SENDING IT! Hafjell, Norway World Cup DH Qualifying Action 2

<b>No easy decisions today. Run spikes or dry tires for qualifying? Though the track began to dry out, but It's hard to tell which was the more popular choice as the second-to-last day of 2012 World Cup downhill carried on.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Devinci was dialed. George Brannigan is the lesser known and youngest up-and-coming Kiwi now making a name for himself in the elite ranks. He's had some tough injuries to deal with but put up a great time today.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nick Beer, Devinci shredder. Check the splits...3rd and a 2nd with a bit of an error in the last woods. Food for thought for this seventh place qualifier and teammate of the fastest.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Crowds began to line the track today to witness Stevie Smith blast 4.8 seconds out of the rest of the field. He's ready for a World Cup win...and we're ready to see it!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Steve Smith's Carbon Devinci Wilson is cleaned up and ready to back up the number one qualifying spot tomorrow.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Aaron Gwin during seeding. He pulled off, then slowly made his way down the track checking lines, hoping that his hand will feel better tomorrow. If he's not 100%, he won't race. After all, there is Fontana to worry about!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>We featured Robin Wallner in yesterday's show and like to think we have our finger on the pulse of the race. Proof that style does translate to speed with a career-best 2nd place qualifier result. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>And though he's semi-local, Robin Wallner doesn't ride Hafjell very often...</b> -Bad Boris

<b>Greg Minnaar was the first rider that the crowd saw hit the Boom Boom Huck Down gap. It left them all in awe!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>With Gwin off the side of the track, Greg Minnaar was little confused in qualifying. The overall might be out of his grasp, but he is here in Norway to win and knows he has some work cut out for him on Saturday.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>7-seconds up in qualifying and flying through the narrow gap in the trees on the last rocky section of the course. If Rachel finishes 5th or better, she should retain the overall World Cup win.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Morgan Charre with her first official run in the rainbow jersey! Fourth today with a little bit of work to do to move up a little higher.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Slippy, sloppy goodness.</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Looks like Canada, Feels like Norway. Sam in the morning mist. His quali result wasn't the best, but he's hungry for victory.</b> -Bad Boris

<b>Sometimes you just forget the simple things when in the zone of filming a rider. Simple things like remembering to move when they're bouncing out of control towards you!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Cam Cole is here racing in honor of Dodzy. Fellow Kiwi racer, Justin Leov, went home early and will not be racing this weekend.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nothing to say except "more of the same." Steve Smith's fork gets its last love of the World Cup season thanks to Jon Cancellier.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Matti Lehikoinen is coming back from injury and still working to get up to speed on the longer and rougher tracks. Setting the fastest speed through the trap at 70.9kph during qualifying proves that he is still fearless.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Three by Two. The ratpack duo, Eliot Jackson on the hip with Bernard Kerr about to get airborne behind him. They are missing their third member, Mitch Ropelato, so they just have to get extra sideways to compensate for his absence.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>100% sharp at 1/25. A splash of light made this image a pleasant surprise. With a qualifying time slower than timed practice yesterday due to a mistake after the first split, we know Matt Simmonds is ready to make up the difference.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Andrew Neethling wants to get rid of that #11 plate for 2013 by earning enough points to bump him up in the overall standings. Do they give out style points?</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>The track in Hafjell has some incredibly technical and off-camber woods. Mick Hannah demonstrates how to use every inch of track and even a few inches of padding for extra speed on his way to 9th in qualifiers.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Putting on a brave face for the camera, Pugin suffered yet another injury today. There'll be plenty of time for her hand to recover by the start of next season in June, but we're gutted for her all the same.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>There is a safer high line just out of sight to the left, but it is much faster to straight line right through the off-camber. Brendan Fairclough has no trouble nose bonking his front wheel off rocks to set up for a better approach.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>It is incredible watching Sam Hill through rocky and technical sections here in Norway, fully committed and charging. We can never run too many Sam shots.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>World traveler, Lina Skogland, turned 40 yesterday, but you would never guess it. First World Cup and qualifies in lucky thirteenth spot. Good job!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Josh Bryceland on his first run this morning, making sure the course is clear for Minnaar's maiden run in his new rainbow jersey.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Is Josh writing up a "How to Whip" tutorial for Peaty or calculating times and points? Doesn't matter...</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Jonty Neethling (Andrew's brother) had some bad luck today, ripping his cleat out of his shoe. He had no problems this morning though. He said that he likes to race like a toss but jumps like a boss.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The crowds were a bit patchy today at times, but they roamed the course and Hafjell is slowly filling up for tomorrow's final.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The weather here is unpredictable and random forceful gusts of wind have been causing havoc in the pits.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>How many crash pads can we see in this frame? Good to see they're getting some use.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Despite being the number 7 plate, 3rd place qualifier, Manon Carpenter, was the third woman down the hill with plates 3,4,5 and 6 out of action. Fastest through the speed trap by 2mph more than the rest at 40mph!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Roost was flying everywhere as riders hauled into the woods, trying to scrub some speed before the turn. The wet track dried up substantially in an hour and a half of sun for qualifying today.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>With steadily increasing results this year, Bryn posted the second fastest time at the first split and besides Matti, the only rider to hit the 70kph mark in the speed trap.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>As the season winds down, Rachel gives filmer Robbie Mead a lift to the start of the course and reflects on what's to come.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg Minnaar with his fresh new World Champs jersey, probably tucked in bed as you read this and awaiting one final battle in the morning. I know I won't be able to sleep as our 2012 World Cup season comes to a close in a matter of hours. Here's to a great race.</b> -Sven Martin

Steve Smith and Rachel Atherton claim fastest qualifying honors on the eve of the last World Cup downhill race of the 2012 season. The downhill course and people of Hafjell, Norway have provided the perfect atmosphere to end an intense season of racing.
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  • Mr. P

    9/14/2012 9:02 PM

    I just figured out how glorious the photos are in full screen! Doing the photographers justice! Beauty!


  • Pininator

    9/14/2012 8:27 PM

    Can't wait, although I'm somewhat bummed the season ends tomorrow. Going to be a great race, methinks!

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