BATAILLE ROYALE FIS SNOWBOARD CROSS WORLD CUP LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY AT MONT-SAINTE-ANNE, QC
March 8, 2023 – Mont Sainte-Anne, QC – Get ready Canada– the Bataille Royale FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup is coming to Quebec! On the slopes of Mont-Sainte-Anne, the world's fastest snowboard cross racers will vie for the final two World Cup titles of the season, and the coveted Crystal Globe trophy for the overall tour championship. Who will stand victorious as the dust settles on the shores of the St. Lawrence River?
Quebec is the perfect place for a Snowboard Cross World Cup, with a storied history and an Olympic record that proves the province's pedigree. From Dominique Maltais' 2006 bronze in Torino to Eliot Grondin's double podium in Beijing in 2022, la belle province has consistently produced medal threats since the event's Olympic debut. Book your trip now– Bataille Royale is the perfect opportunity for Quebecers to celebrate their athletes. With an intimate finish corral, fans of all ages will have the chance to meet their heroes, get autographs, and experience the high-octane spectacle of World Cup snowboard action.
With Eliot Grondin competing, the home team has a star. The 21-year-old came within grasp of the Crystal Globe in 2021, finishing second overall on the World Cup tour. In 2022 he finished fourth, and currently sits in ninth– but with two World Cups between now and Bataille Royale, strong results could close the gap. It's still possible for this Olympic silver medalist to find his way to winning the Globe on home soil. Doing so would make him the first Canadian to win the overall title since 2014, when Dominique Maltais won the trophy after a nearly flawless season.
Also starting for Canada are Liam Moffatt (Truro, NS), Evan Bichon (Mackenzie, BC), Colby Graham (Prince George, BC), Tristan Bell (Gatineu, QC), and Audrey McManiman (Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare, QC). This hungry young team is used to dominating on the North American circuit, and ready to shine on the World Cup stage. They'll be joined by yet-unnamed up-and-comers from provincial development programs, and go head-to-head with the international elite of snowboard cross racing at Bataille Royale.
The course at Bataille Royale promises to be electrifying. Built by the world-renowned technicians at Arena Snowparks, it winds through the south slopes of Mont-Saint-Anne and features options that favour the bold. The riders who are strong enough to hold on through doubled-up rollers, transition directly from air time to banked turns, and pop powerfully off of kickers will be able to find efficiency– the only question is who can handle the speed.
Snowboard cross is one of the most exciting speed disciplines on the mountain. It's physical, aggressive, and features four riders simultaneously descending a course with jumps, tight corners, and large rollers. Anything can happen as riders fight tooth and nail towards the front of the pack, from photo finishes to jaw-dropping comebacks. Spectators are welcome, no tickets are required, and snowboarding fans of all ages are encouraged to come be part of this international snowboard cross smackdown. Come cheer for the home team at Bataille Royale– you won’t want to miss a second.
“The FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup is an outstanding opportunity to witness the exploits of international athletes. The daring circuit will ensure thrills galore. I invite Quebecers to attend the event to encourage Elliot Grondin on the slopes.”- Isabelle Charest, Minister Responsible for Sports, Recreation and the Outdoors
“Our government is proud to support this FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup. The Capitale-Nationale is recognized as an indispensable sports venue, especially because of the enthusiastic participation of its residents. For this reason, I invite large numbers of snowboard cross fans to encourage our athletes.”- Jonatan Julien, Minister Responsible for Infrastructure and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
“Events such as the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup are contributing to making Québec an ideal tourist destination. I am indeed pleased that the government is supporting this major sports competition, which is returning to Québec. It affords winter sports fans a unique opportunity to see the world snowboard cross elite in action. I would like to congratulate the organizers and volunteers who are making the event a success. I invite Quebecers to encourage their favourite athletes and take advantage of their visit to the magnificent Capitale-Nationale region to explore the area, savour the warm welcome of its residents, and discover new attractions.”- Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region
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