Windham World Cup Downhill Action 2

<b>Daily hours on the massage table for Gee, who's still feeling sore from his Mont Sainte Anne digger. Fastest in timed practice, sore or not.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Injuries are just minor nuisances when you can put down solid runs like Gee did.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Danny The Huck Hart</b> - Steel City Media

<b>The turn after the infamous Danny Huck. Foot-folding drifting as it should be. #valdisole</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Your saw Josh's eye yesterday. Now we present you with his broken teeth.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Ragot fastest in timed training today. She was on track to win here two years ago when she caught a breeze and crashed inches from the finish line. She is pushing hard to turn it around this year. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Lauren Daney crashed on her knuckles today and this was the result. The East Coast dirt is that hard core.</b> @maddogboris

<b>Eddie Masters honored by the group B racers.</b> @maddogboris

<b>This morning began rather ominously, and it could have gone either way. Luckily the weather pulled back and made for a great day of riding. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Synchronised hucking. Following Sam Hill's wheel is no easy task and Sam hopes the entire field is behind him at the end of race day.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Remi Thirion can go around corners, there's no doubting that. Sitting just on the edge of the Top 20 he can't really afford to hold anything back in qualifying as the times here will be tight.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Neethling 3rd in timed training. I don't know if thats a good thing for him or not. Either way we all just want to see him carry it through to race day when it counts.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Precise lines and faultless runs are the key to winning here. Bruni's had some bad luck this season with crashes, and it's going to be more important than ever on this short fast track to keep everything tight.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>After a DQ in Cairns, Greg's consistency has helped him recover a Top 10 plate. He was looking on it in practice today and that number is likely to descend rapidly, just like Greg.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Darting amongst the trees; the removal of a few corners on this track mean it's running faster than ever!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel was 2nd in timed training. Recent GoPro videos from race runs have shown she has the speed, but needs to hold it all the way down the track.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>You gotta get up to get down. Morning practice begins.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Perfect form as always from Aaron Gwin. He dissected and broke up the course bit by bit, laying down blindingly-fast short sections all the way down. Don't be surprised to see him up there tomorrow.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Plunging down the steeps, Aussie juniors inspired by Nathan Rennie.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Marc Beaumont always steadily and consistently plugging away. Things just need to click and he will be back in the podium mix. Looking fast this weekend.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Manon Carpenter's only been without the #1 plate for a single race this season and the overall is looking quite achievable.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The eyes have it. Loris Vergier committed and searching for another win since his 5-second margin at Cairns.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>He's already won one World Cup this year and has shown promise here in the past. Expect a solid result from Troy come Sunday, despite his practice crash today.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>There were a lot of team trains today. With most of the track running a single line, there was a lot of extra focus on sections with riders running different lines and seeing what works.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Fresh from hospital with an elbow injury, Connor Fearon is ready to do some damage to the Top 20, and hopefully the top 10. Missing MSA led to Connor being unprotected during qualifying tomorrow.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Eddie Nixon Masters keeping his Insta Faceache fans happy every day. The Masters need to be on a team together. Taking over social media.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>When your "secondary" remote camera is is packing this long ammo, you know you are either a.) Ballin or b.) out in the woods on toilet break. The Hof is a ninja sniper.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Minnaar shredding through a perfectly-sculpted berm in the second woods. Roost, leaves and roots go flying. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Taylor Vernon suits this track. It's fast, precise and somewhat tight in places just like back home. Will he get his first win this weekend in the Junior class? Fastest in timed training among the groms.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rupert Champman from New Zealand is your highest ranked privateer at 57th in the series, just ahead of #58 Charly Di Pasquale from France. Who will win the title?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Joe Smith is looking strong and has the momentum of teammate Sam Hill to help boost his speed.</b> @maddogboris

<b>Manon sneaking a peek during Elite Men's training. Sometimes watching others ride a section fast gives you the confidence to do it that fast too.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Troy Brosnan may have had a big crash in the rocks today, but he got right back up and smashed out fast runs the rest of the day.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Bruni bashes big boulders and berms bravely. No balls busted here.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Wyn Masters keeping it tucked and pinned into the second woods. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>G-Out Lapierre and tires. Plate buzzing and rim dragging. Blenki, NFG on the cliff section.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Even though Windham is a short track, the media squids never pass up an opportunity to get a ride down from half way after practice. If this was Europe, the truck would only fit two of us and it would be stopping to milk the cows. #america #staytuned</b> -Sven Martin

Do or do not. There is no try. That's the Yoda-inspired Windham mantra this weekend because the course is short, the course is rough and you either pin and survive or you pin it and explode. There's no such thing as a successful safe run this weekend...unless successful is 67th place. Enjoy the action from Windham thanks to Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, @maddogboris and Joe Bowman. Feel the heat!

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  • bstens

    8/8/2014 8:54 AM

    gwin on new tires?

  • sunkidh

    8/8/2014 5:28 AM

    Thanks guys amazing photos!!! #respect

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