The Kona Gravity Team sample the changes at Mont Sainte Anne for UCI DH Round 5

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Not one single member of the Kona Gravity Team at Mont Sainte Anne this weekend was even born when the first World cup was run there 25 years ago. But that won’t stop them putting their mark on the track this weekend as the fifth round of the UCI DH World Cup goes down on this special rider loved track.

The first to guinea pig the new rock roll!

The first to guinea pig the new rock roll!

2015 sees some big changes to the course with the iconic hip jump under the chair lift gone. Replaced by a steep granite rock face, a lengthened wooded section and a portion of the old four cross track.

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WC_MSA_Practice-5212 Connor Fearon feeling very much at home on the new Operator 27.5

WC_MSA_Practice-4736Andrew Crimmins, still in the overall points lead for the juniors wasn’t holding back in practice, looking fast and stylish off the shark fin/berm press.

WC_MSA_Practice-4400Suns out guns out. Tegan Molloy enjoying the warm sun in the pits after practice. Although nothing but blue skies are forecast for Sunday, being a DH World Cup it seems scattered thunderstorms are forecast for Saturday, which could make things even more exciting on this brutal, fast and unforgiving track.

Freshly pressure washed and scraped ground brings out the natural rock which is much less of an eyesore than the man made stuff

Freshly pressure washed and scraped ground brings out the natural rock which is much less of an eyesore than the man made stuff. All Photos: Duncan Philpott

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