The track was dry for a little while…
There were unfortunately some red-flag-inducing incidents, which I won’t go into here, but suffice to say, the event organisers and the UCI need to get their act together for World Champs, and it’s shameful that things were so out of order today.
…but that was rather short-lived. By 10am, the rain had changed the track.
That 2-hr delay aside, the riding was loose and wild, as the track was ever-changing, but the speeds remains rather high. Once it’s time to race, it is going to get properly hectic out there on the hill!
See how the day and Timed Training shook out below:
The day kicked off bright and early with an 8am start, and 27C tempts.
The uplift shuttles were a cramped affair, and very warm to boot. Marc Beaumont knew to be in the back with a window seat.
The start gate dudes are stoked, are you?
The B practice saw a lot of enthisiastic riding at the start.
Leaning it over at the start, Danielle Beercroft will likely be extra stoked to be riding in front of the “home crowd”.
Unfortunately, yellow and red flags were the most common sight all day.. Tahnee Seagrave, pensive.
You know it’s hard when the top riders in the world have to walk the B Line.
It’s great seeing Marc back to racing this year, though it is a little surreal seeing him out running with the B’s currently. This is a two time WC winner….
Jackson Frew is another rider on “home turf”, but Cairns is anything but the usual Australian experience for most of the Aussie riders.
The main rock garden was an absolute mess, and everyone was bottled up.
The reigning World Champ knows how to huck his meat. Loic Bruni, space testing the S-Works Rocket.
Vanzac and social media sensation, Dave McMillan is out here shredding the track to bits.
The scenery has only been ominous, and nothing else.
Josh Bryceland catching some of the few rays that shone all day.
5th in timed training, a looking quietly confident, Danny Hart is one to watch.
If there is one rider who will always muscle his way out of trouble, is Brook MacDonald.
It is really hard to tell how Aaron Gwin’s day is going. He’ll stop and start all morning long, and then in timed training he turns it up to 11. It’s wild to witness.
Dean Lucas isn’t 100% after some ill-fated gymnastics in France, but he seems to be getting on just fine.
Let’s just say this: Troy Brosnan is looking so fast, it doesn’t really register when he rides by…2nd in timed training
Cracking on with it, smile and all, Eddie Masters didn’t fair much better than most other riders, but he did it a lot more casually.
Riding healthy and confident, Steve Smith knows he can win, and that motivation is clear to see.
THE EYES! Morgane Charre, lazer-like as usual. 4th in timed training.
You can tell which riders send a lot of time jumping. Brendawg, doing what he does best.
He might be an Aussie, but Cairns is a long, long way from Adelaide; Connor Fearon coming to terms with the not-so-home soil.
The Matt Train. Simmonds leads Walker over the monster – both hit it BIG.