But as the evening draws to a close and the rain clouds pass over head, the skies open up to a glorious evening, setting us up for for practice day here in Windham. Follow us as we keep you posted with all the weeks excitement and drama!
Something right out of the movie 'Cars'! This fire truck serves all the towns emergency needs. Imagine rolling up to a fire in this classic. These parts of America just seem to have a different way of living to the rest of the world, no shits given!
When your house is already huge and has 100 acres, which seems to be the norm around here, you have to have a house just for your mail! Even though the town doesn't house that many, the ones who live here must just have good taste!
Repeat of the 2012 World Cup round was playing in the cafe at the bottom which soon gathered some attention. Wasn't long until a small crowd gathered, chatting and laughing about what was then.
The 'Big Sender' has been on the fat buster diet and has really lost some inches. Disappointing for some riders as they see this infamous jump has been cut down considerably. This one was always a favourite of the fans, especially when the big cases came out!
Browsing what the last section has to offer, the guys from down under are excited to get back on the bikes after the last round. Blenki's podium in MSA set him up well for a great end to the season. He chats about his thoughts on where he is at and what he thinks of the track. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20_audio_01.mp3"]"
The 'Merican flag flying high as you come into the final section of the track. Off of the container gap and into the last few jumps and across the line. There really isn't a great deal to think about for the riders on this track, just go damn fast from top to bottom, all out all on the line!
Out of the woods and into the classic sections of the track. Burger's Booter has been on the buns and has added a few pounds to the top of the lip making it quite daunting as you come full speed into it. Followed by the aptly named 'Peaty's Plunge' which saw Steve Peat crash out hard in 2010.
Windham does have it's moments that make it different to other rounds on the circuit. Interesting rock garden features with good options should really make for some tight racing. Just still a shame the length isn't there.
So close in Leogang and missing out in MSA, it really isn't going to be long until Loic Bruni manages to win a round of the World Cup. He is up there as one of the riders that tries the hardest putting 110% into everything he does. Good previous result here with a 5th in Elite, as a junior, he is hoping this is the one and the track should suit him.
The flat out theme continues towards the mid part of the track with a section of gaps, doubles and quick berms adding a bit of diversity to mix it up. Talking to riders they fear the builders have made this 2.30min track even shorter!
After his great result in MSA, Danny is going to be keen to keep it rolling and looking at the big W this weekend. If the weather turns nasty, this rooty, rocky track will suit him to the ground. A quick chat with him about his thoughts on Windham. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/14_audio1.mp3"]"
Signs of dampness throughout the track but overall pretty dry considering the storm we had the previous evening. Really not the same 30°C conditions as a few years ago which turned the track into more of a sand pit but fast looking and should hold up really well.
Out of the first section of woods and into a fast section of steep piste. Slight change with the tape being along tight to the inside of the corner rather than being so wide. Some riders claiming it will make it a little easier as its more of a direct line. All I can see is you will be coming damn quick into here and should be and interesting section.
But getting first glimpses of the track shows that it's all pretty similar to the track that was raced here for the World Cup in 2012, just a little bit more rode in. The first section of woods and you are coming in hot to loose, natural looking terrain filled with rocks and roots. Looking very British right about now!
'Yeah I think I can see the lines!' The shorter nature of the track meant that it was even busier on track walk today with sections filling up pretty quickly, it was pretty difficult to get your eye in.
First addition to the track here in Windham is this new start hut and first few hundred yards. Originally starting out on the piste, the track now starts in the trees left of there and runs along a new little natural section before tucking into the woods and joining on to the main line. Audio with Greg Williamson who raced here a few weeks back at a test event. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/9_audio2.mp3"]"
A short lift ride to the top of the hill and with no gondola to keep you dry, the brollies were out to keep us dry from the looming rainy clouds above. With the trend of clear mornings followed by rainy evenings, it was looking pretty unpredictable what the weather and track were going to do. Another round of not quite knowing where you stand.
Climbing the big metal stair case up to the finish arena really turns it from tourist spot to bike race. Time to get serious as it's all riding on this last few rounds for the top riders. This year could honestly see anybody take the overall and its all to play for.
Only in 'Merica! Honda VFR sporting this bike rack for cycle enthusiast! Would be amazing to spend a few weeks touring the states and hitting up all the trails, and doing it this way it couldn't be any better!
The Statue herself welcomes us into New York, the land of the free! Oh you can feel the patriotism, especially when this is a replica model in the garden!
Only in 'Merica can you call a round Gun Club Road. Needless to say we didn't start snooping around and making a scene. Heads down act normal!
Great to see all the local people and businesses getting involved. The local coffee shop provided hot drinks and snacks, the local residents marshalling and volunteering through out and everyone seems to just make a friendly and inviting atmosphere in town.
Population of 1,700 people, Windham is a little ski village a few hours drive out of the centre of New York City. With the World Cup being pretty much the biggest thing here all year, the pretty town is taken over for the week by riders from all over the globe.
Welcome to America people and the sixth round of the UCI MTB World Cup, yes we are this far through the season already! Located in the beautiful Catskill Park lays the small town of Windham, hosts of this penultimate round! Lets jump right in with track walk on the first day here.
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Windham World Cup - It's going to be a tight one.
The World Cup has rolled into the USA and with only one race to go after this it's pretty open for the overall. The Windham World Cup track has been straightened in some spots, been on a diet in others and fattened up on a few lumps too.
One thing's for sure, it's going to be a tight race! with open sections on the piste and some big senders the riders will be at full tilt pretty much all the way down with not much to slow them down. The top section is pretty straight right out of the new start hut, and the pace is set for the rest of this short run.
Overall the riders seems pretty happy with this track, Danny Hart said it was always fast here and this year it looks even quicker. The last time we were over here the schedule was similar, MSA then Windham. Danny podiumed at both races last time round and has ticked the first one off with a 5th in Quebec this time round. Could Danny do it here?
So far this year no rider has won two events, Gwin won in PMB, then Gee took a win in Cairns in reply. Then the taps opened up for the young guns, Troy won at Fort William, then Josh landed a well deserved win in Leogang aboard his old 26" bike. Last weekend it was Sam Hill's turn to come back and take the win so this weekend is going to be interesting for those riders and the rest of the field.
Manon Carpenter is leading the way in the Women's title race and if she nails a good result at Windham could extend her already solid lead of 140 points. Emmeline Ragot is behind her with Rachel still bringing the heat in 3rd place. It's been an amazing season for Manon so far and she will be gunning for a win at World Champs too, a week after Meribel the race will be a perfect way to round off the season.
The Juniors though are the tightest of the lot! Just 4 points between Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier going into the last two races. If Loris can stay on his bike and keep it smooth he could definitely take the win but Luca Shaw is a man on form and for the young American this is his home race.
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