A glimpse at the team kits and custom bikes in the final days before the Tokyo Olympics.Loana Lecomte
There's no doubt that Loana is the favourite coming into these Games with four World Cup XCO wins to her name this season.Nino Schurter
Road gaps and skids for the 2016 Olympic champion in his final build up to Tokyo. Kate Courtney
A brand new Scott Spark in a special Supersonic colorway for Tokyo for Kate Courtney. She'll be competing in a matching teal Scott helmet instead of her usual Red Bull helmet.Pauline Ferrand Prevot
One last MTB training session at home for Pauline. Victor Koretzky
A peek at Team France's cycling kit for the Olympic Games.Jordan Sarrou
Jordan Sarrou is another athlete practicing road gaps ahead of the technical Tokyo course
Rebecca McConnell is keeping the rhythm as close to normal as possible to a regular race weekend, minus the not-eating-for-almost-12-hours-on-the-travel-day part.Laura Stigger
Laura Stigger in her Team Austria colours. Henrique Avancini
Henrique Avancini skipped the last two World Cups to focus on preparing entirely for Tokyo. We'll see if it paid off in a week's time.Catharine Pendrel
Catharine Pendrel will be headed to the Games without six month old Dara.Malene Degn
Malene Degn ready to travel in her Team Denmark apparel. Eva Lechner
Eva Lechner with Luca Braidot, Nadir Colledani and Gerhard Kerschbaumer in the Italian colours.Anne Tauber
The Netherlands will be represented by two women (Anne Tauber and Anne Terpstra) and two men (Milan Vader and Mathieu van der Poel). Anne Terpstra
All orange for Anne Terpstra and her Ghost Lector FS.Haley Smith
Gold maple leaves for Canada's Haley Smith. Alan Hatherly
Cannondale teammates Alan Hatherly and Manuel Fumic prepare to represent South Africa and Germany.Mathias Fluekiger
Mathias Fluekiger has had an excellent season so far with two perfect weekends in a row at round 3 and 4 of the World Cup. Will he be able to fend off Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel on the mountain bike?Jolanda Neff
From injury, back to the podium, to injury again. We can't wait to see what one of the toughest competitors in the field brings to Tokyo.Sina Frei
Sina Frei is ready for take off with the strong Swiss team.Evie Richards
Evie Richards will be competing on Team GB alongside Tom Pidcock.Haley Batten
An incredible first half of the season has us wondering what Haley Batten can do in Tokyo.Christopher Blevins
Representing the USA in the men's race will be Christopher Blevins.
• Tokyo Acclimatization www.pinkbike.com/photo/20988092
• Loana Lecomte's Bike www.youtube.com/watch?v=XceLJ7aEM3o
• Math Flückiger's Bike thoemus.ch/tvs/ganbaru
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• Anne Terpstra's Bike www.instagram.com/p/CRMg_L_HhnW
• Eva Lechner's Bike www.instagram.com/p/CRYQx9LrpIP
• Mathieu van der Poel will not travel to the Olympic Games until Thursday. He's training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber (aka. Seishin to Toki no Heya).
Ask ANYONE who has ever competed at this ultra elite level and an olympic appearance, and maybe even a medal is worth more than any world cup....At least as far as the 40ish elite MTBers, Roadies, Swimmers and skiers who I have known and who competed at this level.
Maybe its fun to be salty and cynical online, but the olympics is still THE dream for many. many athletes.
To me it seems like the Olympics are an archaism, they will go away together with classical TV broadcast, while cities will be more and more reluctant to host them. TikTok generation doesn't need any of these
The Japanese people are righteously angry how their government has bowed to corporate interests and allowed the games to go ahead - putting everybody's lives at risk. I won't watch a minute of it.
Yahoo Sports cited a column written immediately after Tokyo landed its bid for the games back in 2014. The column by Robert Whiting took issue with Japan’s claims of mild temperatures in late July and early August.
“I have been to Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta, Phnom Penh and Singapore in mid-summer and in my experience Tokyo is the worst of them all,” Whiting wrote. “The only conceivable places that are worse would be staging the games in, say, Death Valley, California, or the Horn of Africa.”
Kate Courtney has used that ugly heavy AXS dropper for years. Leona Lecomte is somewhat notorious for saving weight by skipping the dropper.
Having said that, Leonas new "Massi" looks like a tank.
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