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Lourdes WC | Practice Day 1

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With unpredictable weather, grip levels and a heap of old faces on new steeds, practice day 1 was always going to be interesting here at Lourdes.

Let Zach Faulkner, our own MTBjesus, tell you the story from today through some amazing imagery.

MudBike

The day started like this, and ended like this.
Tires
Traction was the name of the game today.
Signs
Which way to the gnar?

HellaViews

World Cup racing happens in the Summer, but apparently no one told the weather…snowy peaks all around this morning.
Slugger
Don’t call it a “Come Back” – Marc Beaumont looking right at home in the muck.
Kaos
First-year Junior, Kaos Seagrave, finding the grease first run down.
Manon
The chilly slop was challenging even the most elite of riders. Manon took her time coming to terms with the track.

Sandra Rubensam

She won us over in Andorra by riding in a tie-die hoodie, and Sandra Rubensam was back at it here today in Lourdes.
Smestad
Visibly faster than a big chuck of the riders on track, Simen Smestad drew the eye of everyone trackside.
Peaty1
The Legend, Steve Peat, putting in the early work in Group B practice. After sitting out with injury for most 2015, Steve is back in his last year of racing, and looking like he never missed a beat.

Peaty2

Steve Peat, and Craig Evans: always up for a laugh.
MarkWallace
Mark Wallace quietly went about destroying the track today.
Vaea
Vaea Verbeck has been making steady progress through the ranks in the past few years, and she’s looking strong here in 2016.

jamal

Joe Connel looked comfortable right from the get-go, and held pace all day.
Dean Lucas
New team, new confidence; Dean Lucas didn’t seem to have any trouble with the wild and loose conditions.

Gwin

The dangerman with the #1, Aaron Gwin cruised around today clearly not in any rush to over-ride the French grease.
Waxer
Matt Walker made quick work of the track today and got right into the mix.
Kenta
Finding his stride, Kenta Gallagher is one to watch this year – a true wildcard.
Eliot
Eliot Jackson spent the winter training in Queenstown, NZ and it’s showing in his riding.
Phil
The madman himself, Phil Atwill was the only rider today sending this blind gap over the rocks.
Danny
Danny Hart was the fastest rider in several sections today – keep an eye on the Redcar Rocket this weekend.
Isak Levison
Focused and steady, Isak Levison seems to have found his recipe for success.

Fraz

Running the full-factory program this year, Fraser McGlone is riding with a new-found vigor here at Lourdes.
Phil
With a new bike and an off-season in Queenstown, Phil Atwill is on a mission out on track.
Gee
Strong is as strong does – Gee Atherton muscling the new steed into place on the Wall of Doom.
Loic
If there is anyone on track who looks like they could do a race run immediately, Loic Bruni is that person; Dialed and blindingly fast today.
Josh Bryceland
Hair a-flowing and kit looking fresh, Josh Bryceland looked his usual self all day.

Troy

Classic style, Troy Brosnan isn’t messing about here in Lourdes, and has been riding full-chat everywhere.

Greg

Composed as ever, Greg Minnaar seemed unphased by the ever-changing track conditions.

Brook

With a new bike, a team of mates, and an off-season back home, Brook MacDonald is brimming with power and deft handling.

Connor

Check that lean angle! Connor Fearon, winning the Bar Drag Bounty for the weekend.
Tahnee
Tahnee Seagrave, not to be outdone, gives Connor a run for the money in corner bashing.
benoit Coulanges
Rocking some more subtle colors and a new team, Benoit Coulanges kept it low and quick everywhere he went.
Alex Fayolle
From Privateer of the Year to Full Factory, Alex Fayolle was on a mission today to show everyone why he’s deserving of the new ride.

Loic

Loic Bruni hit this section so, so fast…that’s all there is to say really.

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