What a beautiful day on the start to stage 4. But we will come to stage 4 later.
First, there some chairlift issues to discuss. Due to a lightning strike the lift was down, so all the riders had to wait until it ran again. The problem was, it ran for a couple of minutes then it stopped again.
We already talked about Nico and Jerome yesterday. Nothing changed today. Jerome still on first, Nico still in second place after day 2.
Fabien Barel is still able to smile. Also again in third place.
Nathan Riddle at the first half of stage 3a taking the big 180 degree turn. He ended up with the 52nd place after day 2.
Adam Craig is about to overtake Yoann Barelli and to take a step forward from the 27th place to the 8th place.
Joey Schusler was also in good shape again and reached 4th place today. He even finished stage 3b with a second place.
Adam Bradford also improved his placement by overtaking two riders at stage 3a. He is in the 6th place at the moment.
That is what stage 3a was all about. ROOTS!
One of the few German riders, Tobias Woggon also climbed up some places.
Here you see Nate Adams on his new Niner 29" prototype. Looks nice, doesn't it? Stay tuned for a closer look.
Now the race got more and more confusing. The lift stropped again, but not all the riders were at the starting line. The organizers decided to let them go as they came. That's why Cecile Ravanel was the first woman on the course.
Julia Hofmann took the lift on time and could ride the course on her Marin at the right time.
After a 30 minute break the lift ran again and the rest of the field was ready to set the course on fire. Tracy Moseley won stage 3a.
It's a neck and neck race. Anne Caroline Chausson won stage 3b.
An endless stream of information reached the course marshals via radio.
Believe it or not, in this picture you can hear the original message given to the marshal on the top of stage 4 that due to continued lift issues this stage is canceled.
That is the reason why these nice looking natural trails of stage 4 are abandoned.
Only one rider was at stage 4 and ready to start because she peddled all the way up. Respect to Alisha Gibson.