The boys from CRC Nukeproof arrived in Windham after a pretty mixed set of results in Mont Saint Anne last week. We took a flying visit to New York to do some sightseeing and are now in full race mode after traveling a few hours north to Windham.
The biggest disappointment was that Matti Lehikoinen had crashed during last week and sustained a shoulder injury that has put him out for a few weeks. Matti has had the worst luck with injury but the team can't wait to get him back!
Matti straight after his crash in Mont St Anne
The track in Windham has a pretty old school vibe to it, with technical sections in the trees separated by fast long turns out on the ski piste. Its certainly faster than ever this year as well which is going to make for some close times and great racing.
The boys on one of the fast grassy turns during the track walk
Al Bond took a run down the course with the Go Pro on his chest. As soon as you strap a camera to Al he just pins it, and also crashes! Often helmet cam footage doesn't always show the speed of the track but this one certainly does... Check out how pinned Al is!
Matt Simmonds and Joe Smith are both on form right now. Both are sitting inside the top 20 overall in the series and reinforced that with top 25 qualifying times here in Windham.
Matt Simmonds roosting a dusty turn!
Joe Smith during practice yesterday
As ever the team mechanics Carl and Brooks are keeping the bikes dialed in. Carl took some time out yesterday to show you guys how he fits a new set of the team's Schwalbe tyres to the Mavic tubeless rims.