The DH track here in Val di Sole is one of legendary status, and rightfully so. It's a masterpiece that makes excellent use of some of the finest terrain in the world. It's rough, rocky, brutal and loved by all. Considering the quality of Val Di Sole's DH track, you might think that the XC course would be just as great, but in point of fact, that couldn't be further from the truth. It's as if the course designers here considered the DH track a crowning achievement and then decided to put their tools away when it came time to lay out the XC course. A 570-meter flat grass straight, which is more than ten percent of the lap, is just the first of many complaints. Half of this cross-country course seems to be made of taped-open, grass fields, and dirt-road, double-track climbs. This seems hardly in touch with the caliber of technical courses we have seen in XC in recent years. "Uninspired" is the word that immediately comes to mind. With all of the terrain available and a little more effort, surely something better could have been built. That said, this is a power course and those with the fitness will have the day. We enlisted T Mo to spice up the better bits and spared you most of the grass parts. There's also a special appearance by Loris Vergier. Let's get to it, shall we?