Friday Practise at La Bresse, France.

"5" become "6" in this French extravaganza from the super talented eyes of world famous photographers Victor Lucas and Gary Perkin

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Aussie junior Shaun O'Connor drifts his Playbiker Ironhouse over a steep crest.

Victor Lucas

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

This is a prototype Hutchinson mud tyre. But to take a photo I had to promise not to say who's bike it was on!

Victor Lucas

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Mick Hannah running number 2 after his success in South Africa. Lets see how he does on this very different style of track.

Victor Lucas

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Duncan Riffle puts some gnar into the morning's events ... and for once he isn't being closely followed by team mate and brother from another mother Brad Benedict.

Gary Perkin

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

The tables are turned on Dirt TV ... now renamed GMTV after new host Greg Minnaar of Santa Cruz Syndicate ... the ever versatile Kathy Sessler shows another of her many talents! The parttime correspondent for Rabbit and Ferreters Monthly Billy Trailmix looks more like a deer in the headlights than the anchor role he is used to playing. (Editors note:just to reassure viewers, that extremely embarrassing video tape has been humanely destroyed.)

Gary Perkin

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Steve Peat of Santa Cruz Syndicate scopes out the latest line through the moors of Scotland ... not quite. The natural track in La Bresse has really thrown the cat among the pigeons with lines continuously changing ... but Old Skool as always leads the way.

Gary Perkin

photographs from Friday practise at La Bresse Mountain Bike World Cup downhill in France