Finally got a chance to head out to the site today. Definitely nothing like what I was expecting. From the bottom looking up it just looks like a bunch of ants. This place is huge and all the features made for it are enormous. It feels great to be around all the riders. I’ve come to the conclusion that whether internationally famous or not, a mountain biker is a mountain biker. All the pros are cool and easy to talk to and they don’t seem to mind that 90+% of the people there know who they are. It’s a cool feeling of belonging. This even though there is no way that I would even fathom riding anything like this. I even had a little convo with Kurt Sorge about it, he said he knew what I meant and thought it was a pretty cool thing as well.
As for the day there was lots of digging and touching things up and practice run after practice run ALL OVER the site! It was way too difficult to be all over the place at one time but some of the things I got to see some of these riders do today was incredible. There were a few crashes but only one that I know of took someone out of the contest, and that was Mark Matthews. He snapped his femur when he came up really short on a 60ft (give or take a few feet- according to a digger for Mark). His bike just hit the face of the landing and Mark’s body flung over. Hope Mark heals up quick so he can get back on the bike. It’s insane to watch the riders crash and just get up and grab their bikes and head back up. Below are some images and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!