Video: Claudio Caluori and Mick Hannah Preview Mont-Sainte-Anne


This weekend the UCI Downhill World Cup journeys to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. It’s the penultimate installment of this year’s series, with only Val Di Sole to go after this weekend. Danny Hart is currently leading the men with a wafer thin margin of just 1424 points, ahead of Troy Brosnan with 1416. Greg Minaar is nearly a hundred points behind, but took the win last month in Lenzerheide, and with the top three so close there’s plenty of opportunity for upset.

In the Women’s Elite racing, margins are a bit wider, with Tracey Hannah leading overall, ahead of Myriam Nicole and Rachel Atherton. After an early season dislocated shoulder finally ended Rachel’s enormous winning streak, she’d been recovering and missed the Fort William race. Last month in Lenzerheide, she fought her way to second place on the podium and third overall in the series standings, with fellow Brits Tahnee Seagrave and Manon Carpenter right behind her.

Off the straights, the track looks fast, technical and treacherous, and conditions right now are dusty and loose. Watch Claudio and Mick talk about marmots, stitches, and memorable crashes among other things. Also, Mick throws in a no hander on the last jump.

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Hold on tight as Claudio Caluori and Sick Mick Hannah take on the Mont-Sainte-Anne downhill course.

After what feels like an age, the downhill cohort is back together for the Canadian round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. As always before sending any riders down the track, chatty Swiss commentator Claudio Caluori is sent down first to give you an overview of what to expect.

Joined by Sick Mick Hannah (watch out for his trademark no-hander) and riding with parts borrowed from Brendan Fairclough’s bike – get to know the 2017 Mont-Sainte-Anne track in the video above.”

Claudio - Mont-Sante-Anne
Claudio has just had 14 stitches removed from his jaw, first put there courtesy of some rocks similar to the top of this course.