Wednesday in Pietermaritzburg (PMB from now on) was a hot slow day. The track was officially open for walking at 14.00, but with no uplift provided riders had to either walk up and down in the heat of the midday sun or catch a taxi to the top.

The pits were a quiet place to be, maybe a bit like a safari, riders were hiding in the cool shadows and hard to find.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia
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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia
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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Marc Beaumont is loving his carbon GT, I've got it all on film but basically it's not built from carbon for it's lightweight but more for it's ability to absorb the hits.It's an eerily silent ride too. Mick Hannah had a big off in the rocks last weekend with the bike landing hard on the sharp stuff. Not a mark on her.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

A hot and dusty day in pit row, PMB.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Sam Hill and Brendog in the cool of the pressroom having a Facebook workout.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

A few faces from the pits today.

marc beaumont and mick hannahs Carbon GT bikes at the world cup in Pietermaritzburg