Photo Epic: Bone Dry for Practice - Maribor World Cup DH 2021

Aug 13, 2021 at 13:50
by Dave Trumpore  




In quite the contrast to the first two World Cup DH races of the season, ones in which mud, rain, and changing track conditions played a massive role in the outcome, Maribor is bone dry, fast, and looking like it will for sure be staying the way.

Scorching temps and sunshine have backed the course into a mix of hard pack and loose dust, and with no rain at all in the forecast (yet), it looks like racers for the first time all season will get to settle into building their pace each run, finding their flow, and giving it full effort top to bottom in race day.

While the track in Maribor follows the same basic path down the mountain as previous years, much of it had been taped left or right of the main line for this round to change up the flow of things. A nice mix of loose fresh loamy sections help to balance out the older rougher bits and keep riders on their toes who have already been racing here at the IXS Cup or Euro Champs. And of course the infamous rock garden is still being used and is as rough as ever.

With World Champs just two weeks away, this is the race that will certainly show who's on form after the mid-season break and who's ready to charge full speed after the coveted rainbow stripes.


It is very warm in Maribor this time around. Arguably the hottest and dustiest World Cup we ve had in a few years.
It is very warm in Maribor this time around. Arguably the hottest and dustiest World Cup we've had in a few years.

Loose dust on rocks just to keep things spicy
Loose dust on rocks just to keep things spicy.

It s getting rough out there
It's rough out there.

Dean Yolo Lucas is yolo-ing harder than anyone these days and it s great to see.
Dean 'Yolo' Lucas is yolo-ing harder than anyone these days and it's great to see.

Fantastic to see Charlie Harrison back in the mix at one of his favourite tracks on the circuit.
Fantastic to see Charlie Harrison back in the mix at one of his favourite tracks on the circuit.

Guess who s bike
Guess whose bike.

Lots of suspension work going on this week and riders try to manage the loose dirt high speeds and huge impacts
Lots of suspension work going on this week and riders try to manage the loose dirt, high speeds, and huge impacts.

Brake pads are getting a workout here on a super fast track with many hard breaking zones throughout.
Brake pads are getting a workout here on a super fast track with many hard braking zones throughout.

Brook is getting right back to his rampant Bulldog ways here in Slovenia.
Brook is getting right back to his rampant Bulldog ways here in Slovenia.

prepped and ready for action
Prepped and ready for action.

Pure goooold for World Champ Wilson.
Pure goooold for World Champ Wilson.

It s a small climb from the pits to the lift but in the heat riders will take any help they can get to save energy
It's a small climb from the pits to the lift, but in the heat, riders will take any help they can get to save energy.

Camille Balanche gearing up for the day ahead in which she d lay down the fastest timed training run.
Camille Balanche gearing up for the day ahead in which she'd lay down the fastest timed training run.

Vali Holl all smiles at the start of practice this morning.
Vali Holl all smiles at the start of practice this morning.

Tough day for Rafael Gutierrez. He joined the long list of riders sitting out this weekend after suffering a broken collar bone.
Tough day for Rafael Gutierrez. He joined the long list of riders sitting out this weekend after suffering a broken collarbone.

Benoit Coulanges was an animal on dusty bombed out track today.
Benoit Coulanges was an animal on the dusty, bombed out track today.

Luke Meier-Smith getting buck in practice.
Luke Meier-Smith getting buck in practice.

Greg Minnar keeping it low but far from slow in the opening meters of the track.
Greg Minnaar keeping it low but far from slow in the opening meters of the track.

Loris Vergier came here to cut his number plate right down to size... fastest in TT.
Loris Vergier came here to cut his number plate right down to size... fastest in TT.

Kade Edward throwing some style off the first jump.
Kade Edward throwing some style off the first jump.

Kaos Seagrave out of the top woods an into the open ski slope
Kaos Seagrave out of the top woods and into the open ski slope

Kaos things.
Kaos things.

Chris Grice getting loose in the first woods
Chris Grice getting loose in the first woods.

Phil Atwill fighting to stay above the loose dirt.
Phil Atwill fighting to stay above the loose dirt.

Dust new bits of track have been added in between some of the older hard packed and rooted bits of track used in past years
Dust new bits of track have been added in between some of the older, hard packed, and rooted bits of track used in past years.

Monika Hrastnik and some massive roots
Monika Hrastnik and some massive roots.

