Photographer Victor Lucas brings us the magnificent seven of the best from the first day of practise at Fort William.
I'm fairly sure that Jared Graves is the only male rider racing in both DH and 4X this weekend, and the rumour is that this will be his last year racing World Cup 4X. But he was still predictably smooth and fastest in the 4X qualifier today, just ahead of Michal Prokop
It must be a special feeling for Tracy Moseley to wear the World Champs jersey at her home track. And she has had both a busy and succesful season so far, winning the first round in South Africa as well as racing a Marathon, a XC world cup, and sprint eliminator races. What next, the Tour?!
Sabrina Jonnier will be determined for a good result this week, it's early in the season but every point counts.
It is so great to see Dan Atherton back racing and he is obviously enjoying himself here. Flat pedals, ripping it up through the endless rock garden that the Fort William track has become.
Sam Hill looked smooth and fast in practice. In his typically cagey style, he's keeping his cards well hidden and didn't do a timed run today. Its certain he doesn't want to repeat his crash here last year that put him out for the season. Can he bury those demons and show what he is capable of on this rough and flatout course.
This is the first World Cup in quite a while for Rachel Atherton and everybody is watching to see how she gets on. The positive atmosphere in the Atherton camp must be a big boost for both her and Dan.
Back in 2003, Cedric Gracia won here in Fort Bill. Closely followed by Pascal, Rennie, Minnaar and Hill. The track has changed a lot in that time, it's rougher and rocky-er now for sure. And Cedric was fastest in timed training today