The Giant Factory Off-Road Team was in Mont-Saint-Anne, Quebec, over the weekend for Round 6 of the UCI Downhill World Cup series, an event that was marked by wild weather, tricky track conditions and tight time gaps.
Jacob Dickson and Eliot Jackson both put in strong rides on the steep, technical and slippery Mont-Saint-Anne track to give the team two top-10 finishes. Dickson finished ninth and Jackson was 10th, both capturing their best-ever World Cup results.
The team’s third rider, Marcelo Gutierrez, had a heavy crash during practice and was forced to sit out the finals with a concussion. The seven-time Colombian national champion is expected to recover in time for the next round, and he still holds his top-10 overall World Cup ranking.
Dickson, fresh off his national championship win in Ireland last week, had a bumpy start to the weekend in Mont-Sainte-Anne, but was still able to put in a strong run in the finals on his Glory Advanced team bike.
“I had a hard few days here with my bike not showing up, jet lag, and then riding really tight in day one of practice, which wasn't like myself,” Dickson said. “But I pulled everything together and put down a good run, which I was really happy with. That put me into ninth with some help from the weather. My best World Cup to date!”
Both Dickson and Jackson, wearing the new Giant Shuttle DH shoe, completed their finals run before a heavy rainstorm hit. They also both occupied the leader’s hot seat—with times that were separated by less than a tenth of a second—before some of the higher seeded riders slotted in ahead of them.
“Mont-Sainte-Anne has always been my favorite track,” Jackson said. “I've always been able to find a flow here that makes me remember why I started riding bikes. The weekend went smoothly. We were able to get the bike set up early and it felt amazing throughout the week, even after it rained and the track got slippery. My goal for finals was to enjoy the track and try to get into that flow that I know I can. I felt like I achieved that in my run and it was awesome to come down and sit in the hot seat with Jacob. All in all, it was a very successful race!”
With six of seven World Cup races in the books, the team’s DH squad now heads to the Crankworx Whistler event in Canada next week before wrapping up the World Cup season with the finals in late August at Val di Sole, Italy.