The chairlift was the plan for the first day of racing in Val d'Allos. With Stage 1 and 2 sharing the first 200 meters and the start line settled at more than 2,400 meters above the sea level, pedaling up the mountain was not an option.
With just two stages for the day and chairlift liaisons, someone could think that Val d'Allos is not a hard race. Riders had to ride Stage 1 twice in race mode, and once the Stage 2. The winning times were more than 15 minutes for each of the runs on Stage 1 and over 10 minutes for the Stage 2.
We had a great weather for most of the day until the sky decided to release some water in liquid and solid states. Within a few minutes, the trails were muddy in some sections, but that only affected part of Stage 2 practice before the sun came out again and dried out the wet soil. There is no doubt that one of the top gifts of the day were the views at the top of the bike park.
Jose Borges leads the race, for both Elite Men and scratch time. Morgane Jonnier leads the women's category. Maxime Alessandroni is the first junior. Yannick Senechal was the fastest in Master One today and Gilles Doze the fastest Master Two. Sabrina Jonnier and Olivier Giordanengo are leading the e-bike race.
For Sunday the forecast announces a cloudy day and no chance of rain. We will keep you posted with the Sunday action recap.
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