This weekend saw the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup travel across the pond to Mont Sainte Anne in Canada for the first and only stage of this year’s World Cup held outside Europe. Danny Hart came into the weekend full of confidence after some brilliant previous results including two 3rd place finishes in the last two consecutive World Cup races!
With the course set up dry and quick, Danny was looking to repeat his heroics from last year’s World Cup where he won on this very same course! He quickly showed how comfortable he is on the Canadian mountain finishing 2nd in a quick timed practice on Thursday, completing the course only one second behind 1st placed Loic Bruni.
With Danny’s confidence building from race to race this season, he was certainly in the mood for success this weekend and he brought that mood into qualifying on Saturday! Danny ripped down the dry and gnarly course to qualify in 4th place for Sunday’s race, just 3 seconds behind top qualifier and this year’s stand out rider, Aaron Gwin!
Onto Race day and with the weather coming, it took the course from a fast, dry course into a wet, tricky and slippery course!! The early lead was taken by Australian Dean Lucas, who was in the Hot seat right up until the final riders came down the mountain! Danny, who has previously won in such terrible conditions, came out aggressively and was immediately taking time off the current leader! Danny was ahead all the way until the final sector, where he just came up short of the leader’s time! An unbelievable run and 3rd place from the World Champ given the conditions!! Fastest qualifier then smashed the course and the leaders time to take the win…. Again!
Danny’s 3rd place finish moves him up to 4th in the overall World Cup Standing with one race to go in Val De Sole, Italy at the end of August!