First light on the first day of practice and the current #1 of Richie Rude was already getting down to business.
Bariloche is certainly a very pretty place to go racing, but behind the beauty there is a savagery to these tracks.
After missing last week's round due to injury, Hannah Barnes is happy to be back in action here in Bariloche.
Cool nights mean the leaves are starting to change color here in Bariloche.
Sadly we won't be seeing anymore of this guy in Argentina. Jared Graves went down hard on stage 3 practice and is out with what looks to be a separated shoulder.
Seb Claquin has decided it's like a moto track here, so he's manualling everything in sight this weekend to keep his front wheel out of trouble.
Anita Gehrig sets off on the rocks of stage two.
BMC's Lew Buchanan and Francois Bailly-Maitre have been running tight together in practice. With Francois coming from an XC background and Lew from DH, they seem to work well together to pull each other forwards.
Adrian Dally always looks fast and smooth and is the rider to beat in the U21 men's race.
Yoann Barelli is definitely one to watch this weekend. Normally he picks up speed through the season to finish strong, but seeing as he started off just off the podium last weekend, where he goes from here is going to be exciting to see. Certainly he looks ones of the more attacking riders in practice.
While deep, brown powder on every turn sounds like a dream, it can turn treacherous quickly as you cannot know what lies beneath - as Cedric Ravanel found out to his cost.
Marco Osbourne has the loosest style, and where ever he goes the roost follows.
Mark Scott is loving the loose and drifty trails here in Bariloche.
Casey Brown, brown pow surfing.
Sooooo much roost.
Mason Bond drifts it into one of the loose and rutted corners on stage 3.
Nico Lau is loving these conditions, running hot and loose all the way down.
Ines Thoma has looked fast and composed in practice.
Remi Gauvin may be relatively new to enduro, but he bagged a solid result last weekend and knows how to make these courses look good.
Anneke Beerten roosting right up over her own head on a flat g-out corner mid way down stage 6.
Nico says he is struggling a bit, but you would never know it from looking at him ride. His light and precise style seems to float effortlessly down through the dust.
It was a frosty start for day two, but once you cracked through the thin, frozen layer the powder was still there beneath.
Josh Carlson drops into stage 5 on a cold and foggy morning. Before the sun came out frost covered much of this stage.
Stage five uses a different hill to the rest of the race, dropping down to a small lake.
These loose conditions seem custom-made for an aggressive rider like Richie Rude.
Spikes front and rear on lots of bikes can only mean one thing: epic conditions.
Josh Carlson checks out the fast open start of stage 3 high above Bariloche and its surrounding lakes.
If awards were given for winning practice, Martin Maes would on top of the podium right now.... PINNED all day.
Cous Cous is not scared of going big, sending the final hip into the finish arena blind.
Rae Morrison was riding aggressive all day and seems to be handling the tricky conditions better than many of the other riders.
If the dirt isn't spraying above your waist you just aren't cornering hard enough.
American Kyle Warner smashing corners on stage 6.
Cecile Ravenel is obviously the one to beat in the women's race but thus far doesn't look as dominant in practice like she did one week ago in Chile.
Iago Garay and the local trail dog pinned down stage 5.
Volcanic ash killed most of the big trees on stage 5 giving it an eerie feel.
Remy Absalon threads his way through the dead tree forest on stage 5.
Isabeau Cordurier seems to excel on the longer and rougher EWS rounds so the tracks here should suit her perfectly.
Sam Blenkinsop knows it's a good one when you can roost yourself in the mouth.
The deep dust could be treacherous though, as Robin Wallner found out.
Jerome Clementz with roost coming out his armpits.
When the light breaks tomorrow things are going to get rowdy.