Posted by Editoress on 06/23/12
After three days of intense heat, a thunderstorm moved through Mont-Ste-Anne last night and heavy rain has drenche the course.
The woods are now very treacherous so the organizers have decided to change the early part of the course adding the long traditional gravel climb and omitting some of the woods at the beginning this allows the field to spread out before entering the new singletrack section.
The women will do a start loop and 4 full laps.
This is a rather small field, as many of the Europeans, especially the Olympic bound riders, are opting to not come to the N. American World Cups. only 41 entries, lead by World/CDN Champ, Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team). Also Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek), Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain), Amanda Sin (SCOTT-3RoxRacing), Sandra Walter (Xprezo-Borsao), Jean Ann Berkenpas (Xprezo-Borsao), Mikaela Kofman (SCOTT-3RoxRacing), Cindy Montambault (CVM 2 VALS), Caroline Villeneuve, Mandy Dreyer
The women have started, and it immediately started to rain, heavily
The rain has backed off, but but It is REALLY muddy out there
Down the Beatice rock garden, the riders are being very careful. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading with Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain) 2nd and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) at 15 sec
Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) actually took the B-line and managed to pass a lot of riders.
Gould has opened up a huge gap as she heads out onto lap 2 with a gap of 29 seconds Premont, , Pendrel 3rd at 29 sec, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 3rd at 46 sec, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) at 59 sec,
Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek) 9th at 1:44. Walter 14th at 2:03
Gould hits the Rock garden, with Premont not too far behind now, seems to be closing it up.
Gould leading, but Pendrel is now in 2nd at 35 sec back, Premont 3rd with Nash on her wheel at 54 sec
Dahle 5th at 1:23 back
Lap 2 12:21 pm
1/2 way through and Gould is leading Pendrel by 51 sec
Gould crosses the line with 2 laps to go. Pendrel goes through at 52 sec, Premont at 1:57, Nash at 2:44 with dahle on her wheel. Kalentieva 6th at 3:04, Lea Davison (Specialized Racing) at 3:23, Batty at 3:34
Nash and Premont were together until the feed zone, but Nash has stopped for a mechanical, . The mechanics are working on her shoe, but she has lost a lot of time
Gould is still flying. Pendrel 2nd and has closed the gap a bit, now at 43 sec. Premont 3rd at 1:40 back.
Nash and Dahle in 4th , at 2:59, Kalentieva 6th at 3:40, Davison 7th at 3:51
Start last lap
Gould, Pendrel at 29 sec, Premont at 1:33, Dahle 4th at 3:01 , Nash 5th at 3:05, Kalentieva 6th at 3:32, davison 7th at 3:41, Batty 8th at 3:50
Pendrel has closed the gap to Gould, just 10 sec now on the climb.
1/2 way through, Pendrel now leading Gould by 6 sec as they come out of the woods. Premont 3rd at 1:37. Nash 4th at 3:04, Dahle 5th at 3:18. Davison 6th at 3:46, Batty 7th at 3:51, kalentieva 8th at 4:16
1 Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) 1:41:40
2 Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) at 0:23
3 Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain), 1:51
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