The first ever World Cup track walk on this new Andorran track which looks set to become a classic. We can't wait for the riding to kick off here, and as soon as it does we'll be bringing you all the action...
Bienvenidos to the UCI MTB World Cup. Taking us to ever so modern and interesting country of Andorra, Vallnord hosts the third round of the DH World Cup.
Making it easy here at Andorra with a large gondola to the top of the track. Should be quick and simple uplifting come practice
This way to the gondola. Imagine rolling your muddy bike through this fancy building.
Modern everything here in Andorra. Modern architecture, modern laws and modern gondolas. Andorra seems to be ticking all the boxes at the moment. Very tidy place to spend some time riding a bike, almost too nice.
Mixing it up for this round, pits are located at the top of the track. With amazing scenic views and shelter to warm up in come race day, it would be great to see this more often.
Sam Dale getting into the spirit of things here in Vallnord by showing his support for the local Andorrans.
Full spikes? Cut Spikes? Who knows what the weather is going to bring to this track. All you do know is you don't need to worry about rolling speed, you just need grip to slow down.
The Marae kiwi privateer riders set up nicely in the woods right next to the pits. Prime location next to the start of the track and tucked in the woods for shelter from the elements, teams should take a page out of the these boys book!
No riding today, track closed and time for the teams to check out this all new, top to bottom track!
Dropping in at the top to a peddly straight section of roots, rocks and off camber, setting your legs up nicely for the steepness to come. A sketchy flat double within the first 100m could put you off to a bad start on this long track.
Crossing over the main road is made interesting by shooting over this newly built construction and into a steep roll in back into the woods. At least you can roll and enjoy the view for a short while.
Freshly cut track needs time to bed in and with only one race down through here the ground shrubs are still fighting in there. Give it a few hundred riders later and they wont be!
The last World Cup here in Andorra saw Greg Minaar place 3rd. Although back then it was only a two and half minute run. Greg will be keen to better that result this weekend!
After burning your legs along the flat top section the track takes a turn for the steep!
This track has a mixture of it all! Roots, rocks, mud and woods. Sure is a track like no others on the circuit.
Off of the first steep section and into an open felled area featuring, once again, a different surface. Hard packed, jumps and berms!
Sketchy steep drop mid track making it the height of debate on the track walk. Several lines and mixed opinions on this feature, it will be interesting to see what riders make of it come practice!
Tucking in and out of the tall alpine trees, the track darts and weaves its way down the steep Andorran hillside.
Just when you think you are making your way down, the track just keeps coming, four and half minutes of winding technical goodness
A lot of recent rain has left the track in a muddy, sloppy mess. A few riders down this track and its going to turn into a railway of ruts.
The sunshine just about making its way through the dense trees. No drying out this slop!
Steep long turns towards the bottom of the track, but mixed in with roots, ruts and rocks they are not going to be a walk in the park!
Donning the sombrero and sandals on track walk, the best way to stay cool and look good!
And just to top it off, a sniper line, super steep, muddy holed section towards the finishing line. Was hard enough for everyone to walk down it, let alone ride your bike down here.
Stepping down out of a field and into the finishing arena, Harry Molloy and Josh Lowe ponder their thoughts after checking out the lines