The asthmatic Icelandic volcano has played it's part in attracting World Cup racers to the first round of the Pro GRT this weekend.

This looks like it should be a goody, the Sea Otter Downhill wasn't much of pre World Cup test, the Pro GRT could be a good indicator of who is up to speed for the 2010 WC season.

The PR bit:

Athertons, Dirt Norco, Bryceland & more to attend Pro GRT Port Angeles!

With the immense volcano that has hit Iceland grounding most flights in Europe, many of the international World Cup downhill racers have elected to stay here in the states and participate in the first round of the Pro GRT in Port Angeles, Washington. The ATHERTONS, DIRT NORCO, & JOSH BRYCELAND teams have joined a growing list of superstar riders already in attendance!

TREK WORLD RACING - including Justin Leov, Andrew Neethling, former World Cup champion Tracy Moseley, & US phenom Neko Mullaly

SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE - including former World & World Cup Champion Greg Minnaar & Josh Bryceland

Team GIANT - including Jared Rando, Danny Hart & Duncan Riffle

YETI / FOX SHOX - including US Champion Aaron Gwin, Joey Schulser & Chris Boice

TRANSITION RACING - including Bryn Atkinson, Lars Sternberg, & former World & World Cup Champion Jill Kintner

MS EVIL - including Steve Smith & Luke Strobel

ATHERTON RACING - including Dan Atherton & former World Champion Rachel Atherton

DIRT NORCO - including Ben Reid & Dan Stanbridge

Team KHS


More info over at Pro GRT.

Nipple Cam of the track - courtesy of MS Racing's Luke Strobel.

Pro GRT Short from allout productions on Vimeo.