The clouds have been looming. Rain has been sporadic the past couple of days but never any real big deal. In fact the soil had remained relatively dry despite Mother Nature's sprinklings. But the forecast was threatening a cold front with heavy rain, possibly snow. The end of summer. Or so it feels. Thunderstorms moved in during the wee hours of the morning and a thorough soaking commenced. Juniors and women were greeted with a greasy track this morning. Then the rains let up and the dirt started to come good. Excellent even. Just as the elite men were getting into their groove and getting up to speed, mother nature threw a wrench in the works. Heavy rains, large hail. Things became slick, especially the wooden features. An hour and a half before the end of practice a red flag was issued on course as a rider had a bad crash on one of the bridges on the lower half of the track. The helicopter was called in and the rider was air lifted out. With that the day was all but done. Five riders took a run in those last few minutes of practice. Of note on the day, Remi Thirion and Brook MacDonald were charging hard. Loic Bruni took a pretty big spill but is ok and was riding around the pits all smiles. The Syndicate had a party in the pits. With a better forecast on tap for tomorrow look for things to pick back up and riders to start to show what they have in store for us.
About the PhotographersMatthew Delorme • Age: 40 • Years Shooting: 8 Matthew DeLorme is just one of Pinkbike’s motley crew of World Cup Photographers. He currently lives out of a Ogio bag, and calls the road his home. Delorme works for Trek Bicycle, covering their MTB racing programs. He can usually be found laying in the dirt trackside, cracking jokes and saying things that make little to no sense. He enjoys capturing accessory moments and the journey every bit as much as catching the action shot.
Dave Trumpore • Age: 35 • Years Shooting: 4 Dave spent the bulk of the past 17 years racing professionally before realizing that despite qualifying for the random World Cup final here and there, the next generation was just way too fast and way more talented. Upon hanging up his racing boots in 2010, it would be a few years until Dave picked up a camera and started shooting the odd race here and there as a way to stay in touch with all the friends he had made over the years, and the rest as they say is history. In just a few years time his photos have graced the pages of just about every MTB magazine and major media outlet, while his commercial client list includes a who's who of the cycling industry, and he is lucky enough to shoot regularly with some of the best riders on the planet. Currently at Pinkbike, Dave shoots the Downhill WC and the Enduro World Series as well as contributing to the occasional editorial story. Nathan Hughes • Age: 28 • Years Shooting: 2 Nathan Hughes was snared as mainstay Pinbike media crew for the 2013 World Cup season and has been trapped behind the lens and the keyboard ever since. In between the biggest bike events of the year Nathan can be found on client shoots, making far-off travel stories and trying to catch a moment to spin the pedals himself. A great appreciation of the wilderness, the fear of a normal life and the quest for the perfect picture will have him hooked and looking to raise the bar for years to come.