2014 UCI Downhill World Cup: Mont-Sainte-Anne - Round 5 Preview
After almost two months the DH World Cup returns for round 5 in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada - find out what's in store for riders this coming weekend..
After almost two months the DH World Cup returns. The next stop on the UCI calendar is Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada. The area is considered a Mecca for mountain biking and doesn't disappoint. The track this year remains mostly unchanged, but it does have a few new additions and is now 100 meters higher up the mountain.
There are two new jumps at the end of the course as well as a few new features at the top of the track. The track builders wanted to keep the World Championships line, but have amended it slightly - the track is around 2.9 km. The new sections have seen the addition of some tight twisty berms with a mix of flat corners and some of off camber bits.
Laurence has dropped a banger of a track walk gallery so make sure you check it out to see what riders face come race day!
The fastest time from last year came from Stevie Smith, with a 3:58.485, beating Gee Atherton to top spot by 0.904 of a second. The fastest speed in finals came from Bernat Guardia Pascual, he came through the speed trap at 69.694 km/h which is around 43MPH. In Women's, Emmeline Ragot took the win with a 4.24.985 and the fastest speed of 63.124 km/h - around 39MPH.
Mont-Sainte-Anne is situated in Quebec, Canada and is home to 28km of Downhill and 130km of Cross-Country trails a huge pump track, 4x course and mini North Shore zone.
There are 34 trails in the park and Mont-Sainte-Anne is part of the biggest mountain bike network in the East of Canada.
The weather is looking good so far, only promising a few scattered showers for race day on Saturday but things may get a little crazy if the wind and rain decide to rock up uninvited.
Check out Danny Hart's helmet cam footage from last year...
The UK is 5 hours ahead of Quebec.
12:30 - 13:30 (5:30 - 6:30 UK Time) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup - Qualif - Men Juniors
13:30 - 14:30 (6:30 - 7:30 UK) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup- Qualif - Ladies Elite
14:00 - 15:00 (7-8PM UK) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup -Qualif - Men Elite
08:30 - 10:00 (1:30 - 3PM) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup - Training - Men Juniors & Ladies Elite
10:15 - 11:45 (3:15 - 4:45PM) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup - Training - Men Elite
12:30 - 14:00 (5:30 - 7PM) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup - Final - Men Juniors
13:15 - 14:00 (6:15 - 7PM) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup - Final - Women Elite
14:00 - 15:30 (7:00 - 8:30PM) Mont-Sainte-Anne DHI World Cup - Final - Men Elite
Check out all the coverage from last year before the race kicks off this weekend!