Bernardo Brambila qualifies first at La Violenta

Curves and rocks @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda
Curves and rocks @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda

Bernardo Brambila of Brazil took pole position today by taking advantage of the afternoon tailwind to post a time of 2:12.140, edging out Brazilian Douglas Dalua, followed by a pack of fast locals.

In Womens, Magda Blanc of Argentina had the fastest time of 2:31.595, edging out a strongly finishing Sabrina Ambrosi who was slicing four seconds from her best time with every run, and ended only a tenth of a second behind.

Lugers @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda
Lugers @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda

Local knowledge was the big factor today. The track is long and hard to memorize, containing many shallow potholes that are ridable, but often cause riders to break tuck and lose speed. Everybody's times tumbled throughout the day as they gained familiarity with the track's intricacies and as the tailwind swung into effect.

However finals day is likely to bring surprises as racing smarts and the confidence to ride close at 90 km/h will come into play.

Riders chasing each other @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda
Riders chasing each other @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda

It's almost summer in the southern hemisphere, but the message hasn't been fully received on this mountain range, where the warm morning sun turned to an Antarctic freeze around midday. It's an unpredictable place, and the results of tomorrow's finals, and the final IDF race of 2015, are equally unpredictable.

Rider uplift @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda
Rider uplift @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda

Final Day Running Order

Practice Run
RIDER UPLIFT
Inline Quarter Finals
Repechage Quarter Finals
Street Luge Round 1
RIDER UPLIFT
Inline Semi Finals
Repechage Semi Finals
Street Luge Round 2
RIDER UPLIFT
Inline Consolation Final
Inline Final
Repechage Consolation Final
Repechage Final
Street Luge Round 3
RIDER UPLIFT
Open Round 1 (16 heats)
RIDER UPLIFT
Open Round 2 (8 heats)
RIDER UPLIFT
Masters Quarter Finals
Open Quarter Finals
RIDER UPLIFT
Masters Semi Finals
Classic Luge Semi Finals
Junior Semi Finals
Women Semi Finals
Open Semi Finals
RIDER UPLIFT
Masters Consolation Final
Classic Luge Consolation Final
Junior Consolation Final
Women Consolation Final
Open Consolation Final
Masters Final
Classic Luge Final
Junior Final
Women Final
Open Final
Party

Crash @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda
Crash @ La Violenta by Emiliano Pineda