The steep, dusty, rough Val di Sole downhill track dished out a beating today at the first practice session for the 2016 World Championships. Finn Iles crashed early and was helicoptered off the mountain (reported ok but unsure about racing) and Gee Atherton's injured shoulder could not withstand the abuse, forcing him to give up his Great Britain team spot to Bernard Kerr. Two more days of practice await before finals, so it's a battle of attrition. Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, @maddogboris and Dan Hearn deliver from the trenches.
If you're at Val di Sole on Saturday, get to the SRAM pits at 5pm for BoXXer World Champs!