Ryan Leutton (Elite Men) getting ready for lift-off during practice on Stage 3
Daniel Hallam (Elite Men) getting airborne during practice on Stage 3
The thick vegetation in parts did little to obscure the pace being carried by some riders on straightaways such as on here on Stage 1
Bailey Winkcup (U17 Men) rounding out a train during a practice run on Stage 6
Riders across all categories were ensuring they wouldn't be taken by surprise on any of the trails come race day
Loose and sandy is the order of the day when you're not ploughing through a rock garden; a departure from the hardpark surfaces many riders are more accustomed to.
Jean-Phillippe Pouliot (Masters 1/2 Men), on the other hand, choosing to keep it tucked and right up against the tape
Some riders, like William Shaw (Elite Men) here choosing to go fast and low over the undulations at the top of the hill
The rugged features to be conquered on all of the trails being used in this weekend's enduro at Woodford Island meant time spent off the bike evaluating line choices was almost as important as time on the bike
Sometimes you just have to go for it; one of the juniors testing a more unconvential line choice through the top rock garden on Stage 3
Despite the altitude changes not being quite as large over the length of the stages as some other events, make no mistake that how riders manage the climbs and energy output on the liasons could play a big part on the overall result
Ryan Leutton (Elite Men) and Sheldon Jones (Masters 3/4 Men) discussing the finer points of line selection through the boulder section on Stage 4
Daniel Hallam (Elite Men) heading back up for the last run of the day
Body English on display on the entry to a rock garden towards the bottom of Stage 6 that would not look out of place at your local DH race...
MTBA GRAVITY ENDURO NATIONAL SERIES ROUND 5 ON WOODFORD ISLAND: DAY 1
Practice Day at Woodford Island was going off. Check the gallery for an isight into what the riders would be tackling today! We’ll have results and race day pics up real soon! Thanks to Mike Molloy // Element Photo & Video Productions for the shots!