Photographer Victor Lucas reckons ten images are just not enough to document World Champs race day in Mont Sainte Anne. So here are not 10 but 12 bangers from the Worlds plus some bonus audio too. Great work Victor! Enjoy!
It’s been a week of highs and lows, the weather went from one extreme to the other, on Tuesday the track was more dry and dusty than anyone has ever seen it before. 30 degrees and sunny turned to a wet 14 degrees. Greg Minnaar sends another plume of powder into the air off the hip jump, before hurricane Earl touched down and turned the clouds of dust into mist, rain and mud.
With an 8th place today, Danny Hart is knocking on the door of that podium position. It would be foolish to bet against him getting a top 5 result somewhere in the next World Cup season. Drifting through the fluff, boosting the jumps or floating over rocks - the kid is fast.
People dealt with the weather conditions in different ways. Wyn Masters has his own version of the tight fitting rain gear. Cling Film. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Wyn.mp3]
Today's local hero was Steve Smith, even if he does live 3000 miles away in Vancouver. The crowds cheered like crazy during his run and Stevie delivered them a silver medal in return. I'm sure he'll be speaking fluent French by the end of the party tonight.
Outside of Canada, people will probably not have heard of Lauren Rosser. Well she is now the Junior Women's DH World Champ so her might be one to remember...
Troy Brosnan has had the perfect season. Winning the World Cup Junior title and now taking the Junior World Championship by the narrowest of margins over Neko Mulally. He kills the myth that 'small riders can't do well on fast high speed courses'
Tracy Moseley charging through the last rock section today. She looked unusually wild and ragged here, clearly giving it everything she had. It showed in her time - almost 8 seconds clear of Sabrina Jonnier in 2nd.
It has been amazing for Sam Hill to be able to make this comeback from what began as a disastrous season for him with injury in Fort William. Without doubt, the weather played in his favour this week with the slippy conditions suiting his skills rather than the flat out power advantage that the other riders may have had.
Nobody was counting Peaty out of the running for today's race, had it been either wet or dry conditions. It could be that the rain through the afternoon made things a bit slicker for the last few riders, it's hard to say from what we could see on the big screen. 7th place for Steve was not what he was hoping for.
At times Troy comes across as more mature than you'd expect for a 17 year old in at the deep end of professional racing. But it's pretty obvious he can hardly believe his own success. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Troy.mp3]
For the first time in her long race career, Tracy Moseley is DH World Champion. It's incredible and everyone is so pleased for her, almost a repeat of Peaty's story from last year, she has been chasing this title for a while.
The Canadian fans were 'twotally stowked' to have two of their racers on the podium today. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Canadians.mp3]