It was a slow start to DH practice at the 2017 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking. Riders were apprehensive about conditions after a night of rain, knowing that the fresh sections would likely be waterlogged and the rocks would be slick. They correctly surmised the state of the course, much to their dismay. A few wild souls seemed to be handling the squirmy conditions with aplomb, letting the bike dance its way down the rowdy hillside, while a strong majority of competitors held back a bit and rode conservatively to preserve themselves and their bikes in anticipation of a sunny and dry forecast for the remainder of the weekend. The consensus was, “fun but slow”, and those with stronger opinions admitted it was only the wet and soggy conditions which were really causing a less-than-positive practice experience, further adding that if the track dries out, it’s going to be insane.
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