After a nice 2 hour drive I arrived to Dalby Forest. There were plenty of signs so finding the venue wasn’t a problem. After picking up the accreditation, I headed to the media center that was situated a bit further up. The press center was a big tent, but it provided ample cover from the sun so it was ok.
I had a quick chat with Joolze and then headed out to the course. On the map it all looked fine, but I soon faced the ugly truth: the course is very long. Well, compared to other mountain bike courses probably it isn’t, but compared to cyclo-cross tracks, it is vast.
A smiling Emily Batty during the official training.
He wasn’t racing, just making sure that everything was all right.
British rider James Steven tackles a tricky descent, called Medusa’s Drop.
All the way from Chile: Laura Munizaga Holloway. Her name suggests, though, that she might have ties to the UK.
Michiel Van Der Heijen rode consistently throughout the race and he won the race with almost a minute gap.
Up down – Swiss riders Marc Scharli and Tobias Spescha.
Junior women’s race winner, Lisa Mitterbauer.
Michiel Van Der Heijen is about to start his final lap.
I’m not really satisfied with what I got today, it’s going to be really tricky tomorrow to get to everywhere I want to, so we’ll see. I guess I’ll call it a day, see you tomorrow.