Monika Hrastnik shut down the Euro champs and was looking dangerous on track this afternoon.
Monika Hrastnik shut down the Euro champs and was looking dangerous on track this afternoon.

Brook MacDonald full throttle into the first compression in the top woods.
Brook MacDonald, full throttle into the first compression in the top woods.

Neko Mullaly holding the Intense fort in the absence of the Gwinner.
Neko Mullaly holding the Intense fort in the absence of the Gwinner.

Loic Bruni out in the hazy heat lingering over Maribor.
Loic Bruni out in the hazy heat lingering over Maribor.

Tahnee Seagrave found the winning pace once again in Les Gets and is looking to carry that momentum into this round as well as World hamps in two weeks time
Tahnee Seagrave found the winning pace once again in Les Gets and is looking to carry that momentum into this round as well as World Champs in two weeks time.

Onni Rain from Finland cutting through he dust
Onni Rainio from Finland cutting through the dust

Danny Hart with pin point precision through the rock garden.
Danny Hart with pinpoint precision through the rock garden.

Fair play to Jackson Goldstone for casually brushing this one off.
Fair play to Jackson Goldstone for casually brushing this one off.

Myriam Nicole making quick work of the rocks in timed training
Myriam Nicole making quick work of the rocks in timed training.

Troy Brosnan with the committed straight line down the middle of the rocks
Troy Brosnan with the committed straight line down the middle of the rocks.

It s a case of when for Vali Holl that first elite World Cup win is right there for the taking.
It's a case of when for Vali Holl, that first elite World Cup win is right there for the taking.

Matt Walker carving some rock hard berms near the top of the track
Matt Walker carving some rock hard berms near the top of the track.

Mick Hannah on the gas
Mick Hannah on the gas.

Charlie Hatton leaning it in
Charlie Hatton leaning it in.

Can Thibaut Daprela carry the number 1 plate for the rest of the season
Can Thibaut Daprela carry the number 1 plate for the rest of the season?

Brendan Fairclough find a brief moment of smooth through the rough and rutted out Maribor track.
Brendan Fairclough find a brief moment of smooth through the rough and rutted out Maribor track.

Kade Edwards never takes a chill lap.
Kade Edwards never takes a 'chill' lap.

Danny Hart full throttle into the first compression in the top woods.
Danny Hart, full throttle into the first compression in the top woods.

Brosnan with the two where only a one will do after all the years coming so close to the overall.
Brosnan with the 'two' where only a 'one' will do after all the years coming so close to the overall.

Remi Thirion was as exciting as ever to watch trackside it translates to track speed too. 3rd place for the flying Frenchman.
Remi Thirion was as exciting as ever to watch trackside, it translates to track speed too. 3rd place for the flying Frenchman.

Angel Suarez making sure all his tire knobs are intact.
Angel Suarez making sure all his tire knobs are intact.

Loic Bruni was the only to top around the tree in the background here as trying different lines was the the name of the game in many of the fresh cut new sections.
Loic Bruni was the only rider to pop around the tree in the background here, as trying different lines was the name of the game in many of the fresh cut new sections.

Let s not forget Bruni had the last word here in 2020.
Let's not forget Bruni had the last word here in 2020.

Seth Sherlok just above the rock garden
Seth Sherlock just above the rock garden

Dyan Levesque almost losing an arm on the way to top ten timed training run.
Dylan Levesque almost losing an arm on the way to a top ten timed training run.

Loris Vergier is certainly up to speed here in Maribor. Can he get his first win aboard his new Trek Session
Loris Vergier is certainly up to speed here in Maribor. Can he get his first win aboard his new Trek Session?

Chill time... many teams have brought out the pools in the pits this week as a way to cool down and escape the heat
Chill time... many teams have brought out the pools in the pits this week as a way to cool down and escape the heat.

Kade Edwards cooling off after another scorcher in Slovenia.
Kade Edwards cooling off after another scorcher in Slovenia.

Plenty of big clouds but no rain on the menu for the next days. Get ready for the dust.
Plenty of big clouds, but no rain on the menu for the next days. Get ready for the dust.



