Friday. Day 2 at Valmont for Embrocation. Conditions shifted wildly as extreme winds blew in off the peaks forcing many teams into tearing down tents and seeking more solid refuge. Valmont faced gusts over 40mph as riders battled for positions.
The course changed from grease-over-frozen to tacky and fast. Lines that didn't exist yesterday were now being taken at speed, treacherous descents that were claiming riders on Thursday were no longer white-knuckle.
photos by Gavin Gould and Joshua Alexandre Haines