Photos: Seb Schiek

Contrast is the word of the day here in Leogang. It's only been four days since we packed up in Fort William but it couldn't be more different here. Firstly the weather - from sun drenched Scotland to just plain drenched Austria, if we'd been asked to make a prediction, that would have been the opposite of what we expected - and the rain shows no sign of stopping over the weekend. Secondly the courses - long vs short, natural vs man made, a riders' favourite vs a constant source of controversy.

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WC_Leogang_2016_14_9774

The Leogang course itself is a contradiction - one third bike park, one third fresh cut and the rest of it just baffling. There have been changes made but there's a prevailing feeling that they are only for change's sake - in fact the UCI have already had to put in some modifications following team feedback. Here's the best action from the trackwalk:

World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
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WC_Leogang_2016_82A9898
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WC_Leogang_2016_82A9941
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
The family of the moment - Rach hunting for records and Gee keen to atone for Fort William disappointment
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WC_Leogang_2016_14_0183
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WC_Leogang_2016_82A0104
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
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WC_Leogang_2016_14_0266
... but unlike Fort William, it's very much man made
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
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WC_Leogang_2016_14_0154
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
Good luck tyres
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WC_Leogang_2016_14_0197
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WC_Leogang_2016_82A0141
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WC_Leogang_2016_14_0235
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
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WC_Leogang_2016_14_9761
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
World Cup #4 Leogang 2016
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WC_Leogang_2016_14_0349