Canadians Kevin Reimer, Nate Lang and "Scoot" Smith push the limits during practice. Photo Marcus Rietema
Peyragudes, France – The Peyragudes Deluxe Cup got underway today under beautiful weather conditions in the French ski resort town. Downhill competitors from around the globe have converged in the Pyranees Mountains for the second IGSA World Cup event of the 2008 season.
Registration was busy throughout the day. Photo Marcus Rietema
World Champion Martin Siegrist's (SUI) ride courtesy of new sponsor Daihatsu. Photo Marcus Rietema
The new rule is as follows: A pushing zone from the start line to the first corner has been designated. Riders may push an unlimited amount while in this zone. Once past the zone riders are not allowed to push their boards. The only exception is when both feet have left the top of the board and touched the road simultaneously. The rule will be used experimentally this weekend and if successful will be used at all events in the future.
Two Downhill skateboarders tangle during an afternoon practice run. Photo Marcus Rietema
Stormy weather has been forecast for Friday so the organizers have decided to run all qualification runs on Thursday. Each rider will receive two practice runs at the beginning of the session followed by two timed qualifying runs. Street Luge, Skull Board and Classic Luge will run from 9:00am to 12:00pm with Downhill Skateboarding scheduled from 1:30 pm to 7:00pm. Friday has now been designated an all day free ride session.
2007 IGSA World Champ Gauthier DeKyndt (FRA) during heavy braking. Photo Marcus Rietema
Organizer Cyril Harney (Komakino) has done an outstanding job organizing the first ever IGSA World Cup event in France. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at one of three local restaurants is included with each racers entry fee for the four-day event. Another popular touch has been number bibs customized with each riders name and flag. The first day finished off with a big party in the riders tent that went on until the early hours of Thursday morning. Stay tuned for our day two report.
2007 IGSA World Cup Series Champion Erik Lundberg (SWE) looked fast all day. Photo Marcus Rietema
The Pyranees Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for the athlete swimming pool. Photo Marcus Rietema