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SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY: Leogang World Cup DH Action

<b>Gee Atherton in audio - It was not the day anyone was ready for in Leogang.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Marc Beaumont talks about the mixed sections and feelings he has about the track and compromises you must make.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>These roots are the culprit of many riders snagging this tape through practice. Needless to say there's one disgruntled marshal just outside of shot!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Pans and zooms, just like the video guys.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>We've all been there snagging our shorts on some part of our bike, however, catching your helmet on the front of your saddle must be an entirely different and terrifying experience.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Bryceland confesses to loving the track here. Wild moments like this go a long way to keeping the excitement levels high. Ridden out too, in case you were wondering.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Back on a Bull bike and looking comfortable right away. Wyn Masters has proven his tech skills at Val di Sole and fitness at PMB, so it will be interesting to see how he fares on race day.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Last year Morgane Charre took us all by surprise winning World Champs her in Leogang. She's back on flat pedals and looking to repeat!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Noel Needs-a-burger was another who did well here last year putting in a 4th place, riding the same 650b wheels he's on today.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Quite the photographer himself, Gianluca Vernassa can often be seen on track camera in hand getting his own perspective on the races outside pinning it between the tape.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A little known fact about Lorenzo Suding is that he's fluent in over 5 languages and equally as talented on the bike.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Some people may refer to the course being similar to a bike park but that doesn't mean it's not gnarly enough to chew you up, snap a brake and cover you in mud.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Eddie Masters never ceases to impress with his vast wardrobe. Any guesses as to what he has in store tomorrow?</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Synchronized slamming. There were Juniors flying left, right, and center.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Francisco Pardal, Portugal's National Champion in both DH and goon airs, sends the blind fadeaway before the first woods. Extra points for the feet style.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brendog in the rare bit of sun possibly on his 29 front, 27.5 rear setup that he mentioned yesterday.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Austrian National Cycling Federation rules state that no rider can be on track without gloves, elbow protection and back protection. Deano here forgot about the gloves rule.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel Atherton in audio - A whip with a view. The bike park section of the track stretches on and round the corner into the second woods section. From groomed to natural, the course is a bike setup puzzle.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel entering one of the slippery root sections that claimed many riders today.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Andrew Neethling is keen to follow up from last weekend's momentum. He was on it, slip sliding around in today's practice.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>While Adam Brayton didn't get to ride all the roots at Schladming, there are little sections here that make up for it!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Troy is channeled into the woods through Polc, Strobel and Fearon.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Luca Shaw is over in Europe alone for this final leg while Walker sits at home with a broken wrist, but Luca rallies up enough roost for the both of them.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Over in the CRC pits, they've developed their own methods for getting those brakes in perfect condition for the first run on fresh pads.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>As you can see by the knotted tape, this section claimed pretty much anyone and everyone. Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo deflects Gee away from the tree he just smashed into. Scary.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Marcello is Pro at these artificial banked corners that are better suited to sketchy urban courses rather than World Cups in beautiful natural locations.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Emmeline Siegenthaler checking the overall ranking. She currently sits in 7th, only 72 points away from a move up to 6th.</b> @Maddogboris

<b>Micayla Gatto leaning it in on the first turn. Matching frame and helmet liner with goggles is def Vital approved. Roost always helps too.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Cous Cous shows he is more than just a team owner and manager. Speed and style for the fast Frenchman.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>#svenisgoodatdoubledippingbutnotfiletransferring</b> @Maddogboris

<b>Myriam Nicole looking oh-so-moto with the mud, knees and eyes looking far ahead. The latest Commencal Riding Addiction member from Hafjell is not to be missed with.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>When I see Markus Pekoll train, I think of Roscoe P. Coltrane.</b> @Maddogboris

<b>Remi tries to hide from his Vital paparazzi, but even Canadian wooden berms cannot hide him.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tracy Hannah up top in the mist.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Smith tried the "park" bike for two runs, but without a proper timed practice has opted to just stick with his DH bike for the rest of the weekend. Tough choice on a track with such a flat pedally middle bit just like South Africa. Mike Redding in the audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Is this Sam Hill taking his last run down the mountain in the 2013 World Cup?</b> @Maddogboris

<b>Yeah Conner.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Ben Reid weaving through the hard and soft obstacles in the first woods. When Ben has passed you know practice is officially over.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Run FROM the hills! Stay tuned for more goods from Leogang.</b> -Bowman

With all the bike park hate coming from course walk day, the Leogang World Cup track decided to dish out a little bit of humble pie. The first practice session of the final World Cup downhill race proved potentially costly with rumors of Minnaar and Hill out with season-ending knee injuries. The track was wet, the wind was up and conditions were rougher than course inspection led on. The World Cup marches on in Leogang for one last dance.

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