The promise to be an amazing and rainless day quickly went to shit courtesy of Mother Nature. The skies opened up just as the riders started to get into the track. The gorgeous, drifty-loose duff covering most of the track stayed dry where sheltered by the trees, but elsewhere it turned into a chocolate-fudge batter and had most of the riders curtail practice.
“Yeah, I’m not into it,” said Tracy Moseley as she sauntered down the track. “I’ll put in a few more runs in the morning and get it dialed.”
With few exceptions, that feeling was unanimous amongst the riders. During the elite practice, minutes would go by between riders taking to the track. Most riders just opted to walk the track and scope the lines rather than risk a crash on the steep, greasy, and technically challenging track.
Four-Cross practice, however, took place without the rain—which had actually tacked the track up a fair bit. For the most part, though, riders had a good time burning in lines and practicing the pro line in the middle.
“I spent a bit of time scoping passing lines in the corner after the pro line and in the rock garden the next corner up,” stated Joost Wichman. “For sure, that’s where it’s going to be interesting in the later rounds.”