Saturday brings some odd scheduling with the XC taking place and the downhill riders only getting a short practice, enough for just two runs down the hill. Maybe a little frustrating when the riders just want to get the laps in but either way everyone is getting quicker. Jump in and find out what went down yesterday.
Rachel Atherton's mechanic Joe with an early rise this morning. 6AM start for most of the team with Women's practice kicking off at 7am.
Practice this morning sure did come and go quickly and we were soon into timed runs. It's odd to see the UCI structure such a different schedule when the World Cups worked so well. Pangur catching some g’s in the corners up top.
For most riders the transition from Junior to Elite is normally a big step, but for Tahnee Seagrave it has been quite the natural progression. Winning the Junior Worlds last year she stormed onto the scene and is looking at a top result this year also. 4th in her timed run this morning.
Jill Kintner doing herself proud as she pulled together a top 5. Jill has missed out on a few top spots this season but she could be lining herself for one this weekend. A considerable time back in her timed run means she will have to step up her game.
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Neil Stewart managing to pull some style out of no where as he comes flat out off the open section and into the bottom woods. A conservative seed yesterday should set him up for a good pressure free run tomorrow. I caught up with him after his day. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/6_audio.mp3"]"
Top Brit rider from yesterday's seeding, Taylor will be only aiming for the number one. It would put one huge end to what has been a roller coaster couple of years in Juniors.
Brook Mac and Nico Mulally out on practice this morning. Different lines through the rock garden in the top which showed up in their split times as Nico inches ahead. The lines on this track aren't too vital, it's how you link the sections together that really win you time. 12th and 8th respectively for these boys today.
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I caught up with Marcello down in the pits as he reflects on his 20th place timed run today. He has the ability to put down a fast time here which he proved last year with an 8th. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/9_audio.mp3"]"
The confidence boost off of Meribel put Manon in a good place this week. Timed run going to plan but a little back on time she ended up in 2nd behind Rachel. Knowing she has a bit of work to do tomorrow but feeling positive and ready to race. I caught up with here after her run today. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/10_audio_01.mp3"]"
First race back from her hand injury and Myriam Nicole lays down a 3rd place timed run. A big accomplishment for her and great for her to know that she can take time off the bike, come back and still put down a top run. She is hunting for the win tomorrow, only 3.9secs back!
The man Steve Peat coming into his 22nd year on the GB team. With plenty of near misses at Worlds but topping it in 2009 as he won his first rainbow stripes Peaty has been through all the highs and lows. Still proud to be racing for his country he charges into racing tomorrow with a 17th timed run today.
Emmeline Ragot's day really didn't go to plan. After looking good in practice she went guns blazing into her timed run. Coming into the top technical section she had a big over the bars landing right on her wrist. Off to the hospital she found out that it was broken, putting an end to her 2014 Worlds...and rumour has it maybe her DH career?
Troy Brosnan up in the top 5 in todays runs, with a 2.2 gap between him and glory. Enjoying the track but not with a great record here, he only managed a 10th last year.
Bernardo Cruz kicking up the dust into the rocks as he rides down for Brazil. 34th for his today but at least he was looking stylish on track. The weather has stayed consistently good the last few days and looking like it's going to hold for finals. The last thing this track needs is a down pour.
Loose as goose Martin Maes drifting corners and roosting rocks. His appearance over from Enduro has left him a little out of practice on the DH bike. Pushing a bit too hard in corners and forcing it a little, he will have to have faultless run when it comes to finals.
Trek always seem to have a rider that manages to excel at each venue. George Brannigan is Norway's man, picking up a 4th timed run today. He had similar success last year when he qualified 3rd here at the World Cup.
Loic Bruni rounds out the top 10 in timed runs today. An almost 4 second gap between him and 1st place will make him put the hammer down comes Sunday's finals. The times weren't as tight as recent races have seen.
Eyes maybe not much on the prize in practice today as Gee stares down the crash barrier on the right side of the track. After getting in a cheeky 2nd attempt at the hop line through these rocks he smoked right into it stopping him dead. Not so many of these issues when it came to his timed run though as he picked up 3rd place.
Opting to not head up for a practice run this morning, Aaron Gwin stayed in bed for an hour for some beauty sleep, then keeping it conservative in his timed run he was back in 24th. Another rider that isn't showing what he has for finals.
Tucked in, knees in and pinned on track today. Danny Hart slotted himself in just behind Greg in 2nd place. Danny went well her in 2013 and will be looking to make a repeat showing on the boxes here.
Rachel Atherton put it down for the Women today as she sat high in the timed runs. First for Rachel with a comfortable gap of 3.7seconds. Looking like she could be back up to the speed she was looking like last year, she will go into racing with the thought of holding tightly onto those stripes.
Remi Thirion once again puts down a solid pre-race time. 7th and only 2.7secs back he just needs to now bring it through to his race run tomorrow.
Second race back from his big injury and Sik Mik still puts down an impressive display of skills this week. Although back in 23rd in his timed run, he will be shrugging off the shoulder pains and looking to improve.
Two and half seconds back in his timed run, Sam Hill fell back to 6th, but not letting the pressures of timed runs get to him, he came down almost cruising. Sat down in the open section and not really giving it 110%. Putting on his best poker face he hides his hand and expects to make fireworks tomorrow!
Josh had a bit of a mare of a run today with a couple of wobbles in the top section and generally a bit off line. Maybe the pressure is pushing down on him a little much, or just some pre-race jitters. 9th timed run today!
The long afternoon gives the mechanics some serious time to spend putting the final touches on the rider's bikes. Perfection isn't good enough for most of these guys that work tirelessly day after day of bikes.
The current World Champion setting him self up nicely to protect his stripes. An honourable ride from Greg Minaar put him into the 1st place timed run. Some people argue that the timed runs don't mean much but when Greg comes out and tops the crowds you know he means business. 0.8 up on Danny, if conditions stay like this he could see himself walk away with another set of stripes to his name!
Spotless and prepped up for the last big push of the season. Danny will be pushing for glory tomorrow and he knows in himself that he has what it takes.
Colour co-ordinated allen keys for easy identification. Swiss made tools, only the best for World Cup mechanics.
Loris Vergier's custom touches to his Lapierre off the back of his World Cup overall win last week.
Matt Simmonds feeling a little bit more patriotic with this custom painted Lazer lid. Red, white and blue always makes you go faster.
Why watch the XC standing on your feet in the hustle and bustle trackside when you can watch it from a deck chair in the sun at the Specialized pits.
Greg Minaar chasing rainbows back in 2012 with this old faded poster, but the reality couldn't be anymore faded as Greg looks set to fight for another set of stripes this weekend.
He managed it last year on home soil on his 26inch ride, but coming in this year on his new larger than life V10, Greg and all the Syndicate riders will be looking hopeful for an array of good results.
The short day today gives everyone plenty of time to rest up and look onward at tomorrows racing. Another early start see us out on track with women's practice from 7am and going into racing at 11am. Sure is to be an action packed day so make sure you tune in to catch up on what will be another memorable World Championships!
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Laurence has delivered another cracking gallery from the Worlds in Norway. The riders were out to put some times down and dial their lines in ready for racing today.
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