Ending the day off with a spin into the sunshine, the teams retreat for evening, grab an early night and prepare for tomorrow's racing. Sam Dale flying his way back to the coop, good to see he is still smiling after a huge crash in practice. Join us tomorrow for all the finals action.
The scores were on the doors already by the time we made it to the bottom of the hill. Are we going to see another round with another new winner? Either way it couldn't be more of an exciting season and is only going to get more intense as we go into the final round.
Typically American fresh home made lemonade stand run by this old boy, tell you what it tasted pretty amazing too. Nothing better than one of these after a hot day on the hill.
Power lunch of pasta and cakes, all the carbs to power the pistons down the hill. Tough to eat lots when its so hot but it's essential to keep fuelled with good food.
That anxious time where you are waiting to see if you made finals. Only 13 seconds off the pace saw you out of the top 80, making everyone on the edge of their seat until the last man came down. Racing here really is tight, with riders trying to literally find tenth of seconds whereever they can on track.
Josh Bryceland though pulls out all the stops in his qualifying run and secures himself the top spot. Stoked with his run and even more pleased to see he has closed the gap even more on Troy Brosnan. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/29_audio.mp3"]"
Danny Hart sitting tight in 6th place on the top end of the 2min 30 seconds. Happy with his results but keen for more he will be going into finals ready for the battle. Everyone is talking about this huck line that he found in the steep section where he gases all the way from top to bottom, a really impressive line. He chats about his day. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/28_audio2.mp3"]"
Another rider to not have the run he intended, Gee Atherton was just not having the day today. Although he took the top in timed training yesterday, he just wasn't able to replicate that time today and drops some serious positions and ends up back in 15th.
Taking the win in qualifying today, Rachel Atherton swaps places with Manon after a couple of rounds on top. Feeling more comfortable than MSA last week, Rachel set nicely into the track and started pushing the boundaries early on. Rachel taking the win here could really throw a spanner in the works for Manon as points could really be down to the wire as they go into the last round in Meribel.
...until moments later he washes out huge on the off camber corner afterward. This week has already seen some risk taking mistakes, some that could really have turned nasty if the circumstances were different. Bruni walked away just a bit sore.
A dark horse of this round, Loic Bruni could pull something out of the bag come finals tomorrow with this wide open, short track being in his favour. Getting his eye in today in qualis he sets down a 5th place, 3.2 seconds off the pace. Pinned here in the steep section in practice he was really looking on it...
Disappointed with his qualifying run, Sam Hill was keen to pick up as many points as he could coming into these last two rounds as the overall is still all to play for. Riding a bit conservatively he ends up back in 11th place, a position thats unlike him.
Emmeline Ragot strong and focused into the bottom section on her qualifying run. A couple of 3rds here in Windham over the years, Ragot will be hunting to do better and put her self a little closer toward that distant overall top spot. She chats about how her day panned out for her. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/22_audio.mp3"]"
Aaron Gwin took the big W here last time in 2012, and once again he shows us how to get it done. Racing here on home soil and enjoying the fast paced nature of the track, Aaron takes 2nd in qualis today.
The few season's Brayton has had a unlucky fortune that has seen him injured early on. big crash in Cairns left him with a bit of sour taste going into later rounds. Reserved in qualis today he qualified and makes it over to tomorrows racing.
Not really Manon's kind of track here in Windham and it really showed in her time. Just not going as fast as she liked, over braking and not committing to things, she falls back to 4th place in qualis today. Still tight racing with only 4 seconds in it, it could all change by tomorrow. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/19_audio.mp3"]"
Hey if you cant beat them...join them. Disappointed with his front flat in qualys, Steve Peat couldn't help but stop to shotgun a beer on track side. American fans know how to get the party started.
Having raced here many times before, Steve is no stranger to the speed, but that doesn't mean it can't catch him out. A front puncture up in the top section of the track in qualis dashed any hopes for some much wanted points. Protected, he cruises to the bottom and will have another crack tomorrow in finals.
The American Gnarly Mulally pulling it out of the bag today on home soil with a super impressive qualifying run from him. Neko puts down a 3rd place run, maybe that had something to do that he raced the test event here several week ago and ended up 2nd. Neko could see a really good result tomorrow if he manages another of these.
Times were just as tight as timed training with 5 of the top 10 riders in qualis were all on the same 30 seconds. After a big crash in practice which saw him try to tackle down a full grown tree, Sam Blenkinsop falls on the outer side of the 30 and he falls back to 8th place.
