Weather here in the northeastern corner of North America is subject to change. The old saying in the Maritimes goes, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. It will change." Today was no exception to the rule. As temperatures and humidity have been building, so too has the chance of a deluge. We woke up to sunny skies, which quickly clouded over in the first twenty minutes of B practice. It threatened to rain all morning, and it even spat a bit here and there, but by the time practice was over the skies looked to be clearing. Things were bright and sunny when the Junior Men and Elite Women were on track and then, bang! Rain came down in sheets as the Elite Men started off. The first out of the gate had the best shot. Clean lines in the rock gardens didn't last long and things got slick fast.
Jacob Dickson qualified fastest for the Junior Men. Both Andrew Crimmins and Laurie Greenland had crashes in their runs that cost them precious time. Greenland came off on the run in to the rock roller, and Crimmins by the bottom. Both lost at least four seconds. For the women, Rachel Atherton was fastest of the day, almost five seconds up on Ragot. Manon Carpenter took third.
The Elite Men's race was an entirely different beast. While the women and juniors had clear skies, the men were faced with twenty minutes of heavy rain that started just before they got under way. Without tear-offs and mud spikes, many of the racers were under prepared for their runs. The first dozen down the track probably had the best chance before lines disappeared, rocks became slippery with mud, and visibility became seriously impaired. Aaron Gwin tried to put the power down and snapped his crank set. Loic Bruni crashed hard and did his run accompanied by some course tape. Bernard Kerr also had an off on the motorway under the gondola. Troy Brosnan kept the balance of speed and control to take the win, followed by Danny Hart and Marcelo Gutierrez. With a slight chance of scattered thunderstorms forecast for tomorrow who knows what will happen. The weather is fickle here, and the only certainty is that the racing will be interesting.FULL QUALIFICATION RESULTS HERE
About the PhotographersDave Trumpore • Age: 35 • Years Shooting: 4
Dave spent the bulk of the past 17 years racing professionally before realizing that despite qualifying for the random World Cup final here and there, the next generation was just way too fast and way more talented. Upon hanging up his racing boots in 2010, it would be a few years until Dave picked up a camera and started shooting the odd race here and there as a way to stay in touch with all the friends he had made over the years, and the rest as they say is history. In just a few years time his photos have graced the pages of just about every MTB magazine and major media outlet, while his commercial client list includes a who's who of the cycling industry, and he is lucky enough to shoot regularly with some of the best riders on the planet. Currently at Pinkbike, Dave shoots the Downhill WC and the Enduro World Series as well as contributing to the occasional editorial story.
Matthew Delorme • Age: 40 • Years Shooting: 8
Matthew DeLorme is just one of Pinkbike’s motley crew of World Cup Photographers. He currently lives out of a Ogio bag, and calls the road his home. Delorme works for Trek Bicycle, covering their MTB racing programs. He can usually be found laying in the dirt trackside, cracking jokes and saying things that make little to no sense. He enjoys capturing accessory moments and the journey every bit as much as catching the action shot.
Nathan Hughes • Age: 28 • Years Shooting: 2
Nathan Hughes was snared as mainstay Pinbike media crew for the 2013 World Cup season and has been trapped behind the lens and the keyboard ever since. In between the biggest bike events of the year Nathan can be found on client shoots, making far-off travel stories and trying to catch a moment to spin the pedals himself. A great appreciation of the wilderness, the fear of a normal life and the quest for the perfect picture will have him hooked and looking to raise the bar for years to come.
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