Welcome to tropical Cairns, Australia where it looks like Jurassic Park, but the instead of dinosaurs hunting you down, it’s just giant golden orb-weaver spiders chilling out at face-height, snakes spying through the canopy, and god-knows-what lurking in the plant matter on the ground…oh, and trees that sting you. Great.
The dangers lingering all around aside, it’s actually a beautiful place area. The beach is a stone-throw from the venue (not like you’d want to go for a swim though), and everything is lush and green – very picturesque indeed. Being that it’s closer to the equator than it is to a safe venue for a race, it’s mega hot here, and humid…so much so that most teams showed up with cars full of water and not much else for today. The name of the game is hydration here in Cairns, and with the bizarre pedaling sections on the track, it won’t be much of a surprise to see riders sporting hydration packs and dropper posts. We’re all kind of wondering if this is actually and EWS, and everyone is just too embarrassed to ask.
Everyone is in high spirits, and it’s probably going to be another ridiculous race with some befuddling weather and loose riding. Take a peek at what we all got up to today, and tune in tomorrow for the two-wheeled action!
Hello from Cairns! The view from the top isn't half bad, you can almost see all of the deadly nature skulking about...
Water Sports are not recommended.
Sven Martin is stoked for the nice weather and impending mayhem of racing.
It's a little cramped going up. Photo courtesy of Jason March, because I kept getting in my own shot.
Welcome to Australia. Mind the bats.
Joe Bowman was feeling the heat. but came prepared with one of the more funtional hats.
Getting the shot, Boris "Maddog" Beyer warms up for track walk.
Track antics with Boris and Moritz.
Rachel Atherton is a fan of the tropical weather.
Connor Fearon is pretty nonplussed about the creepy crawlies.
Steel City Nature Documentary, narrated by Kathy Sessler (one of four people in attendance this weekend who was also at the very first race here in Cairns years ago).
Ever feel like you're being watched...?
Smile? Aaron Bartlette wasn't too pumped on carrying loads of camera gear around in the humidity.
The celebrity of track walk today.
Ready for the close up.
[Profile pics by #MTBJesus]
Adam Brayton, here to fight off snakes with these pythons...ladies.
Track walk is a mega casual affair, apparently. Sam Blenkinsop gazes ahead, carefree.