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Lourdes Day 1: Track Walk and Opening Action

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Craig

The 2016 season is has officially shoved off and is rolling ahead at full-speed. Craig Evans, comin’ atcha!
MediaRoom
The media room is housed in an interesting location.
1-23
Passes sorted, number boards at the ready – it’s time to get into it!
1-41
Tracey Hannah came out swinging last year here at Lourdes. Be on the look-out this year for a similar performance!

Book

There was an interesting free give-away coffee table book in the media room today, and eveyone was keen have a look. #nudes #sofrench
Vero
Rain or shine, we’re racing! Veronique Sandler is hoping for the latter though.
RudyKenta
The afternoon drizzle didn’t dampen spirits at all. Ruaridh Cunningham and Kenta Gallagher set off to see what this weekend has in store.

Tracks

The funicular is an interesting experience, and definitely a neat change of pace compared to the usual gondolas we are accustomed to.
Corner1
The opening corner on the track opens up into a beautful view of the surrounding peaks.
woof
Apparetly there is a new team this year, they’re sponsored by Pedigree Chum.
Signs
I should have taken French in school…

Lads

All smiles with Adam Brayton and Kenta Gallagher!
mtn view
As usual, the views don’t dissappoint here in Lourdes.
Wellies
Lots of varied footware on track today, Adam Brayton sporting a classic set.
Flower1
Spring is trying hard to make itself known.
Vaea
Vaea Verbeck is stoked to get the season underway!
CraigLine
Finding the lines with eveyrone stood in the track can be challenging; Craig Evans peeks through the treads to find the flow.

Craig1

Craig Evans, trying his hand at modeling briefly on track.
Craig2
Hopefully the wind stays at bay this weekend once riding is underway.
point
Dowsing for the fast lines with Craig Evans, Joe Smith, and Elliot Heap.
Gloom
The weather is a little grey and gloomy, but we are all still fired up to be here!
Course Check
I think he was updating the tree’s firmware.

Flower2

The purple is a quaint contrasts to the deep brown of the early Spring ground.
Woof
Woof.

City Center

Lourdes is a neat little town, full of character and history.
KTM
I need these in my life. Best Footware Award on the day.
Chute
The infamous chute; it’s properly gnarly.
steep
The chute is steep, people are falling, and no one is really sure where to go…tomorrow will be interesting.Line Choice
The lads spots some lines, and show me their “enthusiasm faces”.
Dab
Adam Brayton gets stoked on the first road gap, striking his best power pose to celebrate.
Shenanigans
There is always time for a laugh during track walk.

Selfie

Track walk snapchat selfie – gotta keep your friends informed.

BigHuck

That’s a ways out there, eh? Veronique eyes up the big huck.
Horn
Veronique Sandler throws the horns, because that’s the standard practice when you find a new huck.
Huck
This is the dreaded bar-bender huck. It’s big; it’s flat; it’s savage. Man is blue is the landing, and Kenta is on the lip…

Huck2

Kenta Gallagher has the appropriate reaction to this monster huck.
Location
Just in case you forgot where you’re racing.
LayingLine
This is actually a catch cable to help riders slow down, like they have on aircraft carries.
Dunc
Hi Duncan!
GnarHuck
This track is full of big, gnarly moves. Fraser McCubbin looks out to the man in green for reference…it’s big no matter how you look at it.

Poach

Tyre choice will be a easy decision this week: cut spikes. Game on!
Climb
The final drop into the finish is steep…Adam Brayton scales downt he French-sized cheese grater to get to the finish.

Finish

That’s that! Stay tuned for the first day of riding action on Thursday!

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