The track was marked out today and pretty much resembles these photos. The only difference is that they've added some fast grassy sections here and there.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

A couple of sheets of 18mm plywood and a bit of 2*4, some screws and you've got one UCI start hut.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

The numbers have been written on the start hut so the likes of Hill and Minnaar can remember they are dropping 600m over 2.2km

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

A few grassy off camber turns like these have been sprinkled on the track.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

I've been checking out the wildlife and everything from rabbits to cows come in multiple colours.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Beware the "Moss Monster" ('cos he'll be trying to knock you off your bike with his pointy stick.)

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Schladmingers don't have sheds, they simple nail their garden tools to the side of the house. I watched as two locals actually nailed a flymo on the gable end yesterday.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

There's a thriving rock scene in the town, these two are the Whites Stripes of Schladming. (Last night the one with out the beard rammed his tuba into his Marshal stack during a Hendrix cover. Catch them if you can.)

Schladming WC Tuesday