Sorry we're a day behind the Belgians. Here's 5-a-day from the World Cup 4x in Houffalize by Victor Lucas.

2016-foes-mixer-trail-2
Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

For a change, there isn't a tree or a root in sight on the 4-cross course. Nice and open. But it's pretty short with Graves fastest qualifying time coming in at just under 46 seconds.

2016-foes-mixer-trail-2
Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

The 4X uplift track was as steep as the course. The pickups needed a running start to make it up - I love the smell of burning rubber early in the morning.

2016-foes-mixer-trail-2
Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Graves is looking strong and smooth. He's got to be the favourite for a second WC win this season.

2016-foes-mixer-trail-2
Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

With no WC DH this week, Gee Atherton is having a weekend off and racing 4X. He still managed to qualify 9th.

2016-foes-mixer-trail-2
Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Bicycles have always been popular in Belgium. This is an early DH racer from 'back in the day'

Words and Photos:Victor Lucas.

5-a-day Houffalize world cup 4x photos from Victor Lucas