhill races of the season, and ended up exactly where the seeding started him.
The length of the course meant that bikes were taking a real pounding and to get to the finish in one piece you needed to be smooth and lucky. Smoothest, luckiest and fastest on the day was Fabien Barel, closely followed by Greg Minaar. Gee Atherton was unlucky to suffer a mechanical but big bro Dan got down the hill in one piece to come thirteenth. The remaining MBUK/Santa Cruz riders, Neil Donoghue and Will Longden were 20th and 26th respectively.
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In the women’s race Tracy Mosely of Kona Les Gets won, a fantastic result for the British rider. Other Brits in the top 10 were Fionn Griffiths in senventh, Helen Gaskell in ninth and Rachel Atherton in 10th.
Michal Prokop returned to winning ways in the 4x, beating Guido Tschugg, Cedric Gracia and Brian Lopes in the final. British interest was limited to Gee Atherton who came sixth in the B final.
In the XC Liam Kileen was the only Brit to cross the pond – he achieved another fifth place, moving him up to seventh in the overall rankings.
“It’s a good feeling to get this podium result, which was actually my target for this race. To have a crash was a disappointment because it was just one of those stupid little things, but it cost me some time and some important rhythm. I would like to have been one minute further up and challenging Geoff Kabush for 3rd, I know I had the legs for it, but that’s how it goes at Mont-Sainte-Anne, it’s a tough course and I just came unstuck”, said Liam back at the team truck after the race.