We spent one of our ‘off’ days in between practice and racing up on the hill watching the Open Class SBX competition. It’s always helpful to see how the best riders are handling the course, the line they choose, what gate is fastest, etc. especially when finalizing/confirming your race strategy. And these guys/gals are pretty good. On a relatively tight course the top men were hitting over 40 mph and the best time trial run was :56 for the Men and 1:02 for the Women. Hopefully you’ll get a sense of what I’m talking about when you watch the video, though most of the footage is from the start and top sections.
All race days start the same way; course inspection, practice time, and then time trials to set seeding. After a lunch break, they began the heats. I filmed some of the Men and Women’s time trials, their consolation round and final (commonly known as the Small Final and Big Final - Small runs first, then the Big Final).
The good news is that the races that day confirmed that we were spot on with our course strategy and plan and boosted our confidence for the upcoming races.