The grand warm up to the 2012 Olympic Cross Country Mountain Bike event was held today under a blue sky and on a fast dry and dusty course. Here is a short photo report from Paul Sanwell - OP Photographic. A full report will follow soon.
King of the hill Julien Absalon FRA finished the Hadleigh Farm Mountain Bike International Test event 1.20 mins in front of the second placed Christoph Sauser Sui after setting a blistering pace that continued throughout the 7 lap race. Top placed Brit, Lee Williams came in at 20th with Kenta Gallagher at 23rd.
The ladies race start
Catharine Pendrel CAN following the then leader
Catharine Pendrel CAN leads Georgia Gould USA just prior to a fall on the tight bend leading into the rock drop
Georgia Gould USA Takes the lead until she fell on the 'Leap of Faith' on her final lap after an alleged wheel clip from Catharine Pendrel CAN
Julien Absalon FRA (No.1) showing how he will dominant the mens race by taking the lead at the first bend and holding it for 7 laps
Jaroslav Kulhavy CZE
Julien Absalon FRA maxing it up on the granite berm
Andrew Watson CAN with GBR's Kenta Gallagher close on his wheel
Karl Markt AUT leads Jeremiah Bishop USA over the Rock Drop
Lee Williams recovering after his fall at Deane's Drop but still managed to be the fist GBR to cross the Line (20th overall)
Julien Absalon FRA crossing the line and soaks up the applause from the crowd