The first day of practice got underway today in New Jersey for Mountain Creek's Spring National ProGRT. After a picture-perfect spring day yesterday for the track walk, today brought a mixed bag of weather, with both pro and amateur racers seeing equal doses of rain and sun during their practice sessions.
A strong showing of top US females made their way to Jersey for the weekend. Seen above Camila Nogeuira of Colorado and current ProGRT female points leader, Caroline Washam, wearing the red number 1, make their way through the upper sections of the track.
The rock garden in lower 99 is one of the trickier parts of the track. Aaron Gwin takes a moment to scope some lines while Tim Prices dials in the high line.
Despite the anxieties of what the rain might do to track conditions, the two words heard most around the pits today were "Fast" & "Fun". The stoke on this year's course was definitely high from amateurs to World Cup racers alike. The Mountain Creek Trail Crüe described this year's track as a "Greatest Hits" course taking some of the best elements from previous ProGRT and US Open race courses.
The Spring National continues tomorrow with seeding runs for the UCI Elite Pros, Domestic Pro/Open and Cat 1 Junior classes. The forecast is calling for full sun and more summer-like temperatures, which should see track conditions changing rapidly throughout the day as things dry out and set us up for some fast racing here in New Jersey.
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Words: Hugh Reynolds
Photos: Christoper Vanderyajt