Scotty Mears likes to have Adam Brayton close to him at all times, so he put him on his top tube so he can always 'Sit on his face!'
The winning tool from Fort William looking ready to roll. Still on the Demo with no signs of any trail bike trickery, Troy Brosnan has the potential to do well at this track.
Commencal rocking out their new team bus that they premiered at Fort William. A much needed improvement to their pit space on last year.
Tech area with a view. It doesnt get much better for the mechanics and at the end of the day you can sit out, watch the sun set and enjoy the perfect Weissbier.
And then leading you out over this waterfall and speeding into the finish arena. Ending on the big gas to flat wooden kicker you cross the line at mach 10.
A real mix of features and overall feel to the track. The flat out top section mixed in with nibbly rock gardens leading into rattly roots makes it tickle all the skills. Good all rounder will do well at this track.
Something tells me that it doesn't matter how much dust and gravel you ship off the track, its just going to come back. The marble rocks should make plenty of the bone cry corners interesting, like wise if it throws it down the track could get even more spicy! Marc Beamont give us his thoughts. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Marc_audio_01.mp3"]"
This rock section that was introduced last year was pretty gnarly, with no direct line it was made tricky by the constant rain. This year its looking a little more tame after a year of filling in. Still a section to think about but shouldn't cause as many issues as last year. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Simmonds_audio.mp3"]"
Will Longden shows the team how not to do it as he explains that you should transfer to the down slope and not try to press your face into the side of this landing. Whilst filming with Claudio for the Redbull track preview, Will's need to look at the track approach failed on him a little after he took a tumble. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Will_audio.mp3"]"
Still and good array of wood on this track with the two big wall rides making an appearance. Although great bike park features, Im sure most racers would rather opt for the natural flat out fall-line option.
The big kickers make another return for this year, always a favourite with the riders and another obstacle to add some more variation to the track.
Back on to the original line, the track takes very much a similar line as last year through this wooded section. A slight variation with a rooty chicane to scrub a bit of speed off but generally the same as previous years.
Big bike park berms to finish off the end of the new top section and leading into another new tunnel. Laced with this huge stone structure it sure does show a good indication of how much work the park have spent on the tracks here. Great to see but maybe not so much World Cup. Note, inside lines are on! Joe Smith give us his take on the Austrian track. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Joe-Smith_audio_01.mp3"]"
Dusty, loose and off camber. This is one of the new sections of track that riders may get excited on. Wide, with a few lines to choose from and plenty of gravel to make it traction free!
A lot of work and money has been spent to improve the track and its infrastructure. Two huge tunnels have been added to cross under the fire road and join you back up with the main line in the woods. I think they had the steam roller under here!
Privateer life. A good crowd of Brits have made it out to the first round on the continent, but it didn't start well for the Perth City Cycles boys when all their bikes were stolen out the back of their van! We chat to Oli Burton, Scotty Mears, Rich & Jay from Wideopen about their thoughts on the top section. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Privateers_audio_01.mp3"]
The weather has been very on off over the past few days with glories sun shine in the day but with gnarly storms rolling in over night giving the track a bit of a dampening. Even the forecast is unpredictable, with it mentioned rain at mid day, but it didn't come! Who knows if the weather will hold.
But the track diverts off the main line and after all the talk we expected a gnarly off camber natural section, but unfortunately we were given bike park. Bunch cut into the hillside is this 2foot wide track of jumps and rocks. A couple of trickyish off camber section which shouldn't be any issue in the dry. Not really what we expected.
With Fort William track walk turning into a look at other peoples backs, many riders used the constant running gondola to time their hike when everyone else wasn't on the track. Making track walk a useful tool for once.
Everyone has been talking about the changes to the track here in Leogang: 'All new top section, off camber in a field, loose and crazy!' But standing at the top of the track much of it look the same. Dropping from the start gate and over the first few turns it feels pretty similar to last year!
Bikepark Leogang has a great network of trails around the World Cup track. One of the latest edition is Flying Gangster, Europes take on A-Line, jumps top to bottom. But with the World Cup track mixed in amongst the park, it does receive quite a bit of 'attention' to keep it running well throughout the season.
Up on the hillside in this picturesque landscape of mountain scenery and cows. It really is hard to beat what Austria has to offer. The perfect setting for a World Cup.
Back to back World Cup weekends can be tough on all members of the team. The 20hrs+ drive from the highlands of Scotland takes its toll on the team behind the scenes. Setting up pits and working right away on the bikes, the mechanics boil in their tents under the heat of the sun.
Heading into Europe means there is no shortage of gondolas. No uplift issues here, smooth running and efficient, but not much good if the weather rolls in, could be in for another 6am start!
Bound for the hillside, our journey across Europe takes us through, snow, wind and rain but as we near our destination, the fourth round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the sun shines and it leads us down the valley to Leogang!
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Laurence has been up on the hill in Leogang to check out the changes to the track ahead of this weekend's 2014 Leogang World Cup. The weather is looking mixed over in Austria and rain could mix things up on a track where times will be tight.
If you want to check out all the info on Leogang then make sure you take a look at our preview.
We have also been up the track with Wyn Masters and he has his own take on the track in Leogang.
For information, photo galleries and video from last years event, click through the links below.