Is it still a bike park? Lenzerheide is biting back this year. Dust blown out, rocks weathered into jagged teeth and each corner littered with holes and loose gravel. This is no easy ride.

Photos: Seb Schieck

Brook was one of many getting bucked by the rockery
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There were plenty of spills yesterday, most prominently in the top rock garden that's more like a shark's mouth than a mountain bike course feature, in truth, we're not sure anyone's found the perfect line through it yet.

Sylvain Cougoureux finding himself pointing the wrong way in the rock garden, he did well to muscle this back round.
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After that you're into the usual Lenzerheide riddle, where's the grip? With big holes contrasted with marbly dirt, both suspension set up and tyre choice are a bit of an enigma at the moment. Troy Brosnan and Tracey Hannah made the most of it yesterday but today will provide the real test of who has conquered this tricksy track.

Vallnord's winner, Myriam Nicole, has kept it quiet so far but make no mistake, she'll be hoping to leap-frog Hannah in the virtual overall this afternoon
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World Cup #5 Lenzerheide 2017
World Cup #5 Lenzerheide 2017
Exiting the berm straight into a speed tuck, Troy Brosnan on his way to fastest time of the day
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Kaos Seagrave gets our vote for the most sideways today
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Matt Walker gets high. With not much to separate riders on this shot track, you have to use every inch of it.
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It's not often you get a shot of Gwin looking pineed in practice as he goes about it so methodically, but it's pretty hard to slow down here in Lenzerheide
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Jack Moir was gapping over this brow that most were rolling over, he's looking rapid here on the 29er Intense
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Manon Carepenter had a few scares in a loose day up on track today but she'll be hoping to lay down a smooth one in qualies
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Finn laid down another strong marker yesterday. How much is left in the tank for him and the rest of the field?
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Finn Iles on line as Walker looks on
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Straight over the top seems to be safest for now for Vergier but nobody has found a comfortable line through the rocks garden yet
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Tracey Hannah slashes through the Alpine meadows, you can't deny the prettiness of this course
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The focus of a champ.
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