Today at the Pro GRT was a lot better than expected, on all fronts. We woke up to sunshine and a light breeze, I ate a breakfast burrito on the chairlift, the track dried out, and the lines got rutted and wild very quickly. Anything that was a puddle or bog yesterday was a deep rut (or four) by this afternoon. The roots got greasy with each passing rider and the on-trail flora quickly became mulch as anticipated. With the track being relatively easy, it was difficult to gauge where time could be found. Momentum was a key piece to the puzzle, as was not braking…at all. From the pit chatter, it sounds like riders barely used their brakes and the real game is about what trail undulations are “jump” versus “pump” and vice versa.
Technical abilities on a bike will be favored this weekend, as raw power and speed aren’t a big factor on the rather flat and slick track. The riders who can read the ground the best and anticipate where sneaky traction can be had will be the ones who have a leg up on the competition. Times will be tight in Seeding. It will be very interesting to see who has the endurance and memory to have a clean run, top to bottom.
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Frida Helena Ronning