The World Championships returns as Almabtrieb in Jungholz
The course starts in front of the fire department. There is a long left handed sweeper, followed by a right hand sweeper. The road drops off, and speeds pick up at the end of the sweeper. A long straight shot, with a slight left handed kink builds up the speeds to a hard left. This left is barely makeable at speed without breaking. Speeds continue to pickup before hitting a hard left turn, immediately followed by a hard right. The hard right brings the riders around a large expanse of grass, with just enough time to set up for a left hairpin. The hairpin empties into a long right steep carousel. The Carousel ends at a bridge. The course takes a left turn over the bridge and finishes in Germany.
Wednesday, July 11
This year the camp site and tent were a short walk down hill from the fire station, next to the town pool.
I decided to sit out the morning practice. I didn't want to run in the wet. I walked down the course, to watch from the turns. It hadn't rained since practice started, so the road slowly began to dry.
Lunch was in the mess tent.
The sun came out after lunch, and the course looked completely dry.
After a great afternoon session, it was time to clean up and head to dinner. I took the opportunity to take a picture of the banner out on the main road.
Thursday, July 12
Once again the skies were cloudy, and it was lightly raining. Again I decided to sit out the morning session. I'll practice after lunch, wet or dry. The day started off with morning calestenics
There was a TV crew out to do some filming. They ran a POV cam.
Fortunately during lunch, the weather was warming up. It warmed up enough that the tent was stuffy, and most of us sat outside.
After dinner, I again went down to the tent. Most everyone was hanging out in front of the tent, around a bonfire.
Friday, July 13
The sun was shining, and the sky was blue, very blue! Marcus was running tech inspection.
After qualifying a bunch of us hit the pool. Yesterday we were all trying to stay dry, today everyone is diving into the pool to cool off. After a dinner it was back to the tent. One of the riders provided the entertainment.
Saturday, July 13
Today is race day, and the sky is blue! Racing start with dirt surfers
With the sun out, the day kept getting warmer. People took to the shade where ever possible.
The buttboard race was next.
After lunch I walked down the course to watch the standup race.
We went down to check out the turns. On the way we past the beer garden.
It was time to head back up the hill to get ready for the luge race.
It was finally time for the luge race. We ran 6 man.
Pretty much the entire race descended on the pool. You needed to get rid of anything you wanted dry, because it didn't take long to be tossed into the pool.
As the sun went down, and the day began to cool, people started to get ready for dinner.
Once the sun set, I went to dinner. I knew that the awards ceremony would start late, so I had a nice relaxing dinner. Unfortunately it was too relaxing, as I missed all of the awards! They were giving out some random awards as I walked in.
Since the price giving was over, the part started in earnest. There was a live band.
Despite starting the week off with cold and rainy weather, we ended the week with some really wonderful weather. The racing was good, and I think there was only one serious injury.