After Lenzerheide I headed to Whistler for three weeks and the mid-season break felt like it went by in just a few hours and I soon found myself on the lift headed up for track walk!
As it has been for most of the year, the track in Mont Sainte-Anne remained unchanged.
MSA has long been known as the fastest track of the year, routinely hitting 75+km/h and still
being one of the roughest tracks on the circuit.
This year it was even rougher as the winters snow melt had cleared most of the dirt off the rocks. The massive rock garden had been narrowed allowing little line choice and paired with square edged snipers littering the track. Everyone knew it was going to be a wheel killer!
I woke on Thursday to wet roads from an overnight storm paired with one of the longest tracks of the
year, and it made learning the lines tough. It took me a while to get into the track after the rain, but as it dried through the day I felt better. As is normal in MSA I went through a rim in my first timed training run, but after a slow run to look at a few lines I was confident I could improve for qualifications.
More rain overnight left the track slick but drying fast on Friday. I felt good through practice in the morning, but I just wanted to put in a safe clean run to make sure that I would qualify. As I headed up it looked like it was going to rain again, but it held out and I slotted into a safe 40th with plenty left for Saturday.
Saturday gave us rain and lots of it. During morning practice, I was struggling to find grip, especially on
the big rock slabs. But I felt a lot better in my last practice run after a slight tyre change and knew I could put in a good run for finals.
As I headed up to the top for my race run the clouds rolled in, but the run held off for my run. I instantly felt like I couldn’t push, the top section of track was like riding on glass. It got better the further down I got, but I was riding to cautiously.
I was disappointed to end up outside the top 40 again, but that faded into one the best races I’ve ever
seen The top 5 put on a masterclass of how to ride in the wet.
I now head back to Whistler for Crankworx before the last World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy
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