World Champs is a bit of a unique one in comparison to the usual World Cup stops when it comes to scheduling and pre-race training. Today we had our third day of training which is not only taking a toll on the track but on bodies and bikes as well. It makes for a long week and it's a balance to take enough runs each day in the ever changing track but not so many that you become too fatigued before Sunday.
Another quirk unique to Worlds is that there's no timed training during the usual practice session on day one, and riders really never know where they stand in comparison to others. The whole thing seems a bit anticlimactic at the end of each day as no one really knows for sure who's going fast. Today however we finally got our first glimpse.
The Juniors got a proper seeding run that was dominated by a mix of the usual suspects as well as a dark horse from the Italian squad who came out on top in the Men's. For Elites there's no seeding at World Champs as riders will run in a reverse of their UCI ranking on race day, but they did get one full timed run today to mimic the usual qualifier we see at World Cups.
In the end, most of the predictions of who had been looking quick in practice were confirmed and one thing's for sure; we're going to have one epic World Championship finals tomorrow in Val di Sole.
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