There was carnage in the 4X today and some big-time dendrophillia (love of trees) going on in the downhill. Victor Lucas was there to capture the action, fresh from Vallnord, Andorra.
Jared Graves had everybody out of the gate and threw it sideways into the the shaley first turn, but there was a big gap on the inside with Roger Rinderknecht and Joost Wichmann not needing a second invitation to take the lead. Wichmann made his move in the last straight and took the trophy.
The womens 4X final was a bit of a destruction derby. Jill Kintner made a pass on Jana Horakova in the first turn, only to be taken out in the second. That left the gate wide open for Anneke Beerten and Fionn Griffiths to cruise through. Griffiths won.
It was pretty amazing to have a 4X that wasn't run in the dark under suspect artificial lighting, and the weather was pretty nice too.
The DH course may seem straightforward with no major features, but there are plenty of places to make mistakes when running flat out through the forest. Both Sabrina Jonnier and Tracy Moseley had problems that cost them time in their qualifying runs, Sabrina made it out of the woods first by a couple of seconds.
Dan Stanbridge is such a nice guy he stops every now and then to hug a tree that takes his fancy. And there are a lot of trees on this course. All the same he managed a healthy 22nd place. Go Greenpeace.victors-5-a-day