La Violenta: Day 1

Shivering in their leathers, riders battled through a cold and damp practice day at La Rioja, Argentina, an area known for its dry climate.

Tiritando entre sus cueros, los competidores batallaron durante un día de prácticas frío y húmedo en La Rioja, Argentina, una zona conocida por su clima seco.

A rare patch of sun lights up the dramatic surroundings

Scenery @ La Violenta
Scenery @ La Violenta

The track is a leg-burning, high-speed, three-kilometre tuck, but there are no genuine straights. Instead it's a series of sweepers that are at the edge of grip, and in today's damp and patchy conditions most riders took a conservative approach, preferring to stay safe for tomorrow's inevitable dry weather. Between the sweepers are chicanes that turn this three-lane road into the eye of a needle at 90 km/h.

Es una pista desgastante y rápida de tres kilómetros en tuck. Sin embargo no tiene rectas definidas, en cambio es un vaivén al borde del grip, y las condiciones de hoy muchos tomaron la ruta conservadora, prefiriendo mantenerse bien para el inevitable clima seco de mañana. Entre los sweepers hay chicanas que convierten a este ir y venir en el ojo de una aguja a 90 km/h.

No clear favorites emerged from today's practice. The track favors heavier riders, and the experienced Brazilian Douglas Dalua will be hard to beat. Argentinian Luca Dragone should pose a big threat after placing second at 7 Curves two weeks ago, however that was a track that favored a very different set of skills. Tomorrow's timed qualifiers will reveal more.

Nadie se destacó en la práctica del día de hoy. La pista favorece a los competidores de mayor peso y la experiencia de Douglas Dalua será difícil de batir. El Argentino Luca Dragone será una gran amenaza después de su segundo puesto en 7 Curvas hace dos semanas, sin embargo esa pista favorecía otras habilidades. Las Clasificaciones por tiempo de mañana revelarán más.

The schedule:

Day 2: Friday

Timed qualifying runs all day; as many as can fit.

Day 3: Saturday

Race day. The running order will be as follows:

Practice Run
RIDER UPLIFT
Inline Round 1 (8 heats)
Repechage Quarter Finals
Street Luge Round 1
RIDER UPLIFT
Inline Quarter Finals
Repechage Semi Finals
Street Luge Round 2
RIDER UPLIFT
Inline Semi Finals
Repechage Consolation Final
Repechage Final
Street Luge Round 3
RIDER UPLIFT
Inline Consolation Final
Inline Final
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

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