Of Mud and Blood - Cairns World Cup Downhill Practice

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Slippery, sloppy, slimy and spidery, the Cairns World Cup downhill commenced under wet and humid conditions. The course conditions changed each minute, but stayed generally ugly as rock gardens, roots and high-speed sections were made even more difficult. Time training runs revealed that times are about a minute slower than they were in the dry. The weather forecast calls for more moisture. Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, Boris Beyer and Joe Bowman capture the excitement of this damp, daring downhill.

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  • SpokeApparel

    4/24/2014 7:36 PM

    thanks guys

  • RobJC

    4/24/2014 1:20 PM

    Keep up the good work; great photos.

  • neimbc

    4/24/2014 1:16 PM

    You would think coming down last (quali 1st) wouldn't be the best in conditions like this - the track will be heavily rutted and thick with mud coating everything more slippery.

  • rusty

    4/24/2014 2:37 PM

    I think the top 20 in the overall series go in order for the finals rather than going on qualifying results. So the top guys should, in theory, have similar conditions.

  • MPH24

    4/24/2014 3:49 PM

    You sure? For some reason I remember Gee not doing well in qualifying last year at Mont Saint Anne and luckily for him he missed the rain because he went before the top guys.

    I know there are points on the line for qualifying but maybe some guys in the top 20 go slow in qualifying to start early on Sat if the conditions will be better?

  • rusty

    4/25/2014 3:53 AM

    My bad, I misinterpreted a little.

    "4.5.033 The start order for the final is determined on the basis of the reverse result of the
    qualifying round, the fastest rider starting last. Protected riders (as defined in art.
    4.5.031) who were not classified in the top 10 places for women and the top 20 places
    for men elite of the qualifying round must start immediately before the top 10 women
    and the top 20 men elite from the qualifying round."

    Some light reading if anyone wants to geek out.

  • canadmos

    4/24/2014 8:03 PM

    Ruts aren't always a bad thing, either. A good deep rut in a corner could be used to push against in some of those awkward turns.

    Then again, if the rut juts off the track then someone better be prepared to go bushwacking haha.

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