It’s the only stop outside Europe this season (yes, the World Championships are in Cairns, but that’s not World Cup), Mont-Sainte-Anne is a classic every rider wants to win – and you can follow the action on Red Bull TV.
The second half of the season sees the rivalries heating up, and the clash in Canada is a prestige event. The 25th World Cup stop at Mont-Sainte-Anne is a not-to-be missed event for every single downhill MTB fan, whether you’re just getting into it or already a seasoned veteran. The biggest draw of MSA is the ever-changing and challenging race course, which keeps pushing the limits of what riders pull off.
If there would be only one true test of skill, fitness, instinct and fearlessness, that would be the MSA track.
MSA is also really interesting for the standing’s this year due to the rocky start of the season in a rain and mud-filled Lourdes, with Fayolle taking a surprise win and a few unfortunate injuries since then, keeping riders like Loic Bruni out of the race in Leogang.
South Africa’s Greg Minnaar is currently at the top of the men’s overall leaderboard. The Greatest Of All Time aims to add another triumph to his legendary total by holding off Vallnord winner Troy Brosnan (AUS) and reigning World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin. Following the current Top 3, fans have been waiting for Loris Vergier (FRA) to have a breakout result this season and two heavyweights – Britain’s Danny Hart and Loic Bruni of France – are overdue to shake off their 2017 spree of bad luck and show their World Championship stripes.
Hart is, after all, the defending winner of the Canadian challenge in 2016. Not only that, he’s back on his 27,5 rig, and has seen recent success on it.
Potentially getting in the way of those Top 5 spots are riders like Jack Moir, Laurie Greenland and Luca Shaw who, on a good day, can hang with the best of them.
Who is still in touch for the overall? Our friends at Dirt Magazine have a perfect overview for you, which you can read by clicking here.
Just like for the men, it’s been an eventful season for the women as well. Up until Lenzerheide, there were different riders in the top spot for the entire season. Rachel Atherton, Tahnee Seagrave, Tracey Hannah and Myriam Nicole all took Top Spot at least once, with PomPom securing back-to-back wins and climbing her way to the top of the leaderboard.
You can’t mention a World Cup without mentioning Rachel Atherton who, after suffering a massive crash in Fort William that resulted in a dislocated shoulder and put her on the sidelines for a few races, came back strong by winning the British Nationals last week. What can she do in MSA? Is she ready to reclaim her spot at the top of the women’s downhill world? There’s only one way to find out.
In July, Myriam Nicole (FRA) took back-to-back wins within the space of two weeks – can she make it a hat-trick and extend her lead at the head of the rankings? Chasing Nicole for the overall title are Fort William winner Tracey Hannah as well as Great Britain’s Tahnee Seagrave, who won the stop in Leogang.
Watch the only North American stop of the season live on August 5-6, exclusively on Red Bull TV.