After the first fifteen minutes of yesterday's track walk, it was safe to say we all just wanted practice to start. We couldn't wait to see our first glimpses of this track being thrashed by the big guns. We predicted a fair amount of bike carnage, and we have yet to be disappointed; it's eating wheels, breaking bars, and snapping brake levers. Speeds are going to be staggering, so getting it wrong on this track could mean the end of your race run. The track is burning in nicely, main lines are forming, and there is a plethora of lovely loose dust and jagged rocks. What may be the biggest letdown was not seeing Sam Hill on his bike today, all of us were pumped to see him destroy a track that seems built for him. The latest word is that Sam is out with an injury, and we will have more details as they follow. Gee Atherton was fastest in timed training and Aaron Gwin was hot on his heels. Some weather is forecast to roll in tomorrow, and if it does, this track will be an entirely different beast.