After a much needed month away from World Cup competition for many racers, the traveling circus is back together once again in Lenzerheide. After weeks of rain in the Alps through most of June it was refreshing to arrive in Switzerland under sunny skies and mild temperatures. After a quick thunderstorm passed through Tuesday night, the forecast for the duration looks just perfect. As for the track, not much has changed from last year other than a few bermed turns right out of the gate and a wooden boardwalk in place of the massive off camber that previously led down to the rock garden. A few clever taping jobs now open some corners up extra wide, and close down others, and that is really all that is different on the surface of things. The biggest change, however, might just be the condition of the dirt that riders will be hammering on all weekend. This year ample rain has packed everything down firm and there seems to be a hardpacked and grippy line down the whole track. It might be a bit one line in spots but perhaps some sneaky inside lines will develop once riders brush the loose rocks off. This is a far cry from the blown out, loose and sketchy conditions racers faced last year so we expect to see times extra tight times this weekend as there really isn't any major challenge that is going to set people apart. In a word the track here is rather basic, but often times that makes for excellent racing and very high speeds, so we'll just have to wait and see how things progress. And who knows, if the sun stays out and the dust starts flying it might just get crazy once again.
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