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Riders from around the world are arriving in Peyragudes
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The scene of the riders tent and pool at Peyragudes.  Photo Marcus Rietema

Competitors from around the world are streaming into Peyragudes, France for the Peyragudes 2Luxe Cup.   Rider check in got underway last night for the first IGSA World Cup race of the year.

Peyragudes is one of the most challenging tracks on the World Cup circuit and much of the talk was about the new start.  Event organizer Cyrille “Komakino” Harnay decided to move the start to a different, more technical route that is certain to create many new challenges for the riders. The athlete tent has also been moved to bring everything closer together.  Both improvements were made with experience gained from last years event.

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Riders were checking in and getting their credentials until almost midnight.  Photo Marcus Rietema

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World Champ Scoot Smith enjoying one of the local ladies?  Photo Marcus Rietema

Scoot Smith has arrived ready to defend his World Cup Series title.    Mischo Erban, Martin Siegrist, Olivier Bareaud, and Jackson Shapiera are among the favorites who have arrived eager to dethrone him.  The weather reports for the event are mixed.  Today is calling for sunny skies followed by intermittent periods of rain over the next few days. 
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Stephan Risch is eager to return Almabtrieb to the WC Series in 2010.  Photo Marcus Rietema

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Will Brunson enjoying the Peyragudes atmosphere!  Photo Marcus Rietema

Almabtrieb organizer Stephan Risch is here as a rider this weekend.  The manufacturer of Risch Aero Helmets is eager to return Almabtrieb to the World Cup circuit in 2010 and has teamed up with a well known event organizer to make it happen.  The return of the popular and classic race would be a welcome addition to the Series.
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The riders tent was active late into the night.  Photo Marcus Rietema

We will have race reports here at www.IGSAworldcup.com each day so be sure to check back often for all the latest from Peyragudes.