Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)

12 o' clock Wednesdays during Worlds week is track walk time. Teams take the chairlift to the top of the track, officials smile while welcoming them between the tape and all media squids do their best to hustle for the shots that will fuel the rumour mill on the interwebs. Riders hmmm about possible lines, youngsters ask their mentors questions that makes some eyes roll and quicker pros complain about the number of participants and countries that will affect the development of the soil. All in all, it's just business as usual. We are DirtBike.ro and usually we write for a Romanian audience, but this year we decided to broaden our international horizons a bit. Here's this year's track walk through our eyes; enjoy!



Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Mornings in Innsbrooklyn be like... We can't imagine many better cities than this, really. Not only that the surroundings guarantee awesome riding pretty much all year long, but the city itself is a beaut and a healthy student life equals a mellow attitude with creative sparkles. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
The Bulldog still has to be patient with Lady Luck, but his riding won't be doubted by anybody. Except fools. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
It's obvious to anybody who follows the World Cup circuit that the MS Mondraker team is tightly knit. Laurie is another rider whose sheer racing success is rather a matter of ”when”, not one of ”if”. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
The Romanian National Team dared looking west and took the trip to this year's Worlds. We'll just have to wait and see what the cat will drag in... - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Mick Hannah has been a long time player of this game and the young Aussies around him can only benefit from his wisdom. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Lenzerheide must be one of the most beautiful places on Earth, if you're a mountainbiker or just a human being. The place rocks, really! - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
National team colors don't matter much when you live in the nation of Good Vibes and you ride for Intense Factory Racing. Here Dean, Jack and Charlie are super worried about all the nations who will be abusing this track come Sunday. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Mr. Minn has been mistaken for a GOAT since quite a while and who are we to question that? This man is an institution, period. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Caption this! - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
When Sheffield Steel does this gesture, you just know his eyes are stuck on the proper target! - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Gee and Rach follow their trusted manager through the steeps of Switzeland for yet another well-prepared race plan. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
It's pretty awesome to see Rachel Atherton and Vali Höll hanging out together. Firing on all cylinders, the future seems to belong to the young Austrian rider and what better mentor than Rach can she find? - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Photographers come in many flavours, but none as entertaining as Boris Beyer. Troy and his fellow Canyoning team can testify in this respect anytime. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Mark Wallace, just Jackie O'ing around... - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Composition with trees, tape and gondola, on a stoned green canvas. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
We know it's cliché. You also know we just had to. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
A Canadian maple, lost among Euro trees in marshmallow suits. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
The Ruthless and Mischievous. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Just when we were worried about traction on this mountain side... - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Just one of the many postcard-worthy views around us. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Lenzerheide is a very lively bike park with a lot of activity. These people were keen on the track and the action in the days to follow. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
When The Mob escapes the treacherous gondola tail. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Can a simple track walk between two best buddies be considered a reason for #TeamRumours? Hm! - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Whatever he is doing, Loris is definitely having the time of his life. - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Switzerland is one hell of a host, but come see for yourself, don' take our word on that! - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Hopp Schwiiz! - photo: Ioan Sava / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Another one avec le contagious backdrop... - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Just a normal Swiss mountain side! - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Aussie troops swarming the Alps. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
They have snakes in Switzerland too! - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
On Sunday this place will be crowded. Or the duty of a man in wet clothes, keen to go home sooner rather than later. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
When Mick shows you lines, you pay attention! Australia has been doing mentoring the right way since a good while now. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
My buddy said this rubber duck head reminded him of Eddie Masters and I just had to write this here. I had to. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Them young Aussie ladies were all smiles at this road gap. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
To the lake we go! - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Dan Brown is one of the key pieces of the well-oiled Atherton machinery. Here is Rachel paying attention. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Oh, you will so love the bridge! - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
It's all perfect down in the finish area!

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Scott brought back some of these old gems. How about a Gambler with a throwback theme? Just sayin'... - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
The Romanian team doesn't have uniforms, but they have some Will and that is far more important. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
South Africans, just happy to be here, as we are, we assume. - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
Superfans look like this! - photo: Maximilian Munteanu / DirtBike.ro

Lenzerheide MTB Worlds 2018 - Walking on Sunshine (for now)
We really don't know what to make of the cheerleader show in the opening ceremony, but it was definitely stunning!


We shut things down with a nice song for everybody:





See you soon!


Mx



Mesaj pentru publicul din România: Ne-am făcut și anul acesta bagajele și am luat calea Campionatelor Mondiale, ca de multe alte dăți până acum. Fiindcă ne place sportul ăsta mai mult decât aproape orice altceva. Și dacă-ți place ceva, atunci vei urmări acel ceva ca un bezmetic, până te-oi sătura într-o zi. E limpede că încă nu ne-am săturat. Anul acesta materialele de la Campionatul Mondial vor fi însă prezentate cu o mică diferență față de ce ați văzut până acum: vor fi în limba engleză. Suntem un pic curioși dacă există oameni din alte țări care ar putea fi interesați de ce facem, iar acesta este micul nostru experiment. Știm că ne înțelegeți și nu ne-o luați în nume de rău. Mulțumim! :)

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