Monday, June 6, 2011

Mont Tremblant - Canada Cup #1

The first Canada Cup race of the year took place just a couple weeks ago in Mont Tremblant, Qc.  This was my first experience racing on the eastern part of Canada and I was pumped to try out a new track. 

There was quite the turnout of riders and the weekend had a good buzz, being one of the first meetings of the year for some of Canada's top racers.  The Mont Tremblant course has been on the circuit for many years, and is challenging and longer than some of the tracks and it is full of rock gardens; it certainly tests ones fitness!

In place of the steeper terrain that I have come accustomed to here in BC, I was surprised to find several short uphill sections exiting technical rock gardens - The real challenge of this course was finding flow and keeping your momentum.

Race day ran smoothly and it was great to get another race under my belt and gain the experience of racing out east on a totaly differnt style of track. Despite a crash I had in the first half of the course, I ended up coming out with a 6th place finish in pro-women. 

Fellow CCN rider Danice Uyesugi ended up riding her way to a 4th place finish.  Lauren Rosser (jr. women) posted the fastest overall women's time of the day and Miranda Miller was the fastest of the pro-ladies.  On the men's side it was Andrew Mitchell, Dean Tennant and Yann Gauvin who rounded out the top three.  I was pumped for my good buddy Jeff Bryson (Brayson Racing Clan) for rocking his way to a 7th place finish.

All in all it was a great weekend and a good lead up to some bigger races soon to come!