Man, oh man, have Pierre-Edouard Ferry and the build crew had it rough out here in Les Gets. During the more than 4 weeks allotted for the Crankworx construction project, a total of just four days were dry. The rest? Rain of course and there's no such thing as a light sprinkling in these parts. Needless to say that in these kinds of conditions everything moves 10 times slower and so it was no surprise yesterday to see the important final touches still being made to a completely fresh course while riders queued at the top ready to go. Conditions were then understandably extremely soft and it was even a struggle for some of the finest jumpers in the world to clear the first jump. Giant ruts flared up and were smashed back down by the dig crews between riders in an effort to stay on top of the putty-like dirt.
For this Crankworx event, the women's field will compete in a purely dual slalom race, while the men will stay with Rotorua's classic speed and style format, where time deductions are awarded for airtime tricks. As the rain comes down in nothing short of torrential fashion today and all events are put on hold, we can only hope and pray the tarps can again come off tomorrow and we get to see more single crown action from our favourite bike riders for the rest of the weekend.