Some big NY crowds were gathered all the way along the track for qualis today. A really good vibe around the finish area and pits this weekend, with plenty going on for riders and spectators alike to get involved with, it feels like a little cycle festival.
You get a good birds eye view of the track from the lift as it runs underneath pretty much the whole way, that or heckle the riders and media below!
Open up the taps and prepare for one white knuckle ride. Elite men were posed and qualifying today and it wasn't long until the times started to come in. Faustin Figaret from Commencal coming pinned into Peaty's Plunge and toward the finish for a 38th finish.
Luca Shaw took the leaders jersey off of Loris back in MSA. Extending his lead further from Loris today as he scores 1st place in qualis for the Juniors.
Tahnee Seagrave proving at every round that she can mix in with top women and battle for the top spot. Composed and eager for the result this weekend she grabs herself 6th place.
Tracey Hannah started this season with an open mind of staying consistent and just getting through the season, but she has managed more than that by being consistently in the top 5 or so riders. 3rd in qualis today just in behind Rachel & Ragot and not too far off the pace, only 2.6secs back.
Taking timed practice yesterday, Taylor Vernon came into qualis feeling strong and confident that he has the speed. Although fastest British Junior rider in qualis today, he falls back into 5th place, but only a second in it.
A bit of a mare of a run for Loris in qualis today with a crash in his run. Still ending up in 3rd after all that he was pleased with the circumstances. Junior points race is tight as ever between Loris and Luca, its all down to these last two rounds.
The sunshine beating down on the track, not much moisture here any more, but with the track holding up well it just started getting faster and faster. It doesn't seem like it will be what most riders were hoping for, some evening rain would calm the dust down for racing tomorrow, fingers crossed for a big storm!
Always great to see new talent poking its head through the soil. 2nd year Junior Thomas Estaque from Lac Blanc-Scott puts down a solid performance in qualis today and scores 2nd place.
The heavily stacked field in Juniors this round sees them having to qualify with only the top 30 riders going through to tomorrows finals. Today luck was not on your Laurie's side as he picks up a puncture in his run and misses out on a top 30 place. Disappointing for the youngster, but head up already, he hopes to put this behind and focus on Meribel in 2 weeks.
After a brisk morning of practice to get the legs moving, we were right into racing, kicking off qualis today with the Junior men! A good crowd of youngsters out here making it a tough category.
Another dampening the previous night made the track a tad wet this morning. But it really wasn't long after the dust started to appear out of the corners and the track became loose and marbly. Not really sure tears off are necessary, but hey, what else would you have to throw on the floor over wise!
Friday sure did come along quick and racing is about get under way. Everyone knows what they need to do here in order to put themselves in or out of contention for the overall. With riders eager to get up the hill, lets join in and watch all the action unfold.
Another cold but clear morning here in Windam. The sun rises over the valley and dawn breaks on qualifying day. With the racing tight and the points tighter, riders will be looking to pick up some vital places in preparation for tomorrows finals. We are all in for one exciting day!
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More superb shots from Laurence as the riders went flat out down the short 2014 Windham World Cup track. After some rain early on the track dried out and as the day went on the surface sped up in time with the riders. The full qualifying results are here.
The Juniors were off first and the results sheet was mixed up by some new faces in the top 5. Luca Shaw pulled out another win taking the top points going into racing later today. Thomas Estaque from the Lac Blanc Scott team came in across the line to take second place and some handy points. Ferran Jorba Prats took third place with Loris Vergier making 4th after a crash mid way down his run, Taylor Vernon rounded out the top 5.
In the Women it was time for Rachel to step up and she took the win ahead of Emmeline Ragot and Tracey Hannah. Series leader Manon Carpenter had to settle for fourth after coming in to her qualifying run a little too tentative. That said she went fastest through the speed trap so she could be saving herself for racing later today. On her home track Jill Kintner took 5th place and some solid points for her, she DNF'd at the race here in 2012 so she will be hoping to get back near the top spots again later today.
The Mens qualifying was just fast, riders taking the lines that gave them the best speed and pushing it at race pace. Danny Hart found a big huck line that led him and others drifting into the next left hander. After going fastest in Timed Training it wasn't Gee's day and he slipped back to 15th. Danny was up to speed in TT as well and he still had most of it going into qualifying, 6th for Danny but we know there is more to come from the Redcar Rocket. It was Josh Bryceland's day again though, first place ahead of Gwin in second and an amazing 3rd from Neko Mulally. Loic Bruni came over in 5th and the racing later today is going to be amazing, make sure you tune in.
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