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One of the oldest and most valued stops on tour is also the only one outside of Europe this season. A win here (XCO) was strategic to a series victory. From August 5th to 6th, mountain bikes fans from all over were heading to the Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for a vibe at this unique event.
Participants must demonstrate courage as well as sharp technical and piloting skills in order to make their way through tree roots, bumps, jumps and other exciting natural obstacles. UCI Cross-country World Cup happens over rippling circuits with strict descents, forest road, very rocky paths which riders must complete a few times.
To make things more exciting this season, Monte-Saint-Anne’s loops course will include a rock garden and well a pump track.
Two days prior to the event the OMX Pro Team started working out the twist and turns of the legendary XCO course. The excitement started building. Martin trained with broad smiles & positivity. With proper prep the trio was ready to take on the World cup #5 in Mont-Saint-Anne.
We are happy that the OMX Pro team ladies showed their full confidence through the challenging climbs. Last protected her 3rd top 10 finish of the season, taking 8th place in the woman’s race .
Annie is always confident and performed well on her SESTA. The SBC being a racers choice helped her with a rapid start and hastily moving to 3rd place on the 1st lap. The rocky climbs were not intimidating for Last or the SBC. The OMX Pro Team rider fell into 6th place halfway through the race. Annie had established her own pace. She crossed the line at 8th place, only 2:47 behind the leader. This carried herself within fifteen points of the World Cup overall third place.
She was not off to a good start too even though she dropped a spot on the 2nd lap and lost some time. A few small mistakes on the very technical course cost Isla some time but her strong legs clawed back the seconds and she was, for much of the race, in the running for fifth. She made 7th place – a tremendous result on a puzzling trail. The OMX PRO Rider has now achieved qualification for the Commonwealth Games. It was her U23 career-best result!
In the elite men’s race, Martin Gluth had an incredible start in 20th position but he wasn’t about to let that blur his focus. He stayed away from congestion and was able to show his skills on the descents. The OMX Pro Ride was still in the top 3o & he was positive about his finish, regardless of the puncture he accrued. At the end of 7 difficult laps he finished in 52nd.