Gwin and Courtney Reign at Mont-Saint-Anne World Cup

  
  


Aaron Gwin flies down the rainy course in Mont-Saint-Anne
Aaron Gwin flies down the rainy course in Mont-Saint-Anne (photo by Rob Jones).
(August 6, 2017) – Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) and Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) raced to impressive, home-continent victories this weekend in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada, at the lone North American UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event of 2017.

DOWNHILL

Gwin rode to one of the most exciting and incredible wins of his career in Saturday’s men’s downhill. Facing heavy rain and a slick, muddy track, Gwin risked everything on his run, taking the sharper inside lines en route to a victory of more than a second over Australia’s Dean Lucas. Great Britain’s Danny Hart placed third.

“It wasn’t pretty but I am so pumped,” said Gwin in a post-race interview. “I didn’t expect it, honestly. It started really good at the top, then I got water in my goggles and I couldn’t see for a while and thought that was it. I got a pace going again and was just hoping that I was going to be better in those conditions than everybody else.”

The victory puts Gwin in second place in the World Cup standings, 33 points behind Greg Minnaar (RSA), meaning the 2017 title will be decided at the final race in Val di Sole, Italy, on August 26.

“It hasn’t been a normal year for me, but I’ve just been enjoying the battle,” added Gwin. “I’ve been close a lot of times so I’m happy it worked out today.”

Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif./Giant Factory Off-Road Team) placed 10th in the elite men’s race.
 
CROSS COUNTRY

 
Kate Courtney takes her third U23 win of the season at Mont-Saint-Anne
Kate Courtney takes her third U23 win of the season at Mont-Saint-Anne (photo by Rob Jones).
Courtney won her third World Cup event of the season to retain her lead in the World Cup standings, riding away to win the women’s U23 race in one hour, six minutes and 34 seconds. Her time was 2:31 ahead of runner-up Sina Frei of Switzerland. France’s Lucie Urruty took third in 1:10:10. Courtney leads Frei by 40 points in the World Cup standings with one race remaining.

Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Clif Pro Team) notched her second straight fourth-place finish in 1:10:36.

In the elite women’s race held later in the day, Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) was the top American rider with an 11th-place time of 1:21:54. Yana Belomoina (UKR) took the win in 1:17:50, followed by Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (FRA) in 1:18:34, and Catharine Pendrel (CAN) in 1:19:04. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox Racing) was 14th in 1:22:48.

In the elite men’s cross country race, Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale-3Rox Racing) was the top American in 51st place. Nino Schurter (SUI) posted his fifth victory of the season in 1:31:51. He has won all five World Cup races in 2017. Stephane Tempier (FRA) and Gerhard Kerschbaumer (ITA) rounded out the elite men’s podium.

Cross country, downhill and four cross action will resume Aug. 26-27 in Val di Sol, Italy, at the next stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.

Full Mont-Saint-Anne World Cup Results.
Mont-Saint-Anne World Cup Photo Gallery.

DOWNHILL

Elite men
1. Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) 4:18.426
2. Dean Lucas (AUS) 4:19.484
3. Danny Hart (GBR) 4:19.846
10. Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif./Giant Factory Off-Road Team) 4:22.720
14. Bruce Klein (Altadena, Calif.) 4:23.721
15. Kiran MacKinnon (Santa Cruz, Calif.) 4:24.546
22. Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 4:25.982
28. Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah) 4:27.550
35. Shane Leslie (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Defiant Racing) 4:28.633
46. Jason Schroeder (Carlsbad, Calif.) 4:31.561
53. Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Santa Cruz Syndicate) 4:32.642
71. Kyle Grau (Terrace Park, Ohio) 4:40.235
72. Walker Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.) 4:41.256
74. Dakotah Norton (Atlas, Mich.) 4:49.843

Junior men
1. Finn Iles (CAN) 4:18.140
2. Sylvain Cougoureux (FRA) 4:19.774
3. Joe Breeden (GBR) 4:22.599
4. Nikolas Nestoroff (San Marcos, Calif./Intense Factory Racing) 4:25.950
9. Armen Davis (Longmont, Colo.) 4:36.023
16. Aidan Casner (Montpelier, Vt./Eastern States Cup North American Downhill Team) 4:40.074

Junior women
1. Melanie Chappaz (FRA) 5:34.414
2. Mazie Hayden (Pittsfield, Vt./Eastern States Cup North American Downhill Team) 5:51.742
3. Kaytlin Melvin (Sammamish, Wash.) 5:58.619
 
CROSS COUNTRY

Elite men
1. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:31:51
2. Stephane Tempier (FRA) 1:32:01
3. Gerhard Kerschbaumer (ITA) 1:32:12
51. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale-3Rox Racing) 1:43:24
53. Nicholas Beechan (Idyllwild, Calif.) 1:44:36
59. Alex Wild (Los Gatos, Calif.) -2 LAP
60. Christopher Hamlin (Jonesville, Vt.) -3 LAP

Elite women
1. Yana Belomoina (UKR) 1:17:50
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (FRA) 1:18:34
3. Catharine Pendrel (CAN) 1:19:04
11. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) 1:21:54
14. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox Racing) 1:22:48
19. Rose Grant (Columbia Falls, Mont./Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team) 1:24:50
26. Evelyn Dong (Boulder, Colo.) 1:28:23
33. Alexis Skarda (Grand Junction, Colo.) 1:33:26

U23 women
1. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Racing) 1:06:34
2. Sina Frei (SUI) 1:09:05
3. Lucie Urruty (FRA) 1:10:10
4. Haley Batten (Park City, Utah/Clif Pro Team) 1:10:36
12. Hannah Finchamp (Kennewick, Wash./Clif Pro Team) 1:16:36
16. Kelsey Urban (Kentfield, Calif.) 1:20:31

U23 men
1. Martins Blums (LAT) 1:23:37
2. Nadir Colledani (ITA) 1:24:22
3. Simon Andreassen (DEN) 1:25:08
16. Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C./Bear Development Team) 1:28:08
25. Sandy Floren (Berkeley, Calif./Bear Development Team) 1:30:53
26. Jerry Dufour (Birmingham, Ala./Bear Development Team) 1:31:23
29. Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Bear Development Team) 1:32:37
38. Nicholas Lando (Ringwood, N.J.) 1:36:33
40. Daniel Johnson (Laguna Hill, Calif./Bear Development Team) 1:37:02
43. Eli Kranefuss (Mill Valley, Calif./Bear Development Team) 1:38:07
46. Steffen Andersen (Soquel, Calif./Bear Development Team) 1:39:49


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