Good atmosphere down at finish area with all the race fans making it out in the beautiful weather, beer on tap and big screens to watch all the days action!
Ratboy partaking in a Canadian tradition called 'Beer Staffs'. Its simple really, every beer you drink you tape it to the last one you drank and who ever creates the longest staff wins!
Troy Brosnan holds on to the leaders jersey for another round despite his 4th place result, but the points are closing in and it could see change hands next week. The points race is on!
The new bike served the Specialized team well this round, but with feedback from the riders they have a week now to make some tweaks and fine tune her for Windham next week. As a team you always want to see its maiden race be a win but Im sure it wont take long for one of them to make it happen.
Its not the first time we have seen Sam Hill on the podium this season but nothing feels more satisfying being drenched in champagne as you wear gold around your neck. Sam Hill has graced the top spot here before back in 2007 and Worlds in 2010, but this win has been a long time coming for him over recent seasons and really the boost he has been looking for.
Another round of completely unpredictable results see's a new name on the top of the podium and turning this into one hell of a season. Pressure now rides of 5 riders coming into the penultimate round in Windham.
Coming into the season Josh never thought he would be in overall contention but sitting tightly in 2nd today puts him a step towards it, only 50 points behind leading Troy Brosnan. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/38_audio.mp3"]"
First time we have seen the Pulse up in the Fastest bike of the day putting down the boys on new rides and still proving thats its all about the riders and not just the ride.
Manon's win secures her at the top of the overall spot with now a demanding lead over the rest of the women but with still two more rounds to go its all to play for and its still anyones prize!
The women always get a little messy when the champagne comes out!
The British flag flying high as Manon Carpenter walk out to receive her trophy. 3 big wins this season has set her up nicely and with two rounds to go she will be sitting comfortably on top!
Junior podium sees a new face up there also but with the two main contenders still battling it out, it will start to become pretty competitive going into the last few rounds. The leaders jersey also changed hands over to Luca after his win here.
Team manager Nigel Page couldn't wait to tell everyone back at home and was on the phone right away to bring them the goodies! Over the moon for Sam, Nigel has been needing this win for the last few years and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Big smiles all round from Sam and the team as he takes his first win under the wing of CRC.
Coming over the final jump, with the lights on green it looked as if Josh was going to take it here. But in a cruel twist Josh fell tired and lost time in the last sections opening the gap for Sam Hill. He crosses the line and goes into 2nd place and putting an end to the racing here in MSA!
Current Leader Troy Brosnan sets out to challenge Hill's time but back already at the splits he had his work cut out. Flying off the big yellow box and over the line, Troy didn't have what it took and went 1.9 seconds off the pace. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/32_audio2.mp3"]"
Eagerly watching from the comfort of the hot seat, Sam Hill watches the big screens to see if he has done enough to take the win!
Crossing the line, Sam Hill goes right into the hot seat with a clear margin on 2nd place. But now all he has to do is sit and wait for the final 5 riders to challenge his time!
But I dont think anyone was thinking that Sam Hill was going to be able to roll the dice this round. With previous wins here in MSA, he sure does know the track and know where to go fast. Dropping in 6th from last, he lays it down right away by knocking a full second off of current hot seat rider Danny Hart. Holding it through to the bottom sections he was look like he was going to set a stormer. Coming into the finish arena he really needed to push through to the end.
Danny Hart pulling it out of the bag today in finals as he takes his best results yet this season. A well deserved 3rd place for him sees two British riders grace the top few stones. Danny has yet to find his neesh this season, but with a fast tracks and a technical one left on the circuit they could be up there for him.
Quietly chipping away at the track, Greg Minaar was able to better his qualy position from yesterday and snap up 7th place. An unnerving crash in practice didn't set him up well for his run.
Loic Bruni has been looking for that number 1 spot all season and after his disappointment in Leogang he knew his time was running short. Possibly not a track that favours Bruni, he still put it down, but just managing to crack the top ten in 9th, he will be collecting himself ready for a big attack in Windham!
The elite men quickly came around and it wasn't long until we saw that the times were quick! The track was looking around 10 seconds quicker than it was in qualys the previous day, which was put down to the scorching weather that has been baking out the track all day. The weather held and it looked like were in for some damn fine racing!
Race fans flock up the hillside to watch the finals of the DH. A great turn out of spectators from top to bottom, but with the lack of the Canadian super star, there seemed to be a lack of 'wow' in the air.
But Manon Carpenter sure does know how to put on a show. Dropping in she struggled to really get into the top section, loosing time quickly. Hitting the first split she was back by a huge 4seconds. Team manager Will Longden thought it was over for her, but at split 2 she clawed back 3 seconds, it was going to be tight. Dropping into the finish arena and clearing the big final jump she crosses the line and into first place. 0.7 up on Rachel. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20_audio2.mp3"]"
Neil Stewart was setting him self up for the run of his life. But a mishap in the top woods saw him clip some tape and it was game over from there on in. 13th for Neil today! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/9_audio.mp3"]"
First time here for Laurie Greenland and he is finding these World Cup track quite the steep learning curve. He knows he has the pace to get down a track quickly but is missing the tactics needed to know when to push and when to hold back. A 'conservative' run from him saw him place 8th today. A result to be proud of but can be frustrating when you know you have more in the tank!
