Practice - Windham DH World Cup 6

Aug 7, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  
 
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Early morning clouds hung to the top of the mountain but the sun burned through it by mid morning and the track ended up dry and fast.
  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
  JC stays dry under CRC plastic first thing and gets to work making last week's fastest, this week's fastest.

no tubes
  No tubes here, only a hell of a many wheels... Stan's No Tubes truck cargo.

Minnaar wrenching
  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.
  "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 close.
  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 before the riders arrive.
  Ben Arnott and Ely Woody get organized this morning in the Trek camp before the riders arrive.

Peat
  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.

Heath
  Harry Heath charges into the rock garden, full gas, on a high from 12th place in MSA.

Despite an infection in his elbow from Mont Sainte Anne Connor Fearon is moving along quickly and showing good form.
  Despite the elbow, Connor Fearon is moving along quickly and making some great shapes, with a convincing TT run today.

Ferreiro
  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.
  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.

Bren
  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.

Bray huck
  Brayton hucks the gap circa 60kph+... still not much chance of gassing to flat on this one.

Bray leg
  All that remains of the Cairns horror show... no flashbacks for the tough Cumbrian.

Rat
  Bryceland boosts Burger's Booter big.

Sven Martin and Rat Boy go over line choices and how best to shave a couple seconds.
  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.

cunn
  Junior World Champ 2007, Ruaridh Cunningham, looks seriously sharp and was out slamming the turns harder than most.

Blenk
  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.

Thiron
  Remi Thiron has a pretty compatible style with this course. The French shredder sure knows how to treat things mean.

Gwin chair
  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.

Aaron Gwin isn t showing his cards just yet but there are sections of this track that he is looking properly pinned on.
  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.

Other car
  And my other mountain bike is another mountain bike, etc etc..

Dean
  An on-from Dean Lucas hustling towards the rock garden in the middle woods.

Eddie Masters is a legend. Practice all day with an American flag on his helmet.
  When a man puts another man's flag in his helmet he makes a promise to his country. Eddy Mastering international relations.

Cole
  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...

Lift buds
  LBFL... Lift buddies for life. Troy Brosnan escorts the ladies to the short-lived safety of the mountain top.

Troy Brosnan had a nasty crash in timed training today. He will certainly be feeling sore in the morning but he s not out of it yet.
  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.

Troy
  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 rocks. If he can keep his steed beneath him this may be the weekend we see him on the podium again.
  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.

Tahn
  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
  Warner out for a stroll and finding some practice for a mountain bike race he has to commentate at the weekend. What luck.

Minnaar
  Minnaar hitting warp through the grassy runway 30 seconds from the finish line.

Wallace
  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.
  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
  Ragot has unfinished business here in Windham, no doubt about it, and it's going to be tough to stop here taking her revenge.

Windham whip
  Danny Hart loves a bit of TT. And a good whip. He is on the shortlist for win here too.

Danny Hart was fastest in timed training today and was also the only man to huck fully down Pucker Up.
  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.

Ath
  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. With a gash like that he should definitely get some chicks.
  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.


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46 Comments

  • + 54
 Windham is tame they said.
  • + 37
 Break out the Enduro bikes they said.
  • - 1
 Chant of gwindham hasn't been this silent before.
  • + 44
 Peaty FTW!!!
  • + 19
 by carefully inspecting the photos via their computer and mobile screens.
  • + 14
 It's not tame, but it's far from the toughest race of the year. Besides, considering its length, it's not as physical as other tracks. BUT, windham always bring epic race moments and one hell of a close race, so can't wait to see the action!
  • + 2
 I think peaty might just be there or there abouts. The course suits him and his age! Good luck big fella
  • + 0
 Yeah so brave man!! i hope he will not repeat the same mistake as 2k10
  • + 9
 Gwin and Shaw for the wins! Watch out for Zeregas pizza on rt23, the Catskills are known for many things. Pizza is not one of them.
  • - 1
 i will be wearing ed white and blue but cheering for hill peaty minar ratboy go figure !!
  • + 4
 Typical eastern US DH riding. Its not long, not super high elevation, but its fast, tacky, tightly wooded, roots everywhere, then rocks, rocks, and then some more rocks. Merica!
  • - 2
 It's short… (period).
  • + 1
 its so short its gonna get hot... anyone can win
  • + 1
 It may be short in length but it has Roots, ROCKs, and Steep terrain, to make up for it. Do not, by any means, let any camera footage fool you. You physically have be here in person to see what east has to offer.
  • + 1
 Oh come on, every track has the same problem on camera footage. This track sure has potential and is very exciting to watch, no doubt about that for sure, but it's far from being as physical as MSA or Fort Bill, or as technical as Andorra or Val di sole. The very exciting point is as Gwin said: the moment you start, you are wide open til the finish line, braking being for pussies
  • + 1
 Go on Danny Hart. Give us six winners in six races.
  • + 26
 FYI: Adam Brayton is from the Northern English county of Cumbria on the west coast of the UK, not Yorkshire and we measure toughness a little differently there too. Close, but no cigar...
  • + 3
 and he even has Hope coloured flip flops
  • + 3
 The Keswick Kestrel.
  • + 1
 Dammit, thanks it's corrected
  • + 10
 Awesome photos! So hard to say who will win, but I'd have to say it favors the riders that tend to be more explosive out of the gate. It's a short track, so there's absolutely no time to ease into your run. Can't wait to see it all go down!
  • + 10
 Blenky FTW!
  • + 7
 Aaron Gwin enjoys some alone time... and a scratch of his balls
  • + 7
 Gee for the win
  • + 6
 Those Masters kids sure are attention deprived
  • + 5
 i wanna see Macdonald take this one, just to really mess with the overall standings.
  • + 6
 That photo of Brook is awesome!
  • + 1
 After what I saw last week at MSA this is a damn coin toss. The top 10 riders from last week all have a shot. Heck Peat may be able to pull one last one out (top 5) as well. He is still big and strong and wont wear down on this short of a track. Since this year has been about spreading the wins around I would like to see Hart or Bruni get there 1st win.
  • + 1
 Think we'll see our 6th different winner at Windham, I'm going for Danny to take it, short track, won't lose time on pedally bits plus he's as good if not better than everyone else Just 'stay on your bike Danny'
  • + 4
 that scare is so badass!
  • + 3
 When times are this tight you know the racing is gonna be good.
  • + 4
 that scar..
  • + 2
 At least this course will have easier access and probably much more footage for us benchracers.
  • + 2
 still the same amount of footage (at least for live feed), just less that gets left out.
  • + 1
 Which means more track footage....
  • + 1
 My predictions this year were pretty good. For Windham: Hart for the Win. (- He's really due).
  • + 1
 I cheer for Gwin on the track but putting the bar down when you're on a lift by yourself is weird!
  • + 2
 Yeah Tahnee!!!!
  • + 1
 it's time for precision race
  • + 1
 GO BRUNI GO !!! could be good to win before Meribel !
  • - 2
 Good to see Troy doubling the game joining some ladies instead of being totally teen having those their breasts on a macro view on Hill`s parties .
  • + 8
 what?
  • + 1
 their* accomodation...
  • + 1
 fixed. cheers!
  • + 1
 How long till quals
  • + 1
 yeah!! come on Toni!!

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