TMI Lilyhammer – day 1

The day started early for the riders in Lillehammer. The busses went up at 8.15 because the first run was scheduled at 8.30 (already). Most riders made it up in time, so we started right away with sending riders down the hill.

The weather was cold, real cold, since the wind was blowing hard... but after lunch, the sun came out and spread some warmth among the riders, which was welcomed by all.

Due to a smooth organization on the top riders had the chance to do 13 runs in total and while riders were bombing down, the timing system was set up and tested well.

Sliding for a hairpin @ Lilyhammer 2015 by Martin Espeseter
Sliding for a hairpin @ Lilyhammer 2015 by Martin Espeseter

Riders were having fun on the hill, doing pack runs, cam runs and even some follow runs (with a car), but the hill took some casualties today; Byron Essert and Emil Olsson crashed and took themselves out and they (probably) won't be riding tomorrow.

This is what Jimmy Riha had to say about the track: "The pavement on the hill is smooth, with a nice slide surface. It's hard to get grip on the track and this makes moves that are normally easy, more difficult. Therefore the course tests all riders to the fullest of their skills".

George Cheeseman looking back at Abdil Mahdzan and Kolby Parks @ Lilyhammer 2015
George Cheeseman looking back at Abdil Mahdzan and Kolby Parks @ Lilyhammer 2015

Tomorrow is qualifying day, all day. We'll post the results of this, after the race.

Check out this video featuring Adam Persson and Mauritz Armfelt, with Mauritz giving live comments during the run.

All photos: Martin Espeseter

Video: Lasse Moe / Follow car: Herman Ottesen