Laurence Crossman-Emms gets it done for us again with this stunning Hafjell World Cup practice gallery. There seem to be a few people crashing out here with Tahnee Seagrave taking a big one but she seems to be ok. We also catch up with Gee Atherton reviewing his helmet cam footage from practice and explaining there are a few more seconds to be found this weekend.
Steve Peat talks about his Bronson and the ongoing wheel debate, it might not be as fast a DH bike but it looks like Steve might be running it this weekend, or is he pulling our leg?
An early start for yesterday's practice in Hafjell, nothing like a bit of practice to get warmed up blasting through the low lying valley clouds. It's been dry here but I don't think this is enough to keep the dust down.
Quiet, calm and cool on the lift today, the whole place feels serene looking out over this stunning landscape. This was going to be the only calm place today though as the riders get on track and start slaying corners fast enough to wake any viking from their slumber.
Stepping into the gate and looking down the barrel of this track, riders stare right at four pristine booters followed by 3 and half minutes of World Class track. If that doesn't get you excited I don't know what will!
And out the gate…no one could resist throwing a shape over the first jumps. Only a few runs in, Noel Neiderberger busts out this tidy whip, the first of many laid down on this jump.
The cloud sunk deep into the valley letting the sun through and lighting the track with this amazing glow. Rachel Atherton not phased by the godly light and pushing through this interesting left hand line in the first rock garden. Looking comfortable in practice today!
British rider, Jay Williamson entering the trees at speed, once again great to see such a great squad of British riders making the ferry trip over here to race, just pumping out too much talent.
Al Bond sending it on his bright yellow Nukeproof, he is sure a rider with the talent to podium at World Cups, but we are still yet to see him grace a top spot.
The official unofficial world whip champion, Bernardo Neves Cruz can also whip it through the rocks. Pinned with the assistance of the sunshine, he has been looking on form. The Brazilian will be looking to pull it out the bag for this one.
Whipping their way all the way down the jumps…Van Steenbergen leading this train during practice today.
Current highest ranking British Junior, Mike Jones still has the time to close the gap between current overall leader Loris Vergier. I caught up with him after practice today to gather his thoughts on the track. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/10_audio1.mp3"]
Missing out here last year and after several podiums but no first, Manon Carpenter will be looking to finally make the top spot before the season is over. Comfortable in the air but just at home in the rocks, she should fit in well on this track. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/11_audio2.mp3"]
Styles for miles? American rider Graeme Pitts had fun playing on these senders this morning. One good thing about this line, is that if you weren't feeling it when you drop in, you sure are by the time you hit the last one!
Ratboy Bryceland being chased down by the Peaty! Having fun as always on track today, but not laying down a flat out timed run, it could still all be to play for come tomorrows Qualis. Not protected, he is going to be feeling the heat.
Pencils all day on the bunny hop step down. Harry Heath pulling as hard as he can to make the distance down slope. 13th timed run practice run today.
Even the marshals cant help but make a quick selfie…'Look maa, I got me a whistle!'
The golden morning light just stuck around all morning. Myriam Nicole dropping in to sample what Norway has to offer. Another of the female racers that are still yet to top the podium this year, she was looking quick in practice. Not letting the cat out the bag in her timed run, where can place in tomorrows Qualis!
Danny Hart looking back to his comfortable self. After the anxious travels and tribulations of MSA and South Africa, it must be great to be back racing on Euro soil, especially being such a habit driven character. A quick 6th place timed practice run today, but he should be able to ring a few more seconds out of his 3:39 time.
Mik Hannah looks like he is really turning on the taps toward the end part of this season. A great result at Worlds, he is coming here with high hopes and strong motivation. Solid through practice, and manages to lay down a 3rd place run in the timed session this afternoon. Dont place your bets yet without considering this man!
All on the line for the CRC team as they hunt for that top spot. With Hill crashing out hard in Worlds, Simmonds on fire and Joe seeming comfortable and collected, it really could be a mixed bag of results for the team this weekend. Sam and Matt managing full runs in timed practice, slipping in a 7th and 5th respectively.
Dropping out the woods and across the farmers field, keeping speed is the key. Marcus Pekoll fingers off the brakes and tucked in.
Popping his head out of almost no where, Bernard Kerr was able to put down an impressive 4th place timed practice run, word on the street is that he has already been here a week practicing. The advantage has clearly helped out, but he will have to make it count of race day to really be an advantage.
Hmm…whats this then Peaty. Trying out this yellow stallion this week? Steve tells us his thought on the wheel size debate and how he has caved in to give it a go this weekend! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/22_audio1.mp3"]
Tahnee Seagrave managed to have another appointment with the ground, landing a little head first this time though. All good, just a little shaken up, she tells us what happened! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/23_audio.mp3"]
Reviewing the GoPro footage from today and looking out for new lines, Gee Atherton manages to lay down the quickest timed run today with a fast 3:34, a second up on Stevie Smith in second place. But considering the wet conditions last year, the times today are still slower than that of the fastest of last year. Expect the boys to turn up the pace another notch! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/24_audio.mp3"]
The golden morning light just stuck around all morning. Myriam Nicole dropping in to sample what Norway has to offer. Another of the female racers that are still yet to top the podium this year, but looking quick in practice, but not letting the cat out the bag in her timed run, where can place in tomorrows Qualys!
Ratboy Bryceland being chased down by the Peaty! Having fun as always on track today, but not laying down a flat out timed run, it could still all be to play for come tomorrows Qualys. Not protected, he is going to be feeling the heat.
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