Lenzerheide World Cup DH track practice with the Kona Gravity Team

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the DH World Cup, the Kona Gravity Team has arrived in Lenzerheide (Switzerland) for round four of 2015’s seven round series. The track here at Lenzerheide is brand spanking new, having been built in time for this round of the World Cup (although it will be hosting more in future, as well as a World Champs).

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Andrew Crimmins leaves the start gate for the first look at the track. Photo Joonas Vinnari

Initial reactions that it was a little bit bike park in nature were quickly put to rest after track walk and today’s practice revealed it’s steepness and it’s reasonably high gnar factor.

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Wide tape and off camber grass. Two ingredients that make for great racing. Photo Joonas Vinnari

Leogangs incredibly tight taping has been swapped out for a much wider track, which brings with it increased line choice for the riders, this should make for a exciting riding on race day with sneaky lines kept under the radar until final race runs.

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Shaka Bra. Want step-downs? Lenzerheide has them in spades. Photo Joonas Vinnari

In stark contrast with the general World Cup rain rule (the rule indicates that if a world cup is on, it WILL rain) the track at Lenzerheide is dry. Australian outback dry. And if the Swiss heatwave continues over the weekend things are going to get pretty damn wild. Luckily for the Kona crew it’s the kind of loose dusty track that typifies the teams home trails back in Australia, which definitely bodes well for the three Aussie pinners.

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Tegan is looking fast, a 9th in timed training is a good leadup for a top ten result this weekend. Photo Joonas Vinnari

The countdown to race day is on and once again the team at RedBull.tv will be streaming the elite women and top 20 men live on Saturday evening. Bookmark it in your diary and support Connor, Andrew and Tegan as they keep this seasons stellar momentum rolling.

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