DOWNHILL ACTION! Val di Sole World Cup Practice Day 1

Steep, rough, fast and anyone's race to win. That is how the 2013 World Cup Downhill at Val di Sole, Italy can be summed up. The best mountain bikers in the world sampled the course for the first time this year. While primarily the same as in years past, there are some new sections that riders are getting used to. Bike and suspension set up is crucial on this course, which rewards the aggressive racer. But balance and control is key in the midst of the rock-filled tree sections that have claimed those pushing too hard. Get dirty with the pros in this cracker of a slideshow from Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, Joe Bowman and Brandon Turman.

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  • JohnnyK

    6/14/2013 10:55 AM

    amazing shots!

  • gonza.s.m.

    6/14/2013 9:39 AM

    photo 31 is Toni Ferreiro

  • rallysmurf

    6/14/2013 9:08 AM

    ass on the tire steep

  • Hyperpower!

    6/14/2013 1:08 AM

    Hope Hill destroys it! It's time for his revenge on this track.
    BTW, rider on the 32 pic is Antonio Ferreiro, spanish pinner.

  • fatfingur

    6/14/2013 12:30 AM

    Bring home the bacon Sam Hill!

  • Scrub

    6/14/2013 12:11 AM

    Slide #24-Roskopp hands down for the win

  • Pininator

    6/13/2013 11:14 PM

    Stoke! Stoke! Stoke!