It wouldn’t be a World Cup without a little bit of rain to make things interesting. Overnight there was some thunder, lightning and rain.
In the morning the sun was quite intense and fog trickled its up the hill from the valley. Leogang is a favorite track for many athletes. The track has some nice features to it that keep the excitement up start to finish. Danny Hart and many others were enjoying boosting the jumps mid-way down the track.
Steve Smith is looking good on track onboard a prototype 650b Wilson. This isn’t too surprising given his form as of late but impressive as he missed the first two world cup races due to a broken ankle. His results last week at his first world cup back would suggest he’s ready to push it even more this weekend.
Emmeline Ragot took the latest prototype Lapierre bike to victory last weekend and hopes to do it again this weekend.
Marcelo Gutierrez has been on form at Leogang and is looking for a good result this weekend. Taking the high line over the root when most riders seem to be staying low. It’s the little details like this that can make a good run great.
Around 2 pm darker clouds turned in and the rain started just before the timed training. It isn’t every day that a team (Specialized Racing) is #1 and #2. Aaron Gwin and Troy Brosnan will be a threat here this weekend to say the least.
A lot of riders had dirt on the kits by the end of the day. They pushed it to the limit.
Junior Rider, Luca Shaw (SRAM / TLD), is looking on form. Look for him to compete for the top spot this weekend.
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