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WET AND WILD: World Champs DH Practice in the Mud

<b>A long, murky day for everyone on the hill. It was a tough one for all the riders, spectators and media alike.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A notice to all riders dropping in today, the second jump has been shortened by 1m following a prolific <a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/G-Out-Project-WORLD-CHAMPS-IN-LEOGANG,4259/Richie-Rude-Bottomed-Out-and-Crashing-at-World-Champs,41806/sspomer,2" target="_blank"><font color="#ffff00">G-Out Project gallery</font></a>.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Same first corner as yesterday's shot, different conditions. The Zerode was loving the deep mud ruts. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brook MacDonald</b> -by Juan Reynaldo

<b>Brook MacDonald sending it on the second jump, something no one else dared to attempt today. ON FIRE!</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Brook: Hey Gwin, did you check Ride Monkey today? We're supposed to be team mates next season<br>Gwin: The internet is full of suckers, Bulldog.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>With the course being wet, Aaron Gwin was looking comfortable and in control despite speculation that he's not up there with the wet riding skills.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The price of today's images. This is only the external visible sign. What you don't see is the sweet soft focus Instagram filter from all the moisture on the sensor and screens.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>I'm sure many photographers wouldn't mind their own mechanics to deal with all the gear that takes a beating on the hill. Not entirely sure of Sven's camera cleaning product of choice.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>David Graf qualified 1st in 4X today. In 2011, he finished 2nd in the World Cup here. He knows the secret to winning now.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Muscles from Brussels approved.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel Atherton on her first run of the morning...nice and clean for about 100 yards. One of the 4 minus 3, Marc Beaumont in the audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg Minnaar's been getting a bit of a spray tan lately by the looks of things. Committed past the crash mats and seeking out a World Champs win this weekend.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Greg Minnaar</b> -by Juan Reynaldo

<b>People were saying Mick Hannah stands a good chance at winning on a bike park-style track, but in the more technical woods he was still one of the fastest guys all day. </b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Damien Spagnolo's new kicks. He is comparing the cleat positions on his right and left shoe. Calculated...</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>…shit happens</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Nick Beer was first place qualifier at the IXS European DH cup in Leogang earlier this year. You can bet he's gunning for a podium result.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<i>O.G. racer and coach, Oscar Saiz discusses racing and preparation in Leogang while CRC racer, Joe Smith rails in the mud. </i>

<b><i>Oscar Saiz continues in audio...</i> Holly Feniak from Canada, zigging and zagging today. She's a favorite for a medal on Sunday in the junior women's. </b> -Sven Martin

<b><i>Oscar Saiz continues in audio...</i>Phil Atwill getting dirty up top before the first woods.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Hill was the last one to roll down in practice. He was not attacking, but carefully checking lines and the little details on the track. </b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>The first rider down the hill after the 1 hour break between the juniors faced puddles and standing water as the rain just carried on and on.... and on... and on.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A bit of radial panning as Valentyn Popov from Ukraine beds in his freshly-serviced suspension courtesy of the guys at SRAM.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Yeti mechanic, Shaun, assembling Jared's new carbon 303DH frame</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Random guy</b> -by Juan Reynaldo

<b>Minnaar and Peaty were the only two Elite riders on the course during the juniors practice session, checking out the conditions and warming up all at once. SMART.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mitch Delfs is a fully cloaked SRAM rider. Can't you tell. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>To prep himself for the Boxxer Worlds Evan's been dealing with some of the worst condition forks to get the most practice possible! (evan SRAM)</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Markus Pekoll, local rider and fastest in training. Hands on and committed to speed in the wet.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Casey Brown not afraid of the drops here in Leogang after dominating the women at Crankworx.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>You have been seeing lots of Duncan's photos on Vital this year. We snagged him form his internship over at National Geographic. Bugs and water droplets are his speciality.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steadily and silently creeping up to speed this week, Troy Brosnan is going to be dark horse medal contender this weekend. Leaned, committed and <a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Win-a-RockShox-BoXXer-and-Troy-Lee-D2-Helmet-Vital-OTB-2012-World-Champs,362" target="_blank"><font color="#ffff00">gordo's pick for Vital OTB</font></a>. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brook MacDonald gets 2 slides and a video today. He is simply loving it out here and having a lot of fun on all his runs. When Brook has fun, he is fast...and we like that.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>As the rain falls Noel Niederberger is covered in muddy water spray after only 3 corners. With minutes of track remaining, visibility poses an issue for the riders.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>High tech meets ghetto.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>David Graf, ready for 4X domination as first place qualifier today. STAY TUNED FOR MORE ACTION ON SATURDAY!</b> -Sven Martin

Bring on the rain! The World Champs downhill track that had riders too relaxed became a slippery, sloppy mess today, resulting in smiles, filthy kits and a hope for a dramatic race!

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