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Practice Photo Epic: Bielsko-Biala DH World Cup 2024

May 18, 2024 at 2:01
by Ed Spratt  



Following a brutal race in Fort William two weeks ago the Downhill World Cup is back with a fresh new course and venue to test out the world's best racers.

With the revised schedule in 2024 timed training kicked off this week's racing as the downhill riders battled mixed conditions. After a morning of practice first in the dry then in the wet, Nina Hoffmann and Troy Brosnan set the fastest times of the day ahead of the more time against the clock in qualifying.

We don't have long to wait before everyone is back between the tape for qualifying and the elites face off a second time in the semi-finals.



Beautiful forest for miles around here in Szczyrk a short drive from Bielsko Biala City.
Beautiful forest for miles around here in Szczyrk, a short drive from Bielsko Biala City.

Shiny fresh parts ready to sub in after the brutality of the Highlands last race.
Shiny fresh parts ready to sub in after the brutality of the last race in the Scottish Highlands.

The World Champ s steed in it s stable.
The World Champ's steed in its stable.

Not chain lube. Could still work potentially.
Not chain lube. Could still work potentially.

Tahnee Seagrave ready for early action on the hill this morning.
Tahnee Seagrave ready for early action on the hill this morning.

Balanche getting stuck in the first few turns.
Balanche getting stuck in the first few turns.

Nina Hoffmann second in the series but fastest in the TT this afternoon.
Nina Hoffmann, second in the series, but fastest in the TT this afternoon.

Joe Breeden chasing down ex team-mate Dak Norton for the course preview.
Joe Breeden chasing down ex-team-mate Dak Norton for the course preview.

Vali Holl always strong especially over the bigger jumps.
Vali Holl, always strong, especially over the bigger jumps.

Micayla Parton high on her Fort Bill successes running the lucky number 13 here in Poland.
Mikayla Parton high on her Fort Bill successes running the lucky number 13 here in Poland.

Some big high speed crashes from the get-go in practice.
Some big high-speed crashes from the get-go in practice.

Riders don t get much chance to ease into it on this course. After turn one the big gaps begin.
Riders don't get much chance to ease into it on this course. After turn one the big gaps begin.

Cabirou gunning down the upper slopes.
Cabirou gunning down the upper slopes.

Gracy Hemstreet looking to get back on it after a tough opener.
Gracy Hemstreet looking to get back on it after a tough opener.

Mille Johnset pinned through the dusty dry turns to start the day.
Mille Johnset pinned through the dusty dry turns to start the day.

Things roughed up a treat on the dry course less than an hour into the session.
Things roughed up a treat on the dry course less than an hour into the session.

Hammering rain but always time to style for Dak Norton.
Hammering rain, but always time to style for Dak Norton.

Loic Bruni you may have heard of him due to the 1 on his bike.
Loic Bruni; you may have heard of him due to the '1' on his bike.

Never count out the young Irish mud-master O Callaghan.
Never count out the young Irish mud-master O'Callaghan.

IFR getting up to speed in their signature bright red TLD.
IFR getting up to speed in their signature bright red TLD.

Hatton and Kolb the Atherton stepbrothers.
Hatton and Kolb, the Atherton stepbrothers.

MacDonald launching into yet more turns out in the open.
MacDonald launching into yet more turns out in the open.

Specialized Gravity crew Williams and Iles training together for a change.
Specialized Gravity crew, Williams and Iles, training together for a change.

Coulanges attacking the TT session mid track.
Coulanges attacking the TT session mid-track.

Shaw and Brosnan galloping into the first jumps.
Shaw and Brosnan galloping into the first jumps.

Wildcard timed training performer Gaetan Vige.
Wildcard timed training performer, Gaetan Vige.

The man to beat if you re under 18 and pretty much if you re not... Asa Vermette.
The man to beat if you're under 18 and pretty much if you're not... Asa Vermette.

Myriam Nicole enjoying her summer.
Myriam Nicole enjoying her summer.

Steeze comes easy to Reece Wilson.
Steeze comes easy to Reece Wilson.

Grip happens briefly between these structures and only in minimal amounts.
Grip happens briefly between these structures and only in minimal amounts.

Fast and devastingly smooth even in the mud is Loris Vergier.
Fast and devastatingly smooth, even in the mud, is Loris Vergier.

Matt Walker had a great Fort Bill but no doubt has a lot more planned for his season.
Matt Walker had a great Fort Bill, but no doubt has a lot more planned for his season.

Minnaar loves a mudder.
Minnaar loves a mudder.

Pierron muddying the birght white for team Commencal Muc Off.
Pierron muddies the bright white of team Commencal Muc Off.

Syndicate s Ollie Davis surfing the mud ribbon.
Syndicate's Ollie Davis surfing the mud ribbon.

It was rough out there today. Payback for a sunny Fort William no doubt.
It was rough out there today. Payback for a sunny Fort William no doubt.


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22 Comments
  • 35 0
 Thank-you so much for sharing these photos and keeping us up to date. Photos are next level and are amazing. New screensaver for my computers coming up.
  • 15 0
 That shot of Norton with the rain drops, pure gold !
  • 12 0
 The picture of the Pivot rider crashing is perfectly composed even though it obviously wasn't planned. I guess this goes to show how good a photographer Nathan Hughes is.
  • 6 0
 Yeah, amazing pic, and it looks like the rider had a shoe blow off in their departure from the bike!
  • 10 3
 What's the deal with Daprela?
How come no one dare even photograph him?
Seems to have gone radioactive
  • 3 0
 Yeah I wondered the same. After his on/off at canyon he seems to be off the radar, but no doubt just as quick.
  • 1 0
 It's top secret
  • 1 0
 Guess they don't like controversy let alone a rider funding himself, been watching his IG, seems to be riding very well, definitely a threat even without a big team... totally agree, where's more info and photos!?
  • 4 0
 Oooh, I just had a tap on the shoulder.
Apparently there are "legal allegations".
Eek
  • 4 0
 @IllestT: but no one will talk about what he's accused of or if he's actually been charged with anything. I want to know how the media will react if he wins because he's done it before. Completely ignoring the winner of the men's race would be baffling.
  • 1 0
 @TommyNunchuck: yellow flower, oily seed apparently
  • 6 0
 At least the gold on those Boxers dosn't look as tacky
  • 5 0
 Awesome shots!
  • 4 0
 Beautiful pictures. Just loving these race pictures .
  • 4 0
 Dak Norton stylin' it up!
  • 3 0
 great shots!!!!
  • 2 0
 Wow the photos are soooo sooo good. Really amazing.
  • 1 1
 Do they broadcast qualis and semis? Or just the finals for the rest of the season?
  • 4 0
 This weekend only elite and junior finals will be broadcast live. It's just live timing for qualifying and semi-finals.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know who the Pivot rider is with the monster helmet mid-crash?
  • 3 0
 Idk, but his shoe is gone too







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