55 Comments

  • 28 0
 That shot of Goldstone going OTB is... gold
  • 4 0
 That looks terrible. I can just imagine all the broken things...
  • 6 0
 Guy in the background!
  • 2 0
 If that was me they would have neede a winch to get me out.
  • 3 0
 @mammal: Justine Welzel (# 22) is lucky to still have a head. 2nd rider in the video.
That Rock Garden section is really taking a toll on the field.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O5LieE9pV0
  • 1 1
 Not only that, but Jackson landed with his head right by that huge rock that Danny Hart was blowing past in the previous photo.
  • 3 0
 Reminds me of Sam hill norway world champs 2014
  • 1 0
 How do you just shrug off hugging a boulder with 1 foot still clipped in!?!
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: What an insanely dangerous section of track!
  • 1 0
 @tbmaddux: he ended up bouncing off that Boulder and into another one
  • 3 0
 @friendlyfoe:

He’s young, and his bones are still apparently made of magic and rubber.

And probably some protective gear.

But I’m thinking mostly magic.
  • 17 0
 Here for the team-pit hot tub photos
  • 14 0
 How is Dean passing drug tests
  • 13 0
 "Angel Suarez making sure all his tire knobs are intact" lol
  • 4 0
 I hope he can keep it together for a race run...he's looking fast.
  • 1 0
 I wish Rob would learn how to pronounce Angel. For real, someone school him.
  • 11 0
 Stack of spacers? Minnar
  • 9 2
 Came for the pictures of Cathro, instead we just images of those going for the minor placings behind him!
  • 7 0
 How’d they get the guy from the prodigy there ? Crazy times
  • 3 1
 He's dead so yeah, crazy time
  • 4 0
 Twisted animator
  • 4 0
 "Let's not forget Bruni had the last word here in 2020."

You mean Loris, right? Pretty sure he won both Maribor rounds and Bruni was #2.

Photos and track looks so sick!
  • 2 0
 Bruni won in 2019. They wrote the wrong year
  • 3 0
 He was the last man on track
  • 2 0
 With the number of injuries so far, we are going to see quite an unpredictable race, it's dry until Monday there so the track will be blown to crap by race day!
  • 1 0
 I love to see how much more video coverage there is of WC's from practice to race run these days but photos like these will never get old, some of those super tight shots are insane, great work
  • 2 0
 Great Photos... Some of the best in recent memory... the pan shot of Minnar is legendary.
  • 2 0
 Kade in that pool, almost NSFW lol
  • 3 1
 Tahnee's kit is incredible.
  • 1 0
 "and looking like it will for sure be staying the way."

staying the way?
  • 1 0
 That rock section is nuts man. Is it o.k. to just get off and walk?
  • 1 0
 Great to see a dry dusty track
  • 1 0
 I LIKE GOOOOOOOLLLLDDDDDDDD
  • 1 0
 Dylan Levesque.... damn that was close
  • 1 0
 Those trek sessions look epic.. also that pic of minnaar!
  • 1 0
 Those spec epics look slashing
  • 2 1
 Blistering heat and all with long sleeves and full lenght trousers????
  • 1 0
 Ross I'm loving the panned picture of Greg.
  • 1 1
 It will be interesting to see who gets dusted in this one.
  • 4 4
 here for the motor scooter photos
  • 2 0
 Go back to the monster girl truck you maniac
  • 1 0
 I go to the @Pit-Viper website for photos of shirtless Gronk.
  • 3 3
 At least some places are getting a nice summer this year!
  • 3 0
 Our summer is too "nice" in BC. 35-40C heat waves and fires all over the place.
  • 2 2
 Coulanges, Vergier, Trummer, Fairclough, Minnar. That's the podium.
  • 2 1
 Trummer ? Why not. Fairclough? Definitely not. Bruni?
  • 1 0
 Don't think there will not be Wilson Daprela Bruni Brosnan Greenland or Hart on the podium
  • 1 0
 @pasteque51: I changed my team, here is the new podium:
1 Loris Vergier. $550,000
2 Coulanges $200,000
3 Andreas Kolb $150,000
4 Charlie Hatton $125,000
5. Minnar(not on my team)


Camille Balanche wins the women's
  • 1 1
 @davetrumpore
Not even one photo from the GTFR TEAM,
and the new Force !?
  • 4 0
 There’s a whole article for that buddy
  • 1 0
 Ok, I can understand !
  • 1 0
 There's a separate feature article for this
  • 1 0
 Congrats !
  • 2 3
 You mean,
something like the Cathro video !?
If you have black 'n white font
on your helmet you getting
a personal interview !?
I can understand,
congrats for the heavy duty PayWall !

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