Keep an eye on this continually updating post for all the latest news from La Bresse, France.
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Bad news this morning, thieving scumbags broke into the unmarked Kona team van and made off with all the team bikes.
Mitch Delfs and Matti Dupelle have dashed off to Geneva to try and get some spare bikes sorted for the weekend.
Track walk starts at 14.00pm today.
Just got to say thanks to Stanny, Reidy and Ali for the lift over in Thundertruck MKii AKA Vampire Deluxe.
La Bresse is a small town with a river running down the middle of it. Pit space is tight, so expect to see teams setting up on pavements and driveways.
The French Cycling Federation are insisting riders wear back protection and elbow protection for this race. We’ll have to see how riders who don’t normally wear body armour interpret this rule.
Danny Hart has a stealth new paint job on the Glory.
Is this a new lighter V3 that Myriam Nicole and the Ruffin Bros will be riding?
Adam “Gas to Flat” Brayton’s brother Sam caught this massive whopper of a trout in the river that flows through town. For the techies amongst you, I think he used a spinner.
It wouldn’t be a World Cup without rain. Today, Friday, the first day of practice and the rain has begun to lightly sprinkle down.
The La Bresse uplift.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the riders interpret the body armour rule this morning.
Dirt Norco rider Ben Reid wasted no time at all in getting the scissors and cardboard (Fruit n Fibre-750g) out to fashion a pair of “elbow guards”.
Gee Atherton has a new bike. A lighter version of the V3. Same geometry just about 1lb lighter.
Brendan is running the new Renthal direct mount stem.
Aaron Gwin is running what looks to be a new prototype Saint brake. All mechanic Monkey would say was “whoop, these things are powerful!”
Sun’s shining on La Bresse hillside today for WC qualifying.
Sunday Race Day
Race day at La Bresse. Rained all night and still spitting down now.