Fort Bill gave us some surprise good weather today, at least for the start of qualifying... But there are a lot of questions that will be answered tomorrow.
With a 20 second lead on 2nd, Vali Holl absolutely crushed the field in Junior Women's seeding. She'd be sitting in 5th in Elite Women, bumping Cecile Ravanel down a spot. Madness. In Junior Men, Kye A'hern pipped Kade Edwards by half a second and looked strong out there.
Great to see Myriam and Rachel battling it out in the Elite Women. Tahnee rounded out the top 3, but is 9 seconds back and has her work cut out for her tomorrow. In Elite Men, we've got some wild results, with Luca Shaw edging out Danny Hart by only 0.088 seconds. It had started to rain by the time Danny dropped, but with times that tight should he have been in a skinsuit
Gwin was up at the first split but got a rear flat, rolling on the foam insert down the motorway past our photographers. Eddie Masters was disqualified, trying to get more info there. EWS phenom Maes sits in an impressive 9th place, after not riding a DH bike for quite some time. Can't wait for tomorrow...
Elite WomenElite Men
1st. SHAW Luca 4:33.782
2nd. HART Danny 4:33.870 +0.088
3rd. VERGIER Loris 4:34.898 +1.116
4th. BROSNAN Troy 4:35.030 +1.248
5th. WILLIAMSON Greg 4:37.348 +3.566
1st. ATHERTON Rachel 5:07.825
2nd. NICOLE Myriam 5:09.765 +1.940
3rd. SEAGRAVE Tahnee 5:16.908 +9.083
4th. HANNAH Tracey 5:16.984 +9.159
5th. RAVANEL Cecile 5:22.395 +14.570
Junior WomenJunior Men
1st. A’HERN Kye 4:43.485
2nd. EDWARDS Kade 4:44.021 +0.536
3rd. KERR Henry 4:45.904 +2.419
4th. DAPRELA Thibaut 4:46.898 +3.413
5th. EDMONDSON Jamie 4:53.149 +9.664
1st. HOLL Valentina 5:18.319
2nd. JOHNSET Mille 5:38.754 +20.435
3rd. NEWKIRK Anna 5:43.134 +24.815
4th. ZIBASA Paula 5:56.196 +37.877
5th. MELVIN Kaytlin 6:01.632 +43.313
See tomorrow's start lists here.