Photographer Victor Lucas lines up ten of the best from Friday at Mont Sainte Anne. Bangers!
Two strays turned up yesterday at the Syndicate pits, and being the caring father figure that he is, Peaty was glad to see them in one piece. After the World Cup Final in NY, Josh and Sam went on an adventurous few days in Manhattan, seeing the tourist sights and all that, although the details seem to be decidedly hazy. At one point they were going to buy a car and drive from NYC to Mont St Anne, but then realised that without any sort of paperwork or insurance they might have some bother at the border. I tried to get an audio clip for this shot, but the two lads were not really that coherent at 11am.
With one day of practice left, Ricky Bobby starts to make the final tweaks to Peaty’s V10. Some he would talk about, other things he wouldn’t give away... [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Rik.mp3|titles=Rik]
Sam Hill's custom painted D3 arrived last night. Not sure if this is his new girlfriend in the artwork, but she certainly is a thing of beauty.
Of course the 4X was not the only big event today, there was also the inaugural 'Legends Race' to celebrate 20 years of racing in Mont St Anne. Plenty of old and not-so-old ex-racers turned up to put in a few laps on the short XC track. Prize for most fashionable entry must go to Kathy Sessler. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Kathy.mp3|titles=Kathy]
Another highlight of the Legends was HB himself on his original 1993 Miyata DH race bike. Yes, you read that right, this was a DOWNHILL race bike. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Hb-bike.mp3|titles=Hb bike]
Myles Rockwell was on a mission to destroy all the other legends, looks like he has been doing plenty of riding since we saw him on the World Cup circuit. Winner by a country mile, but who's counting... [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Myles.mp3|titles=Myles]
The 4X race was at 9pm, and it has to be said it was fairly damn dark. In fact its amazing the riders could actually hold things together with all the shadows and camera flashes everywhere. The biggest surprise was that Jared Graves didn't manage to hold off the competition all the way to the line.
Tomas Slavik is without doubt the man of the moment. He made a good pass on Graves in the final and took it all the way home.
Although she didn't get a medal, star of the 4X show was no doubt Brazilian racer Luana Maria de Souza Oliviera who raced her Kona DH bike. She was smoking everyone through the rocks and clearing the big doubles on that heavy rig, good for her.
Caroline Buchanan does it again. Slipping through the cracks and staying out of trouble to hang onto her rainbow stripes for another year.
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Look out for the audio player on the HB, Rockwell, Sessler and Ricky Bobby photos.