Round six of the cross-country series for the RockyRoads UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano saw some of the closest and most exciting racing of the year. Catharine Pendrel led a 1-2-3 finish for the Luna team in the women’s race, wrapping up the World Cup title in the process. On the men’s side, a combination of heat and technical problems decimated the field, with Burry Stander (Specialized) the last man standing to take only the second World Cup win of his career. Extreme heat, plus a dry and dusty course with lots of climbing, made for hard conditions. Riders had to drink constantly, and avoid going out too hard, too early if they didn’t want to ‘blow up’. Georgia Gould (Luna), came close to taking the first World Cup of her career a week earlier in Mont-Ste-Anne, but faded in the last lap. This time, on home soil, she was inspired, riding away from early leader Marie-Helene Premont of Canada to carve out a 50 second lead with a lap to go. Chasing were her two team mates – Pendrel and Katerina Nash – who had dropped Premont. Cresting the final climb, Gould looked to have the win, but then suffered a pinch flat in aa rocky section. She quickly used an inflation cartridge, but the tire went flat again almost within sight of the finish, and she started to run. Pendrel and Nash weere surprised to come upon their team mate, with less than 100 metres to go, sweeping around her and sprinting to the line, with Pendrel getting the victory. Gould hung on for third
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