Flipper is trying to get himself accustomed to life out in Oz, he's doing the right thing by watching Neighbours and drinking but he told us he's been drinking Shipstones Crew Fine Amber Ales which is from from New Zealand and eating curry.

Come on Flipper, crack open the 4X and start throwing the shrimps on the barbie Bruce.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Big Mike would never forgive me for going to Oz and not returning with images of the largest marsupial in the world ... the Kangaroo .. well technically these aren't the largest as this is a Grey Kangaroo and not a big ol' Red. But I'm sure this pic with the sun setting over Mount Stromlo makes up for my Kangaroo spotting skills.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

It wasn't downhill practice that started today, the 4X riders got their chance to tackle the Glen Jacobs signature course. Dirt favourite, Anneke Beerten was due to ride DH here but with the 4X World Cup title within reach she decided to leave the double race weekend for Schladming if all goes according to plan this weekend. But she did get some extra riding time in by riding back up the 4X track.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

As you would expect, Aussies and Kiwis make up the bulk of the entries here in Canberra, with 28 riders from Australia and 17 from their southern neighbours in New Zealand - not Tasmania - racing here. Brook Macdonald is from NZ and was booting the end of the Triple Treat from 1st practice run .. methinks he has been here before.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Another Aussie on course today is Will Rischbeith - who has done his fair share of World Cups this year - was once again running his inflatable body armour ... given that Canberra is in the throes of a 5 year drought that may be more rain insurance than we need ... or is it given that weather forecasts predict rain on Sunday!

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Once the sun goes down here it gets cold ... and then the ever present wind appears to come straight off the Antarctic ice shelf! Rachel Atherton took precautions though with a custom gangsta / wild west outlaw scarf depending on your TV influences.

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