Propain Dirt Zelvy Mont Sainte Anne recap

For the penultimate round of the World Cup Series, Team Propain Dirt Zelvy headed to the hills of Quebec, to Mont Sainte Anne, loaded with wingnut Phil Atwill and viking Isak Leivsson to take on the famous hill.

Words: Tom Caldwell Photos: Boris Beyer

Once arrived, hire car neutral drops were at the forefront of every conversation and after track walk, the track was already very dusty and sandy. Most were hoping for rain, but the almost Spanish like conditions stayed throughout the weekend. Hit play on the video below and check out Phil securing another top 20 result, and Isak hauling down the 75 km/ph ski piste part of the track.


Isak was riding very well all weekend, very confident and had his bike setup nailed down. He had drove 18 hours up from North Carolina in his ‘merican truck, and bought a 30 dollar Walmart tent on his way to stay in with his girlfriend, Frida. This pikey camp setup seemed to help him, being very comfortable on track and putting in a very good qualifier into 25th. Unfortunately, after a good first split in his race run, he flatted on the front after the fast, long straight. Luckily he didn’t go down at such high speeds, but held his head high as he knew his pace was on point all weekend. He’s focussing on the ProGRT American national races now, knowing his can podium, if not win,

Phil was buzzing to get riding from the get go. After some sketchy hardtail antics (as usual), he was having great fun on track after his new stretches and morning breathing routine. He took it steady in his qualifier to place 47th. His new race run warm up, questionable by some, seemed to work. He took his hardtail to the top, did some cutties, skid 180’s, bunny hops and sprints to get his full body loose and ready to go. His faith in the 2.5 Schwalbe’s this weekend also did him well, he pushed hard in his race run and got onto the hotseat with a time of 4.09 dead. He stayed there for a while, and ended up in a solid 17th place. He was over the moon with the result, and is now off to Whistler for a few weeks riding and Crankworx!

Peace out, and we’ll see you at the next British National, and then World Cup Finals in Vallnord, Andorra.


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