Well it is raining here, but all the same the XC seems to be going well. The under 23s womens race today was won by the seemingly unstopable duo of Liu Ying taking the gold, with Chengyuan Ren coming in second nearly 4 minutes later. Unusual... normally the other way around. It was quite damp today, so I didn't go right up on the course. Tomorrow perhap. Third place was Elisabeth Osl.
The Austrian Osl is riding really well at the moment.
In terms of the Chinese girls, well their lead was large. Osl came in 5mins 30 after Ying and 2 mins after Chengyuan.
Amy Hunt was the first team GB rider.
It will be interesting to see how their lap times compare to Saturdays event with Spitz, Kalentieva and co.
Kurschat was also there, practicing on the course in the damp conditions by the looks of it.
His cleaned bike
Later I went to see the German national team mechanics. They had a long night ahead of them, Peter and Martin still managed a smile though. (Lado's Canyon in pic)
Again his Canyon with Sabine Spitz's bike in the background.
Now there was A LOT of material lying around.... and Sabine Spitz's bike is very light.... under 9kg for sure.
Nice pair of Stans on Tunes there.
Kalentieva's bike was also there, but she wasn't. This is Wolfy in the pic here. That frame is TINY.
Finally... I think we would all like to be able to get away with riding this bike!
More to come tomorrow.