Early morning clouds hung at the mountain top, but the sun would burn through before lunch and the track ended up dry and fast.
JC stays dry under CRC plastic first thing and gets to work making last week's fastest, this week's fastest.
No tubes here, only a hell of a many wheels... Stan's No Tubes truck cargo.
Greg Minnaar getting the bars just right before first ride. Greg's wrist is still strapped up tight, but starting to feel back to normal.
"Women and Weapons" head to the top for the first runs of the day... Group B practice for the politically correct.
It all starts here. Gee Atherton had the fastest timed training run today, making the trip from here to the bottom in 2:29.06. Race times will be closer than close.
Ben Arnott and Ely Woody get organized this morning in the Trek camp before the riders arrive.
Steve Peat was rolling through all day like a freight train, hooting and hollering along with Ratboy. He took 2nd place here in 2011 and the short, sweet flavor of this track could tee him up for another top result.
Harry Heath charges into the rock garden, full gas, on a high from 12th place in MSA.
Despite the elbow, Connor Fearon is moving along quickly and making some great shapes, with a convincing TT run today.
Spanish champion, Toni Ferreiro. was blitzing the woods all day with his aggressive style.
Bren Dog doing a little root boosting up top. Twenty first in timed training, and looking good everywhere on track with more speed wheelies than you can shake a stick at.
Pure chilling and no guilt for Bren as he lets mechanic Ben take care of one well-abused bike after TT. Both are slightly afraid to go home as their accommodation is almost certainly haunted, apparently.
Brayton hucks the gap circa 60kph+... still not much chance of gassing to flat on this one.
All that remains of the Cairns horror show... no flashbacks for the tough Cumbrian.
Bryceland boosts Burger's Booter big.
Rat Boy having a chat on his fun day doing headcams in the woods with Peaty and how best to shave a couple seconds from TT.
Junior World Champ 2007, Ruaridh Cunningham, looks seriously sharp and was out slamming the turns harder than most.
Blenkinsop continues to ride like a demon, loose and aggressive as you like. He seems to have an air of confidence of the old days and wasn't afraid to slam his Lapierre through the speed trap at over 67kph this afternoon.
Remi Thiron has a pretty compatible style with this course. The French shredder sure knows how to treat things mean.
Strange to have a race with a chair instead of a gondola or shuttle at long last. Aaron Gwin enjoys some alone time on the way up.
Gwin isn't showing his cards just yet as per usual, but there are sections of this track that he is looking properly pinned on.
And my other mountain bike is another mountain bike, etc etc..
An on-from Dean Lucas hustling towards the rock garden in the middle woods.
When a man puts another man's flag in his helmet he makes a promise to his country. Eddy Mastering international relations.
Cam Cole getting a feel for a track he already has a good feel for. Still there's always room for improvement in a big pile of mess like this...
LBFL... Lift buddies for life. Troy Brosnan escorts the ladies to the short-lived safety of the mountain top.
Brosnan was going hard in TT until he came fully unstuck at the end of the rock garden. He may be feeling a tad sore in the morning, but stoked to walk away mostly unscathed.
A shaken, but un-stirred Troy goes back in search of the boulders that wronged him.
Brook MacDonald has been showing his old form lately, getting loose and smashing through things... like rocks. If he can keep his steed beneath him, this may be the weekend we see him on the podium again.
Tahnee looks well at home here in America. She'll have to go hard on Saturday to take down the biggest names, but we're already getting used to having her on the podium.
Warner out for a stroll and finding some practice for a mountain bike race he has to commentate at the weekend. What luck.
Minnaar hitting warp through the grassy runway 30 seconds from the finish line.
Mark Wallace came home 23rd on the home-soil of MSA. Here's hoping he can keep the clock at bay here in the US too.
Emmeline Ragot was looking fast on track all day, and had the best timed training run. She was so close to winning here two years ago until she crashed coming over the finish line jump...
Ragot has unfinished business here in Windham, no doubt about it, and it's going to be tough to stop here taking her revenge.
Danny Hart loves a bit of TT. And a good whip. He is on the shortlist for win here too.
Hart was second fastest in timed training today; the only man to fully huck down Pucker Up. And yep, it's all the more burly in the flesh.
It appears the Gee-man may be back and he seems to be getting all sentimental about his win here in 2010. Today a mere 4 seconds behind Atherton left you outside the top 20... How's that for an intimidating statistic racers?
Trek videographer, Vittorio Platania, found some slick rocks that had a bit of bite off track today. A wound like that will surely get some sympathy with the ladies... Guess he'd have to ask Brayton about that.