Today was a little bit of a slow day as there was only a couple of hours practice this morning, this just meant our photographer on the ground Laurence was working even harder. Here's the day in the form of photos and audio.
Sam Dale has been having a wild time this week. Having ridden the tester event here a few weeks ago, he is confident with track. He’s always able to make a laugh out of any situation! We catch up with him after practicing. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/18_audio.mp3"]
Line of lids. Scott riders all with their colourful range of helmets, not very coordinated but at least you can tell one from another.
Cross Country putting the shut down on DH today and with the finish line being at the top it was packed out pits all day long.
Hmm…something hidden under this cloth in the Trek tent? Oh what could it be…I will let you think of the answer.
Getting to the gondola and out of town has quite the view. Nothing better than that to wake up to each morning.
Not much going on today with the account of XC finals, but a great opportunity to get in some last minute training in, and a bit of rest and relaxation in the afternoon.
Kicking up dust all over the shop today. Trail is still prime and running fast, but the word on the street is that there is rain forecast for Sunday afternoon, everyone is a bit on tender hooks about what the weather might do. After talking to a few riders thought, they are rather keen for some rain! Noel Neiderberger here looking quick in practice.
Saturday practice is one of the last times riders will get the chance to check the track on foot. Guillem Jorba checking out the big holes in the open section.
We caught up with Adam Brayton and he tells us about his collar bone injury he got at the Fort William World Cup. Happy to be back on the bike and getting back up to speed, it won’t be long until he is up there again. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/5_audio.mp3"]
After going fastest in qualifying yesterday, Manon is hoping to take the win here. Determined as ever, she was able to smash out 3 pretty quick laps this morning before resting it up in the sun.
Looking to make history and to end Gee’s winning streak, Sam Hill was looking calm and steady in today's practice ready for tomorrow’s race.
Brook MacDonald back on the bike this morning for practice, but with his shoulder noticeably giving him grief it will be interesting to see what he is able to get done tomorrow.
French locals busting shapes all over the town. Seeming to be spending more time on his whips today he sure better know the track. Florian Arthus pulling it out for a photo.
Been looking quick all weekend in the wake of Sam Hill, Joe Smith has really upped his game of late. Joe is a rider that has been constantly tapping at the WC scene for a few years now and would be great to see him stand up on that podium!
Another rider to be pushing it with an injury, we caught up with Marc Beaumont to give us the latest and his thoughts of the track. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/11_audio1.mp3"]
Aaron Gwin will be looking to do better than his 53rd place qualifying run, in tomorrow’s racing. Pinned in practice today!
Crowds gathering track side to get a short piece of today’s action. With the weather so great it would be rude not to spend it on the hillside watching some racing!
Privateer racer Harry Heath was able to put down a storming qualifying run yesterday, putting him into 26th place. You can see the determination in his face that he is giving it some…and it was only practice today!
End of practice and riders get the chance to do one final track walk. Steve Smith and co. checking all the lines.
No need to run those big rings this round. Harry Molloy opts to lose a few gears and crank it hard come the pedalling sections.
Busy day for the mechanics. Full strip down and rebuilds in preparations for tomorrows racing. World cup spannering sounds like the dream job buts it damn hard work, especially when it’s 28 degrees outside and every person walking past is a distraction.