Steve Smith and Rachel Atherton qualify fastest at Mont-Sainte-Anne

Graham gets top seeding among juniors

Canadian downhill star Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing), has one goal on his mind as he enter his final preparations for the finals of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, on Sunday: to win his first ever World Cup race.

In the qualifying run on Friday, Smith proved that he has what it takes to accomplish this goal as he posted the fastest qualifying time of the group of 111 riders, which includes the reigning world champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz) of South African, and the current World Cup Leader, Gee Atherton (GT Factory) of Great Britain.

Smith was impressed with the track here at Mont-Sainte-Anne. "It's a completely different track than what we normally see in the world. It's its own kind and completely amazing. It's so fast and the dirt is amazing. The rain we have received helped out quite a bit. Yesterday morning the track was pretty bad and slow. It allowed us to cut some ruts, but the rain helped out to pact it up. Now, we can hold speed through corners, and it’s as pretty good as it’s going to get right now."

Smith won the silver medal at the 2010 World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, but the track changed and Sunday will offer new challenges. "There are some sections that are the same, but overall it changed quite a bit. It only evolved and it's getting better and better."

Smith recently won the Canadian Mountain Bike Downhill Championships in Panorama, British Columbia, and is now wearing the coveted Maple Leaf on his sleeve. "This my first time being the Canadian Champion. Its nice to race in Canada, even though I am not close to home. It feels really good to wear the sleeve."

For the race on Sunday, Smith is confident his equipment has the right components to go fast. "The suspension and geometry are going to stay the same for Sunday because the track is fast and I know what I need. What might change due to the sun or not will be the tire choice. Right now I have cut spikes, but we'll see what happens on Sunday."

In the women's race, Rachel Atherton (GT Factory) qualified fastest ahead of Emmeline Ragot (LaPierre) and Floriane Pugin (Gstad-Scott).

The current Canadian Champion Micayla Gatto of North Vancouver, BC, was the victim of a flat in the top section of the course, and finished last of the group. The flat didn’t deflate her spirit, and she'll be ready to perform on Sunday.

"I think [the track] is awesome here. The buffed out a lot of stuff so its less rough than most years. Unfortunately it rained so it roughed it up a little bit, but the dirt is perfect," said the unlucky Gatto, after her run. "I was having so much fun in practice. Today I happened to front flat near the top. I don't think I even run down a mountain that fast today. Despite the flat, I am really looking forward to race day. It's a smaller field since few of the girls are broken right now, but all the top girls are here so it should make for some tough competition."

Gatto was seen at the track wearing her Canadian Champion outfit. "It definitely feels good to have the Canadian Champion jersey again. Even though Mont-Sainte-Anne is a five hour plane ride, it still feels like home as I have been coming here for so long."

