Renners and Jake The Tea Boy got their lenses out on the hill yesterday, risking life and limb to bring you a random mix of the action. Here's what they saw.

Minnar650
Minnar650

Can the big man from Pietermaritzberg make it two from two? Thanks to Ben Johnson for hanging onto my pants while I took this photo.

Blinky650
Blinky650

Blinky. Four words: smooth and on it.

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peaty650

By his own standards Peaty's not had the best start to the season, but the season's still young and the big man is more than capable of the win.

addi
addi

Some bikes are quiet, some bikes aren't. This one is.

spank
spank

I overheard someone saying there had been 60 punctures on Friday, not to mention Slam Hill's massive stack. This has become a familiar sight over the last couple of days.

photos: Renners

billyphotogold1
billyphotogold1

Entering the wooded section is proving a bit of an art. This boy's got the full paint set.

billyphotogold2
billyphotogold2

Minnaar hitting the rocks faster than anyone else.

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billyphotogold7

Dan Atherton had a mechanical in his qualifying run but he was definitely giving it the beans in practice.

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billyphotogold8

Wallner looking pinned. I was a bit nervous about taking this...

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shaunOconnorphotogold

Thanks to Renners and Ben for holding an ankle each while I hung out of the Gondola.

photos: Jake Ireland