July 4, 2011 – Mont St. Anne, Quebec – After an up and down first half of the 2011 season, Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Geoff Kabush reasserted himself as a top contender in the World Cup series with a strong 7th place finish at Mont St. Anne. The Courtenay B.C. native was well poised for strong results at the Dalby UK and Offenburg, Germany rounds of the World Cup, but fell ill right before and could not perform to his potential.
After returning home to train on familiar roads and trails, Kabush found his form and this was confirmed with his second place at the Wisconsin round of the Pro XCT last weekend. He knew that the technical trails of Mont St. Anne would be an advantage for him and he was looking to make a statement. Starting a few rows back, he knew he would have to pass many riders to make it to the front and in his usual calculated style, he picked off rider after rider. A strong last lap put him into 7th place, which he held to the finish.
“I’m really glad to be back running with the top guys at the front, after a frustrating early season in Europe,” commented Kabush. “I’ve had a really good month of training in June, and this course suits me well. I hope this is the start of a strong second half to the season.”
In the women’s XC race, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Marie-Hélène Prémont was a favourite for a great result, as she had already been on the podium twice this season and Mont St. Anne is practically in her back yard. From the start it was Canada’s Catharine Pendrel and the World Cup leader Julie Bresset off the front with Premont, Katarina Nash, and Elisabeth Osl all within 20 seconds of each other fighting for the rest of the podium spots. Premont would eventually finish in fifth for her third podium of the season.
In the women’s downhill race, Sabrina Jonnier took fourth position behind winner Tracey Moseley, Floriane Pugin and Rachel Atherton. The 2009 and 2010 World Cup Overall Champion has been struggling to find the top step of the podium this season after a nasty injury she incurred at the first World Cup in South Africa.
After several strong results so far this season, Ruaridh Cunningham crashed in his run and took a disappointing 57th place.
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Source: Peter Vallance, Rocky Mountain Bicycles