Five Ten UK Athletes - Mt St Anne
Five Ten UK Athletes had a tough, but mostly rewarding trip out to Mt St Anne World Cup this year. The infamous, fast, loose and rocky trail has been on the schedule for 20 odd years now and is definetly a riders favourite, apart from the obvious bike smashing that goes on.
A few inches of dust kept everyone on their toes all week, whilst the photographers + videographers lapped it up. With such a brutal course, you needed to pace yourself, to ensure both you and bike made it through to Sunday, especially for our Privateer races, where spare parts are at a minimum.
Adam Brayton (pictured above), Cumbrias finest had a mixed weekend, having a solid quali inside the top 60 and ended up with a solid 43rd place. Even though he wasn't too pleased with a crash mid run.
Our youngest rider, junior Fraser Mcglone was looking pinned all weekend onboard his pink steed, but a flat in qualifying, which seemed to haunt tonnes of riders, held him back from what could of been another great result. Fraser is sitting 4th overall in the Junior World rankings currently. Yeh baey!
Jess Stone our female downhill athlete, was back on form with a top 15 quali, but slipped back to 18th in the finals. Still a solid finish and we're looking forward to seeing her crack the top 10 soon!
Sam Dale, coming off the back of his 8th place Fort William finish, was psyched for this round and after a steady quali back in 52nd, he was looking to turn it on for finals. A front flat took him out of the runnings, but look out for him this weekend at Windham.
Harry Heath had an epic quali run, somehow managing to come in 66th with a flat! No mechanicals in the final left him in a solid 33rd.
Close but no cigar for Wideopenmag rider Rich Thomas, snagging his shorts on his shifter within sight of the finish line... redemption on the cards for Windham this weekend.
Our Global/UK riders, Steve Peat and Danny Hart both loved the track, suiting their styles. Steve has been nursing a torn hamstring, which he suffered at Fort William only 2 weeks ago, so racing wasl always going to be tough. A mechanical and crash left him off the back in 71st... Danny, always a crowd favourite, had a solid run, keeping up his consistent pace with a 3rd place finish, two seconds back off winner Aaron Gwin.
Windham is more of the same this weekend, but alot shorter in length. So look for some fast tiimes from all our guys and keep it peeled on Sunday, to Red Bull, to catch all the action live.
All photos by: Duncan Philpott