Baie-Saint-Paul Canada Cup

Well, as I mentioned in my last post I am now in Germany staying in a small town called Schomberg about a half hour from the World Cup venue in Albstadt. I arrived here yesterday and today the name of the game was getting the flight out of my legs with a light spin and get adjusted to the time zone. Monday I flew out of Montreal in the evening after finishing up racing in Baie-Saint-Paul Sunday afternoon. I am just getting a few minutes now to write an update about the weekend of racing.

A church and a square in a small German town

A church and a square in a small German town

This past weekend was the Baie-Saint-Paul Canada Cup situated along the St.Lawrence River, just 45 minutes from the legendary World Cup venue that is Mont Sainte Anne. I have raced here many times before and I was actually on the podium here as a junior in 2009, while on a project with Bicycle Nova Scotia. The last few years have been very wet, and it was a welcome surprise when the course was dry and fast.

We had a really good week of preparation leading into the race. We raced at 3 h 15 in the afternoon and by that time it was warm and sunny. We were all called up on the front row and continued that theme into the first section of single track. Evan lead the strung out field with with myself of his wheel and Watson just a little bit behind. Watson had a very good start and he was able to put him self in a position to do his best race. After an hour and a half of very technical, bumpy and strenuous course we all manged to land on the podium. Watson was 2nd, Guthrie 4th and I rolled across the line in 5th. This was my first Pro/Elite Canada Cup Podium and I am very happy with my performance.

BSP XC Podium 2014

Cross Country Men’s Elite Podium

The next day racing continued with a short track event with a UCI C3 designation so UCI points were on the line. Guthrie and I represented the team with Watson playing the role of manager. We had a clear race plan from the start and we followed it perfectly. I came out with the win and Guthrie came across the finish 3rd.

Short Track Men's Elite Podium

Short Track Men’s Elite Podium

The whole weekend my equipment was solid. With great sponsors like Norco, Sram, Kenda and Stan’s I have the best bike so I can race to my potential without mechanical issues.

Using up some maple syrup in the airport

Using up some maple syrup in the airport

After the racing on Sunday we packed up and drove to Montreal where Haley and I were flying to Munich from the following day. I am now sitting in my hotel room after my first day writing this post. Tomorrow will be my first day on the Albstadt World Cup course and I am super excited. World Cup racing is the highest level of mountain bike racing in the world and it is special to be part of that race. This weekend I am racing both the Cross Country and the Eliminator races. Qualifying for the Eliminator is Friday morning, I’ll let you guys know if i qualify and you’ll be able to watch the heats on Red Bull TV.

Thanks for reading.

-Andrew

 

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