Laurence has been up on the hill again and catching what went down today in Hafjell practice today. Amongst the rad flat out riding Phil Atwill went down and broke his collarbone, team mate Manon Carpenter knows the Sloth will be back up and running soon.
The man next on the left must just be really tall…yep…must be that! Atherton Racing team manager Dan Brown walking down after his track walk, scoping out all the shapes and reporting back to the team, these guys have racing dialled.
Phil 'The Sloth' Atwill took a nasty crash in practice this morning, which left him with a broken collar bone. He was on for a good result this weekend and just back from a broken thumb, its looking like Phil will be out for the rest of the season. Heal up bud! Manon fills us in on how he is doing. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/20_audio.mp3"]
Rachel spending her morning wisely, checking out lines through the middle rock garden, thinking of changes she can make if the rain sets in and hunting down those last few milliseconds. I caught up with her mid track. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/21_audio.mp3"]
With two storming final rounds, Stevie Smith is still able to take the World Cup overall, but he will have to pull out something special to take down the opposition. 2.5s back, the numbers are not adding up in his favour right now.
Joe Smith looking pinned coming out of the jumps at the top. 34th place in qualy, but with some places to be gained and with a 6 British riders in the ten places above him and a third of the top 30 being British, its going to be some tight GB racing!
A risky hop that Gee Atherton had a go at. Getting a little close for comfort, Gee kisses the pad with his shoulder, but manages to hold his line and rail fast and smooth. Anywhere he can gain time on millisecond Mik counts for tomorrow's race.
Zak Johansen, another Norwegian local with all the lines. Mega hop over the roots into this aply named section "Garden of Rock!" Most riders going for the flat out approach, this line if landed well on the right side sets you up well for the next left and good time to set up for the rocks, but is a risky hop.
Devinci race team setting up for some good results across the board. All their riders scoring top 20 quali/seeding runs. Nick Beer only 6 seconds behind Stevie and 8 off the top pace, he will have to keep it pinned to stick a top ten time down.
Blenki kicking up dust in the open section, only whiskers behind his kiwi mate George Brannigan in quali yesterday. Pinned runs this morning in practice.
Dipping into yesterday practice for this, just making sure you have this man front and centre in your mind coming into racing tomorrow! One of the hot favourites for the win, Mick Hannah could see him self with his first WC win this season, but with the likes of Gee, Minnaar and Stevie looking pinned, who knows?
Myriam Nicole focused on the prize in training this morning. A last bit of practice to see if she can close down any time on Rachel Atherton's 8s lead. Tough call but with a smooth, fast run, could be anyones.
Alex Bond pinned over the rocks in the top section. Looking on form all week on his bright yellow Nukeproof he should be on for a good position on Sunday. A little back in quali yesterday, 48th, but only 15seconds back!
No Aaron Gwin here in Hafjell due to the injury on his shoulder that he sustained at Worlds, so stepping up to the plate, Troy Brosnan did the team proud yesterday with a 6th. Enjoying the track and keen for Sunday, he told me how his week is going. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/10_audio2.mp3"]
Josh Bryceland spent some time analysing these rocks this morning, pushing up and giving it a few goes he got them dialled. Even though its Saturday, riders are still using every last minute on track to find new lines.
Not running the 29er trail bike here in Hafjell, Mitch Ropelato is back on the smaller wheeled DH rig. Not as an impressive qualy run here yesterday with 45th, but still looking quick over the rocks in the bottom sector.
Smashing out several runs this morning, Manon Carpenter is enjoying the track and starting to feel happy with her lines. Opting for a few risky lines in the rocks, but keeping it safe on some of the jumps, she will be looking regain momentum after her crash at Worlds. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/7_audio1.mp3"]
The other side of the Hannah family looking to do well here this weekend. Coming back from injury and bagging a 3rd at Worlds Tracey will be looking to carry on with that success. 5th in quali yesterday and looking good in practice this morning!
We're not racing yet…so lets have a bit of fun! Norwegian local, Niclas Andersen with all the shapes on the jumps. 70th in quali for Niclas, he will be looking to be scrub these jumps come Sunday and improve on that place.
Feeling a little autumnal here today, with the orange leafs starting to fall. A bit of rain could do the track good to hold down the dust, but a bunch of it could turn dusty puddles corners into a real slick dirty mess.
A rather different outlook today, grey and daunting skies welcome you as you in pin into these corners out of the woods. The blur made by non other than top junior qualifier, Innes Graham who will be looking to seal the deal with a win.
Nice morning for some whips. Saturday practice here and due to the XC being in town as well, practice is down to an hour and a half for each group, not a ton time to get many runs in and if the rains comes in, the track will become a very different beast.
Fresh morning air in Hafjell with the clouds hanging in the valley there's not much sign of them breaking. The expected rain is yet to arrive but maybe the Norwegian skies are keeping hold of it until race day.
Devinci race team setting them selves up for some good results across the board. All their riders scoring top 20 qualy/seeding runs. Nick Beer only 6 seconds behind Stevie and 8 off the top pace, he will have to pull some string to bring up to top ten.
A risky hop that Gee Atherton had a go at, which Im not too sure if he was meaning to get so tight. Getting a little close for comfort, Gee kisses the pad with his shoulder, but manages to hold his line and rail fast and smooth. Any where he can break time on millisecond Mik!