Mont Sainte Anne has been one of the true tests of downhill mountain bikers for a quarter of a century now, It pummels riders with its relentless rocks in the ultimate let-go-of-the-brakes challenge. From the very first World Cup series 25 years ago it has been a part of the circuit almost without fail and it still asks questions of the world's best riders.
In 1993, the first year the race was run there, it was an American whitewash with John Tomac, Dave Cullinan and Jake Watson taking the plaudits in the men's race and Missy Giove and Penny Davidson podiuming in the women's race.
Come 1994 and the heavens opened making an already sketchy track even more treacherous. You'll recognise the long, old-school, grassy straights and off camber rocks that remain to this day but the riders are battling the track for almost seven minutes, compared to riders who are pushing 4 minutes today (last year's fastest time came from Finn Iles after a downpour in the Elite men's race).
Watch the video above for the total contrast. It includes Rob Warner taking Britain's first ever podium in the men's World Cups (it would be another two years before he did it again in picking up his first ever win in Kaprun), and Jurgen Beneke taking his first win of two that year. It wouldn't be enough to wrestle the overall off Francois Gachet though who would win the rest of the World Cups that year. Beneke was still racing Mont Sainte Anne 15 years later and took 68th on his brief return to the downhill scene in 2009.
Quebec’s finest track shows no sign of relenting any time soon as we're back this weekend and it is due to host its second World Champs next year. There has also been a new section put in this year called Tarzan that so far seems to be another woody rock section including a sizeable slab roll - take a look below.