Losinj is a brute, there’s no two ways about it. The sharp spiky rocks are eager to push riders off line and catch a stray wheel. Pure precision will get you down here fastest and that level of commitment is putting genuine fear into some riders.
The Southern Hemisphere boys are loving this track, probably through a combination of more race practice and familiar conditions. Half of the top ten in timed training is made up of Australasians.
Bulldog and Blenki are clearly gambling the hardest as they sit pretty at the top of the standings. As far as Brits go, Danny Hart is top of the pack in fifth.
As for the women, a fully fit and firing Rachel Atherton is top of the pack. A sign of the season to come?
Check out the practice gallery below:
A tough job for the B practice mob in the morning as they cut in lines and cleared the slippery gravel of the top section
Blenki was looking super stylish up on the hill and it translated into speed. Second fastest on the day
When it's fast and rough with a decent pedal at the finish, never discount this man
We reckon Lauire was one of the fastest up there today after his win in Maribor, clearly he took it easy in timed training.
Smooth and fast but with plenty of line scoping for Gwin. Expect him to spring out of the blocks in qualies with a scorcher
This is the first time we've seen Vali ride in the flesh... believe the hype
That's how you start a season! The BUlldog marking his territory with a 1.5 second lead in timed training
Fresh new kit from Vergier as he hops over the wall into the boulder fields
Brosnan was rocking the Aussie Champs sleeve that he'd wrestled off Fearon just a few weeks ago. This dusty track isn't too disimlar to Bright, where he won it, either.
The classic Friday Gwin shot
The boy just looks good everywhere
Imperious and composed as always, Minnaar took no time at all to look comfortable
Business as usual for the consummate Atherton. SHe takes a formidable 12 second command of timed training