When your commute to work starts like this, you know you are in for an adventurous day.
The Ibis boys head into town for game day part one.
Each rider has their own routine as race time gets near - whether it is some solitary reflection or watching the GoPro footage with your mates one more time.
Sadly, Andreane Nadeau will be sitting out these first two rounds after breaking a bone in her hand on Thursday.
Martin Maes gets a pre race massage to help limber up the body after two hard days of training.
The reigning champ's ride ready to shred the dust in Corral.
Justin Leov found a nice surprise in his bag this morning - a note from his family.
Favourite in the women's race, Cecile Ravanel takes to the stage for her departure.
Anita Gehrig looked on fine form on stage two this afternoon and sits in an impressive fifth this evening.
19 year Martin Maes seems to be riding a bit more steady this year, tempering his usual full aggression and it seems to be working out. Second place and 8 seconds behind Richie Rude.
Anneke Beerten was looking fast all day, just holding off Isabeau Courdurier to hold onto second this evening.
Jesse Melamed had a rough one on stage 3, taking out the timing after getting loose on the finishline step down.
After stage one riders passed back through the pits with just enough to time to stop for a second, grab a bite to eat and, if you are lucky enough to have someone as talented as Canyon's Larry working on your bike, hand it over for a quick tune up.
Ines Thoma did not log in her timing chip at the end of the day so we will not have an official placing for her until tomorrow morning. We are told she will not receive any penalty for the mistake.
How hot and dusty was it today... This hot and dusty.
He may have turned 40 earlier this year, but the ten-time world champion, Nico Vouilloz is showing no signs of slowing down.
Newcomer to the Rocly Mountain team, Seb Claquin, is sitting in control of the junior field this evening with two stage wins to his name today.
Francois Bailly-Maitre was on the ragged edge today and a ninth this evening is a solid start this year.
Katy Winton was looking fast all day aboard her new Trek and the new team is clearly paying off as she found herself within 6 seconds of the top five today.
Rae Morrison is right on the pace she rounded out 2015 with and is sitting in 4th after day one.
Isabeau Courdurier has started her 2016 season on stronger form than she did in 2015, holding third this evening and pushing Anneke hard for the second spot, just 0.7 behind as things stand.
Jared Graves had a rough start to the day blowing through the tape on stage 1, but would rally back with two top fives in later in the day and is sitting 8th overall after day one.
With the way ahead of her clear in the women's field, Cecile Ravanel was racing today was laser focus one goal: the world championship title. A 24 second gap is not a bad start in that hunt.
Yoann Barelli was on stunning form on stage one today, even if Jerome Clementz pipped him to the post for the win on the first stage.
Nico Vouilloz pinned as always and sitting nicely in 3rd, 10 seconds off the lead.
Cornering and carrying speed are Richie Rude's specialties and he made sure to exploit them here today in Corral. Two stage wins mean the defending champ goes into day two with an 8 second lead.
Rainbow stripes seem to follow Richie Rude wherever he goes these days.
10th place and a Happy 30th Birthday for Josh Carlson.
This evening it was back onto the boats once more, giving the riders chance to reflect on what happened today.