Troy Brosnan looks like he is riding sped-up. 1st Elite Men. Editor Tommy would like to point out he predicted it would be Brosnan – Bruni 1 and 2 – so he’s 50% right – at the moment.
The Womens category saw a much larger spread in times, but all participants will go onto the Final, so there could be some wildcards at play. In Junior Men, there was an equally spread out field like that in the Women’s, with #1 rider Finn Iles ending up DFL after a crash at the top – but he is protected, so he will race tomorrow, first out of the gate. It’s anyone’s race in all three fields, and regardless of how the weather goes, it’s going to be some wild racing.
Rachel Atherton was apparently riding on a different track today, pulling 5.8 seconds out of second today. 1st Elite Women.
Finn Iles went down hard in the rocks up top. He picked himself up and finished, dead last. #1 plate means he is protected though, and thus he’ll be the first to set off out of the gate tomorrow.
Everyone is pumped to see Remy Morton finding his stride here on home soil. 3rd Jr. Men.
Looking like she’s getting a hang of the bike-bike-life, Katy Curd is turning up the heat. 8th.
Eleonora Farina is a new name for most, but one worth remembering. 12th.
Veronika Widmann is finding great form this season. The ex moto rider has potential….
Future media / photo / video / will they pinch brayton’s bike (joking) Squids?
She has the pace, it’s just a matter of stringing it all together for a win. Morganne Charre, loving the Kiwi-German collab that is Bergamont
Making a hard push into the World Cup scene, Kiwi National Champ Alanna Columb is focused on the objective. 6th.
After Lourdes, Tahnee Seagrave ended up getting quite sick, and is still recovering here in Australia. She’s still putting in quite the effort considering. #hunger
Manon Carpenter is looking strong here in Cairns, and we can expect that she has a little more in the tank for finals. 2nd.
Riders were assessing all possible options in response to the on again/off again rain.
When two World Champions are struggling, you know the section is hard.
20 years ago, Sean McCarroll was the fastest qualifier here in Cairns, at the World Championships. Yep – faster than Vouilloz, Palmer, Peaty. Also, he too is looking straight into the camera…what? 73rd.
Another face came out of the woodwork of Australia, Josh Button put on a proper display of riding. 15th.
He has found his form of old in 2016. Greg WIlliamson. 17th.
He’s finding the pace and turning the consistency into speed. Kenta Gallagher, Greg’s mate. 47th. He makes better coffeee than you as well – that’s right – not all riders are full time pro’s.
Matt Simmonds, looking particularly comfortable here in Australia. Remember his 4th at World Champs, 2nd at Meribel – If its fast, don’t rule Matt out. 11th.
Dave McMillan, taking things a little more seriously on home turf, but still has time for some classic style. 63rd. #vanzacs
Graeme Mudd; faster than you. Another Aussie proving that there are riders out there capable of upsetting the apple cart. This stuff is amazing. 12th place and surprising everyone.
Switching between flats and clips, Gee Atherton has been preparing for all scenarios. The winner here last time around.
Bernard Kerr can do more than just whip. It’s a long way from Pease Lake, but not so far from Queenstown. Feeling at home on the underside of the world
First-year Elite Laurie Greenland is adjusting to the new pace just fine. 29th.
Sam Blenkinsop goes fast in any direction. 16th and still finding his pace in 2016.
Josh Bryceland has been looking loose and relaxed all week. 5th all the way to the last split, it seems he got a little too lax. The final sprint is no joke and the fit will prosper. 36th, with some pedalling to do
Not his usual self here in Cainrs, Greg Minnaar will be looking to rally on race day. 37th. Don’t count him out. The head game on this bloke is strong.
Loris Vergier is looking stright into the camera in this shot…on whoops the size of Trossach’s…. 11th.
Too fast to capture, Mick Hannah is out to prove a point here at his home track. 2nd for one of the nicest guys in the pits, and with a crowd fully behind him
Bottom:So smooth, so fast, and looking so composed, Aaron Gwin is on it. Can he catch Troy and Mick tomorrow? Stay tuned….