UCI Rocky Roads World Cup RD 5 – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada

Rider Cat Result
David Fletcher Elite 52nd
Rourke Croeser Elite U23 DNF

Rourke Croeser The team travelled to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada for the first time in their history last weekend in a much anticipated World Cup round 5. This would be the first time a British UCI XC team had competed in a North American World Cup. The pressure was on after a disappointing weekend at the British Series race just one week before.

Preparation would be vital as the riders had a long travel from London to Quebec. The bad news leading up to the race was a mild cold for both riders after the plane travel during the week had left them feeling lethargic but they were both in positive spirit as race day approached and ready to fight hard for the big results that they crave.

The course at Mont-Sainte-Anne is one of the most technical in the world with huge rock gardens and root infested trails. The many steep bridges sap the energy from your legs whilst the demanding nature of the course means upper body strength is constantly needed.

Elite Men The Under 23 Elite race would kick start this World Cup at 9am Saturday morning with Rourke on the second row of the grid. As the gun fired on our first Canadian World Cup race, Rourke fired from the line and into a great position on the opening climb. As the riders entered through the feed for the first time, Rourke was 11th but it was clear from the start something was wrong and by lap 3 he had dropped down to the mid-thirties with little left to give it became obvious that the weeks illness had taken its toll and with next week in Windham in the mind, the sensible thing to do was to abandon the race much to Rourkes disappointment.

Rourke Croeser The Elite men’s race was at 2pm and with a host of riders missing from the start line, Dave was waiting to capitalize and gain important World ranking points as he aims for World Championship selection. A poor start, boxed in on the opening start loop left him with a lot to do but some great moves on the first climb pulled him back into a top 50 position. At the halfway point, Dave had climbed up to 48th position as the rain clouds moved over and opened up making the course extremely slippery. Dave continued to ride solidly and although not at his best put in a good display to finish 52nd gaining valuable points and showing good signs for next week in Windham.

A short trip to Quebec was much needed to relax from an intense weekend before the long drive down to Windham for round 6. Both riders are now fully fit and excited to get on course in the USA for the penultimate round of the World Cup series.

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