Dean Lucas (Intense Factory Racing) lead the Australian charge at the World Cup in Mont-Sainte Anne with a second place on one of the most brutal tracks.
A dump of rain the night before race day resulted in a slightly slicker mixed bag of conditions and drizzle was in the air when the world’s fastest women set off.
As the drizzle continued the Victorian slotted home a superb, virtually flawless run to set the bar for the men. It then started to rain, heavily.
As the heavens heaved down their watery deluge Lucas looked to be on course for a fairytale maiden victory. His teammate Jack Moir (Intense Factory Racing) came close but ultimately couldn’t beat his 4:19.484 time.
American Aaron Gwin (The YT Mob) would steal the Aussies thunder by a second, while Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Racing DH) finished sixth and Moir in eighth place.
Joshua Button also produced his first top 20 results this season.
In the Elite Women despite a flat tyre in her race run Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) did enough to sneak into third, with Tahnee Seagrave (Transition Bikes/FMD Factory Racing) taking the win, while Tegan Molloy scored her first top 10 finish this season.
Australia’s junior men also were prominent at one of the most iconic courses in world cup racing with Patrick Butler (Bergamont Factory Team) sixth, while Darcy Coutts finished two places outside the top 10.
While on Sunday the cross-country riders hit the course with Rebecca Henderson (BecandDan) notching up another top 20 finish this world cup season.
The Canberra rider would slip into 17th behind winner Ukraine’s Yana Belomonia.
The series moves to the grand finale in Val di Sole, Italy on August 26-27.
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