While the riders had a slow day, the mechanics have been flat out getting everything ready for tomorrow. Jon Cancellier and the SRAM crew have been dealing with the mechanical carnage that 10 weeks without a real service can inflict on race bikes. Plus some other carnage that Jon has been involved in...
Chris Ball was up on the course today making sure everything was in good shape. There are a lot of small changes and the track looks incredibly fast right now. Steep as ever with many many hidden rocks and roots. Tomorrow's practice will inflict some serious damage to the smooth lines and along with a shaky weather forecast things are going to be very interesting.
Brendan Fairclough is looking serious. This is a track that suits him and he has maybe got some pressure to perform on his new team. He even has his trainer Matt along for the trip to help him manage his recent shoulder injury.
There were quite a lot of new faces around today - These guys are the two fastest riders in Indonesia and they're here for their first World Cup experience. It will certainly be a good test on this unforgiving course.
So its day zero here in Val di Sole for the real World Cup downhill season opener. It’s 10 weeks since round one in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and it’s just a distant memory. It’s hard to imagine how the racers have managed to stay focused on racing for all that time…so I did a lap of the pits to see what was going on. Victor Lucas