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing0:04:05.200 
2Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:01.097 
3Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:02.645 
4Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH0:00:02.728 
5Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:03.157 
6Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:03.890 
7Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson Ur0:00:04.902 
8Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:05.030 
9Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH0:00:05.356 
10Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:05.446 
11Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:05.852 
12Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing0:00:06.075 
13Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:06.317 
14Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:07.717 
15Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:07.844 
16Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott0:00:08.588 
17Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott0:00:09.336 
18Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:09.967 
19Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:10.146 
20Florent Payet (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian0:00:10.174 
21Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International0:00:10.404 
22Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Mondraker Team0:00:10.567 
23Faustin Figaret (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:10.706 
24Robin Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing0:00:11.136 
25Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Team0:00:11.522 
26Lorenzo Suding (Ita) GT / 360 Degrees0:00:11.894 
27Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH0:00:12.419 
28Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:00:12.628 
29George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:12.751 
30Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing0:00:13.063 
31Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:13.070 
32Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:13.260 
33Jack Moir (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:13.557 
34Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa)0:00:13.602 
35Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:14.873 
36Francisco Pardal (Por) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:14.886 
37Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona0:00:15.079 
38Austin Warren (USA) Pivot Factory Team0:00:15.497 
39Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:15.790 
40Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team W-Racing0:00:15.863 
41Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH0:00:16.551 
42Joe Connell (GBr) SC Intense0:00:17.392 
43Isak Leivsson (Nor)0:00:17.453 
44Harry Heath (GBr)0:00:17.570 
45Remi Gauvin (Can)0:00:17.571 
46Jack Reading (GBr)0:00:18.154 
47Kirk Mcdowall (Can)0:00:18.811 
48Kyle Sangers (Can)0:00:19.061 
49Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:19.577 
50Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:19.651 
51Mathew Stuttard (GBr)0:00:20.047 
52Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:20.063 
53Scott Mears (GBr)0:00:20.549 
54Adam Brayton (GBr)0:00:20.755 
55Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:20.766 
56Christopher Mcglinchey (Irl)0:00:20.836 
57Alexander Kangas (Swe)0:00:21.165 
58Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson Ur0:00:21.475 
59Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:21.723 
60Luke Strobel (USA) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:21.777 
61Jono Jones (GBr)0:00:22.607 
62Lars Peyer (Swi) SC Intense0:00:22.624 
63Charly Di Pasquale (Fra)0:00:23.451 
64Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) GT / 360 Degrees0:00:23.545 
65Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil CK Racing Evian0:00:23.591 
66Matthew Walker (NZl)0:00:23.808 
67David Mcmillan (Aus)0:00:24.077 
68Sidney Slotegraaf (Can)0:00:24.086 
69Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott0:00:24.102 
70Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:24.113 
71Samuel Thibault (Can)0:00:24.346 
72Fraser Mcglone (GBr)0:00:24.752 
73Dan Sheridan (Irl)0:00:25.016 
74Forrest Riesco (Can)0:00:25.056 
75Quentin Chanudet (Fra) Team Sodicycle Project0:00:25.553 
76Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:25.750 
77Edward Masters (NZl)0:00:26.632 
78Rob Fraser (Can)0:00:27.361 
79Benjamin Staehle (Fra)0:00:27.787 
80Oliver Morris (GBr)0:00:28.872 
81Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:29.113 
82George Belk (GBr)0:00:29.571 
83Oliwer Kangas (Swe)0:00:30.082 
84Trevor Parson (USA)0:00:31.584 
85Louis Hamilton (NZl)0:00:32.275 
86Josh Lewis (GBr)0:00:34.734 
87Jose Villalobos (CRc)0:00:34.904 
88Adriano Digiacinto (Can)0:00:36.725 
89Ray Syron (USA)0:00:36.932 
90Will Soffe (GBr)0:00:37.938 
91Christoph Felix Schnettler (Ger)0:00:38.059 
92Kiran Mackinnon (USA)0:00:38.104 
93Chris Barlin (Aus)0:00:38.120 
94Richard ° Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:38.702 
95Cody Warren (USA)0:00:39.697 
96Basil Weber (Swi)0:00:39.775 
97Charlie Sponsel (USA)0:00:43.770 
98Ivan Ortiz (Ecu)0:00:44.203 
99Ryan Burney (USA)0:00:44.393 
100Jesse Beare (Aus)0:00:44.684 
101Benoit Rioux (Can)0:00:49.140 
102Angus Maddern (Aus)0:00:50.367 
103James Frost (Can)0:07:41.605 
DNFGuillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson Ur  
DNFLachlan Mckillop (Aus)  
DNFChristopher Gallagher (GBr)  
DNSMauricio Andres Acuna Quintana (Chi)  
DNSHarry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team  
DNSMario José Jarrin Molina (Ecu)  
DNSJulien Laramee (Can)  
DNSHans Lambert (Can)  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:04:42.400 
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:00.892 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Gstaad-Scott0:00:01.645 
4Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:06.399 
5Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Gstaad-Scott0:00:11.685 
6Morgane Charre (Fra) MS Mondraker Team0:00:11.754 
7Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:12.241 
8Tahnee Seagrave* (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles0:00:15.240 
9Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:27.153 
10Anita Ager-Wick (Nor)0:00:31.172 
11Vaea Verbeeck (Can)0:00:45.128 
12Jessica Stone (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:47.353 
13Miriam Ruchti (Swi) SC Intense0:00:49.633 
14Jaime Hill (Can)0:00:57.190 
15Rachael Walker (GBr)0:01:17.790 
16Alison Zimmer (USA)0:01:30.723 
17Taylor Allison* (USA)0:01:53.957 
18Rebecca Gardner (USA)0:01:59.849 
19Kristen Courtney (Can)0:02:28.042 
20Micayla Gatto (Can)0:05:44.118 
Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Innes Graham (GBr) MS Mondraker Team0:04:20.900 
2Luca Shaw (USA) Specialized Racing DH0:00:01.685 
3Noel Niederberger (Swi) Gstaad-Scott0:00:07.049 
4Loris Vergier (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:07.116 
5Morgan Gulland (GBr) Great Britain0:00:07.573 
6Jack Iles (Can) Canada0:00:08.530 
7Dean Lucas (Aus) Australia0:00:09.213 
8Logan Mulally (USA) United States Of America0:00:10.775 
9Gianluca Vernassa (Ita) Devinci Global Racing0:00:11.306 
10Mckay Vezina (Can) Canada0:00:12.344 
11Marcus Hansson (Swe) Team W-Racing0:00:12.571 
12Francesco Colombo (Ita) Team Airoh Axo Santacruz0:00:14.880 
13Jason Schroeder (USA) United States Of America0:00:15.764 
14Luca Cometti (USA) United States Of America0:00:16.007 
15Jackson Davis (Aus) Australia0:00:18.117 
16Luciano Jose De Neufville Pascal (Ecu) Ecuador0:00:24.613 
17Alexander Geddes (Can) Canada0:00:25.173 
18Chase Nelson (USA) United States Of America0:00:26.894 
19Shane Leslie (USA) United States Of America0:00:26.979 
20Galen Carter (USA) United States Of America0:00:27.346 
21Lachlan Blair (GBr) Great Britain0:00:27.737 
22Walker Shaw (USA) Specialized Racing DH0:00:28.097 
23Hugo Langevin (Can) Canada0:00:29.498 
24Mitchell O'keefe (Can) Canada - B0:00:32.890 
25Ross Wilcox (GBr) Great Britain0:00:33.799 
26Chris Bennett (Can) Canada - B0:00:34.844 
27Lee Jackson (Can) Canada0:00:35.223 
28Francisco Matias (Chi) Chile0:00:41.104 
29Luke Ellison (Aus) Australia0:00:43.222 
30Matt Hardwick (Can) Canada0:00:46.220 
31Kelln Wyatt (Can) Canada - B0:00:50.883 
32Michael Jones (GBr) Fmd Racing / Intense Cycles0:01:16.107 
33Ruaridh Mcritchie (GBr) Great Britain0:01:25.685 
34Myles Weber (Swi) Switzerland0:02:56.083 
35Benjamin Despres-Morin (Can) Canada - B0:05:14.470 
DNFMark Wallace (Can) Devinci Global Racing  
DNFGeorge Gannicott (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team  
DNFJay Fesperman (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team  
DNFBowen Irvine (Can) Canada - B  


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