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World Champs 2019

 

World Champs 2019 - Mont Sainte Anne

Septiembre 03 — 2019 | Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec

Each year, racers get one day and one run to shine at World Champs to prove themselves worthy of the rainbow stripes. It’s all or nothing for the coveted rainbow jersey. The French Canadian battleground of Mont Sainte Anne would play host to this year’s prestigious World Champ’s race. A long and physical track known for rough and fast lines, just add water, and the wheel-smashing rock gardens and gaps leveled the playing field on the legendary track.

Greg Minnaar5th
Luca Shaw10th
Loris Vergier61st (crash)

The buzz of World Champs was fueled by massive crowds, new custom race bikes, and kits - this is the big show. In the Syndicate pits, PA, Marshy, and Doug prepped fresh V10s for each of their riders. Greg, Loris, and Luca’s bikes each represent a link in the Syndicate Link logo.

 

Wet conditions leading into practice and qualifiers kept riders on the conservative end of the speed spectrum. With little benefit to taking big risks, most kept their cards close and played it safe before laying it all out in finals. Crashes, mechanicals, and flats plagued several riders over the course of the weekend while racers attempted to get up to speed on the slippery track. 

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Loris qualified with the second-fastest time on the day on the slippery track, Luca started his qualifying run off with a mechanical but was able to recover and finish 30th, and while Greg initially crossed the line in 7th he was later DQed after running off track. Fortunately, the G.O.A.T, was a protected rider and still in for Sunday’s race. 

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Rain fell through the night until the sun came out and baked the moisture out of the track and created near-perfect conditions for finals on Sunday afternoon. 

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World’s start times are based on overall World Cup ranking, so Luca Shaw would be the first in the queue for the Syndicate on Sunday. 

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The Dinoshaw looked focused and prepared to throw down an extremely fast run. His early split times showed he was on pace for the majority of his run, and he made the gaps in the rocky technical sections look easy. With limited coverage amid the tight trees, it was hard to tell where Luca lost a valuable second but in the end, he slotted into 2nd and ultimately 10th on the day. Luca Shaw has been on the up all year since his early-season injury and 10th is a strong finish at Worlds for the young gun. 

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Next out of the classic steep start ramp for the Syndicate would be none other than, The G.O.A.T. This is Greg’s 21st appearance on the track in Mont Sainte Anne and he’s been on the podium here 11 times. A crash here after returning from an injury last season and Greg was out for vengeance. Feeling good early in the week and confident, Greg has been overdue for a win and what better race to win than World Champs?

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Greg left the top and was immediately up at the first split and continued to charge approaching almost 70k through the speed trap. He continued to extend his lead on Finn Illes by almost a second at the third split and it only grew from there. He had a near-perfect run but lost a bit of speed in the final rocky section coming up a bit short in one of the last gaps. Minnaar would take over the hot seat and ultimately slotted into 5th on the day. 

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The last rider for the Santa Cruz Syndicate and the second-fastest qualifier, Loris Vergier, was awaiting his race run. Loris dropped in but just after the first split, he clipped a pedal catapulting him over the bars and losing all chances of contending for the rainbow jersey. Loris would finish 61st on the day and unfortunately will have to wait till next year to give it another go for the elite title. 

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A pair of top tens at World Champs ain't too shabby, and with one weekend in North America, the Syndicate looks to end on a high note before starting the off-season charge towards next season. We'll see you next week in Snowshoe for the final World Cup round. 

 

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