Loris Vergier really needed to win this one if wanted to secure his overall spot. A crash in the top section though set him back on what was looking to be a top run. Cracking on in the bottom sectors he really made some time back a scrapped into 3rd place.
Youngster Reece Wilson has been dominating in the British National Series and was keen to come out here and have a go with the rest of the world. A sterling effort from him today saw him take home 7th place.
One last track inspection from above until reaching the top for finals.
Gee Atherton was a little sceptical coming into his final run after he injured it in practice 2 days earlier. Fighting through the pain he tried to put down as fast a run as he could to try and preserve some points. But loosing out already by he first split he could only hold on for a 10th place. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/24_audio.mp3"]"
Another rider that has just been playing about all week and having fun on his bike, Josh quickly proved he was here to win when he took 1st in qualys. Last man down in finals today and you could tell that he really did want this. A flat out top section saw him on top as he entered the bottom, but going so fast takes it tolls and he tired coming through the rocks, loosing out on vital time.
Last year saw history made when Canada's very own Stevie Smith turned the season on its head and won here under unthinkable odds. After injuring his heel in practice, it left his team mate Nick Beer to pick it up for him. Not the result the team intended for but 19th for Nick today was good to collect some much needed points.
Sam Blenkinsop put down the run of the season for him as he takes home 5th place today. On track just having fun all week paid off for him and with the dry conditions in his favour he was able to put the pedal down.
After Aaron Gwin’s blinding start to the season which saw him in PMB, he has yet to make a repeat of that performance. With Leogang being an exception, he is still consistently up there with his results but today he fell on the outside of some very tight times which pushed him back to 6th place, 2.2 secs back.
After her mishap in qualys which saw her almost miss out on her race run today, Tahnee was looking to lay it down and prove she has it. Coming down 13th from last she went right into the hot seat after a steady run, not being at all touched until the last 3 riders which saw her bumped down to 4th. Either way a great podium result for her that she will be proud of. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/15_audio.mp3"]"
On form today, Luca Shaw manages to tick off all the boxes taking all the splits and the speed trap in a faultless run that saw him take has second win of the season. Great riding from the american and this will put him on great steps going to a homesoil round next week! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/12_audio1.mp3"]"
After yesterdays ridiculous amount of punctures and unpredictable weather, all the teams had a race at their hands to solve the issues and prep up tyres for the morning. Full spikes were loaded up for what was looking like it may be a muddy one, but after a run in practice, the dry tyres were quickly swapped out!
The illusive number 1 board that all the riders are fighting for. The board hasn't changed hands the last round but will today be the day?
Needles managed one of his best qualy results yesterday with a 3rd so the pressure for him was on as he dropped in for his run. Sitting at the top watching everyone else go down before you really does get your belly going! A misfortune in practice saw him take a couple of falls which unsettled him coming into his run. A little off the pace he came down into 14th, still a good result for him but he was keen for more after his top qualy run.
Rachel Atherton was a little off the pace in qualys yesterday which set her back to 3rd place. A smooth consistent run saw Rachel cross the line a huge 15 seconds up on hot seat rider Tahnee, but with Ragot and Manon still to come was it enough to fend them off. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/16_audio.mp3"]"
Whistler local boy Jack Iles picks himself up his best result so far with second place in the Juniors. A top result for him and he couldn't be more stoked about it! Another round that has seen a new rider enter the podium making the racing in the Juniors just as exciting but with the same names few names still coming out on top.
Taylor Vernon didn't get the chance to race here last year due to his back injury, so all was new coming into his race run. A poor top section, and with a crash in the woods he lost some time, but making it back in the bottom section he some how manages to score 5th place. A great result for him on his new 'favourite' track! Quickest Brit junior of the day too! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/10_audio1.mp3"]"
Heading up on the lift for your race run and you know its all about to happen as you glance over your shoulder and spot the infamous MSA start roll. A few moments to collect your thoughts before the gondola pulls into the station and its all systems go before you drop in on the beeps.
The sun shooting down on us today as the lift starts spinning up. Gorgeous clear blue skies kick off the last day here but with potential rain in the afternoon everyone was preparing for the worst. Lets jump into the action and see how it all unfolded.
Early start here in MSA for finals day of the DH. Kicking off with a morning of practice and with the track constantly changing the riders were all keen to get up there and get some last minute line refining and get a feel for how the racing will go down.
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Laurence has fired over yet another amazing gallery packed with action from the racing at the 2014 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup!
It's been another amazing race after quite a long break, people have been training hard and we've seen new bikes come into the fray - the next round of the World Cup is in Windham next weekend. The race will be on Saturday again. For the remaining rounds we have:
Meribel, France – Saturday
World Championships, Hafjell – Sunday
Catch up with all the action from the 2014 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup below!