I awoke this morning at 6am to this.. check the moon in the background... what do they say about red sky in the morning?
The weather was touch and go this morning - I call this one gondola's in the mist.
Too bad the track here in Norway doesn't really have any views that include riders. Plenty of views that don't on the 20 minute walk to the start line though.
Phunkt didn't get that memo though and tried to find something...
The track is very rough and physical. Timed training was today, but only three riders did three timed runs. Matt Simmonds was one of them and stopped the clock at 3:47:608, second fastest time of the day.
Peaty was another of them that rode the whole track, and was fastest in timed practice by 1 second. Without a doubt the fastest in the rock garden. Outside bet? I wouldn't rule him out just yet
Aaron Gwin on his new black and chrome bike, check out more photos of it here here. Aaron has already won the overall, regardless of how he places here.
It seems he liked the new steed, but he did have a big off in the rock garden today... ouch!
Morgane Charre is the new women's World Champion, but she didn't want to show us her new jersey today.
Greg Minnaar was also hiding the new "stripes".
Gee looking fast as usual. We've not seen him in the orange kit for sooooooo long, why? It's so much better for photos than the black one...
Josh Bryceland had his first POD the other week, and he's hungry for more.... everyone loves the Ratboy!
All the marshal's seem to be blonde... just saying
First rock garden has started to bed in and there are plenty of lines starting to show up.
Mitch Delfs in his Giant banana suit on the upper jumps. Today was huck extravaganza 2012.
Brendan Fairclough is back! It was good to see him doing laps with his old team mate Sam Hill.
Blenki wore gloves in France as well, but this time it's because of the temperatures, not the UCI commissaires.
Andrew Neethling, back in blue and white kit.
Bernard Kerr is always ready to entertain!
Isak Leivsson, the local's favorite!
This was kind of the story of the day - just read it and think well yeah or nae - I don't want to get involved in the politics too much
But check the riders with blue armbands, loads of them out supporting on the track.....awkward UCI awkward
Rachael was fastest in timed practice by over 7 seconds, it looks like her back is feeling a bit better. Motoing like a guy and wearing that blue armband in support of the cause.
The Scott11 pits getting ready for Saturday nights piss-up, disco glitter ball all ready to boogie!
Missing Danny Hart here, but Scotty Mears shares the style awards
Ben Reid looking very loose all day in the best kit on the hill.
Some riders went around this rock in the second woods, but the fast line was directly over the biggest rock and the roots behind it. Gee demonstrates.
Mick Hannah was sending it all day. This berm to step down gets bigger and bigger the faster you go. Mick has his eye on the prize here this week.
Eliot Jackson cruised into the step down and pulled up hard on his very first run on this track. No big deal. He was smooth as silk into the landing.
This is what happens when you don't make it and come up about 3 feet short on the mega step down huck. One Deemax down.
The entry to the biggest rock garden isn't even the hardest part...
Sam Hill and Brook Macdonald discuss line options into the rocks. Riders were all over the place (whether on purpose or not) and it paid to hang out a bit and see what was working best.
The exit to the rocks wasn't exactly a cake walk either. People were getting launched into the trees off of the few greasy roots that littered this section.
Beaumont shows everyone how it's done. Pin it and go straight. Easy.
This guy didn't pay enough attention in Mr. Beaumont's classes.
High speeds are all over the show on this track. Even the easiest bits are balls to the wall.
Steve Smith slides his way through the grass off camber corners at the bottom of the track. Old school style.
The last rock garden has a super fast entrance. You can actually boost your way into it if you have the right line.
Grip it and rip it - right into the rocks.
Bryn in fun mood today, despite an iffy corner in the woods.