Let's face it. We've all sort of taken the piss out of Leogang these last few years. The track has long been considered to "bike park," and aside from the amazing backdrop has never been a favourite of riders or the press. Things like #notschladming
are frequently used in social media to describe the general dislike of the track. This year, there were some changes made, and while it still might not be Schladming, it has the riders on their toes. Watching them struggle to come to terms with the new woods section, the comment was made, "with all these sh*t tracks these days, have they forgotten how to ride roots?"
Aaron Gwin came out and smashed it in qualis today. Connor Fearon and Remi Thirion both had banger runs as well. Rachel Atherton dominated the women's field. Manon Carpenter didn't have the run she was hoping for, but is confident about tomorrow. Loic Bruni was fastest at split one and second fastest at split two. If he can hold it together tomorrow, he could edge out Gwin. Bernard Kerr finished tenth, including a crash in the woods that sent him into the pain cave with some top tube riding action. Connor Fearon took second place on flat pedals. Mike Jones slid out at the bottom of the rock garden, but could still be a contender tomorrow. Brendan Fairclough was inside the top ten. So now the big question is, who has what it takes to master what is now a proper track here in Leogang tomorrow?
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