Cairns World Cup 2016 - track walk
Warmer than a kangaroo's pouch
A bit like the London busses, we've waited all winter for a World Cup and all of a sudden two pop up at once.
Photos: Seb Schiek
The teams may only just have finished cleaning the bikes after the Lourdes mud bath, but already they're on the other side of the globe preparing to take on Queensland's toughest trails in Carins.
You may remember Cairns from 2014 when a tropical monsoon left it a quagmire, forcing riders to abandon clipless pedals en-masse. This year the conditions could not be more different with a dusty, dry course and stiflingly hot weather. However, with showers forecast between now and the weekend, the riders could be looking at a very different track on Saturday afternoon.
The track is 1,259 metres long with a drop of 239 meres (roughly half of what Lourdes offered) and is relatively unchanged with the knife-edge rock garden, 270° corkscrew turn, moto whoops and flat-out pedal for the final 100 metres all returning for 2016.
Cairns will be the World Championships track next year so it's definitely one the riders will want to get to know well. Crack open a Fosters and check out these Cairns track walk pictures:
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight? After 2014's slog fest the riders will be hoping this fair weather continues to the weekend. Check back tomorrow when all the lines from practice will be revealed and timed training will give us an idea of who's overcome the jet lag best.