Kozakov 2016 – day 1

After being rained out on Almabtrieb, the first day at Kozakov was a welcome relief, with warm temperatures all day and a total of 14 runs.

About 160 riders got on the hill at 9 for their first runs. The sun was out, the road was dry. Nothing stood in the way of a lot of runs... Except bus #2 breaking something and leaking oil at the start line, which left us with only 2 busses for a bit, but a new one arrived the same afternoon. The driver was a real McGyver, creating a (Czech) solution on the spot. Just use a plastic bottle as overflow reservoir.

The bus driver's McGyver solution to stop the oil leaking from his bus
The bus driver's McGyver solution to stop the oil leaking from his bus

Luckily there were no serious crashes, except Ben Stainer who had a dislocated finger, but he shortly returned to the hill, so nothing too serious.

Adam Persson, Mauritz Armfelt and Fredrik Rogbrant charging the first corner @ Kozakov 2016
Adam Persson, Mauritz Armfelt and Fredrik Rogbrant charging the first corner @ Kozakov 2016

Lugers Kolby Parks and Pete Wouters had an encounter on the track (after the sweeper, after the finish), with a young deer. Luckily there was no collision, but the guys were understandably a bit startled.

An unexpected encounter @ Kozakov 2016
An unexpected encounter @ Kozakov 2016

Since weather is always unpredictable at Kozakov, tomorrow we're going to try and run some qualis in the afternoon, in case the weather changes and the Thursday will be rained out. This way we will have at least some quali times, just in case. And if it's sunny on Thursday we'll have an entire day to do more qualis or more freerides.

Mitch Thompson in the forest corner @ Kozakov 2016
Mitch Thompson in the forest corner @ Kozakov 2016
Abdil Mahdzan out front @ Kozakov 2016
Abdil Mahdzan out front @ Kozakov 2016

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All pics by Tomas Tegly