Ralph Jones (Ed. Dirt Magazines very own “Wreckin Ball” team rider) threading the needle of the gnarliest rock garden on the world cup circuit. This place is a bike breaker and a bone crusher, it eats rims for breakfast, dishes out pinch flats for dinner and serves up compound fractures for tea. Every run is a roll of the dice.
Rob Warner happily at work, with his lovely assistant Anneke Beerten who stepped in as guest commentator for the women’s DH race today.
Robs refreshment of choice is the local Konig Beer – good value at 70c a bottle while Anneke sticks to the still water.
Sabrina Jonnier showed her experience with a steady run, although she says it was a bad run at least she stayed upright. And it was just enough for her to stay ahead of Emmeline Ragot. 0.31sec has got to be the closest women’s margin in quite a while.
Fabien Barel surprised everyone today, including himself. Its only a couple of months since he went down with a horrific knee injury that would have had other riders out for the season. He said he didn’t really think he could do it today, but with a mix of absolute determination, guts, skill and a little luck – he put in the winning time. An extraordinary feat.
Steve Peat riding it out with a rear flat in his race run. The same bad luck as last year for Peaty put him down in 38th place, which puts him in 2nd spot overall behind Greg Minnaar.