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Gallery: A day at the Windham World Cup

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Kate Courtney (Specialized) in the eliminator qualifying

Kate Courtney (Specialized) in the eliminator qualifying
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A technical section of the downhill World Cup course in Windham, New York

A technical section of the downhill World Cup course in Windham, New York
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Downhillers will get to do this gap jump during Saturday's finals

Downhillers will get to do this gap jump during Saturday's finals
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A rider from Brasil in training

A rider from Brasil in training
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Marcel Wildhaber (Scott Odlo) leads his teammates during training

Marcel Wildhaber (Scott Odlo) leads his teammates during training
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A rider enters the Rip van Winkle section of the course

A rider enters the Rip van Winkle section of the course
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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The BH-Suntour-KMC riders train two days ahead of the cross country race

The BH-Suntour-KMC riders train two days ahead of the cross country race
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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There are plenty of beautiful flowers in the meadows that fill the ski slopes at Windham

There are plenty of beautiful flowers in the meadows that fill the ski slopes at Windham
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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French U23 national champion Jordan Sarrou trains with his BH-Suntour-KMC teammates

French U23 national champion Jordan Sarrou trains with his BH-Suntour-KMC teammates
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A BMC / Project Dirt rider out on course

A BMC / Project Dirt rider out on course
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A rider goes under another course cross-over point

A rider goes under another course cross-over point
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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There are plenty of beautiful views along the cross country and downhill courses - not that the racers will have time to enjoy them.

There are plenty of beautiful views along the cross country and downhill courses - not that the racers will have time to enjoy them.
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Samuel Tremblay trains on the cross country course with teammates

Samuel Tremblay trains on the cross country course with teammates
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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An Australian junior downhiller goes airborne on a jump during qualifying

An Australian junior downhiller goes airborne on a jump during qualifying
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A rider gets air on the downhill course. At this point the downhill and cross country courses are right next to each other.

A rider gets air on the downhill course. At this point the downhill and cross country courses are right next to each other.
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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An i.idro Drain Bianchi rider in training

An i.idro Drain Bianchi rider in training
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Some named sections of the course remind you that you are in New York, such as Sleepy Hollow

Some named sections of the course remind you that you are in New York, such as Sleepy Hollow
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A Specialized rider in training

A Specialized rider in training
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Maghalie Rochette (Luna) during the eliminator qulaifying

Maghalie Rochette (Luna) during the eliminator qulaifying
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Emil Lindgren sprints during the eliminator

Emil Lindgren sprints during the eliminator
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Daniel Federspiel racing the eliminator qualifying

Daniel Federspiel racing the eliminator qualifying
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Eliminator world champion Paul van der Ploeg

Eliminator world champion Paul van der Ploeg
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Eliminator world champion Paul van der Ploeg

Eliminator world champion Paul van der Ploeg
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Andri Frischknect (Scott Odlo) racing the eliminator qualifying

Andri Frischknect (Scott Odlo) racing the eliminator qualifying
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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When racing at a ski resort, sometimes organizers make use of the natural "features"

When racing at a ski resort, sometimes organizers make use of the natural "features"
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Casey Williams racing the eliminator qualifying

Casey Williams racing the eliminator qualifying
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Larissa Connors on course

Larissa Connors on course
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A look back down at Windham Mountain Resort, which is hosting the World Cup

A look back down at Windham Mountain Resort, which is hosting the World Cup
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Thomas Litscher (Multivan Merida Team)

Thomas Litscher (Multivan Merida Team)
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A rider competes in the eliminator qualifying

A rider competes in the eliminator qualifying
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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A junior downhiller catches air at a point where the downhill course crosses the cross country course

A junior downhiller catches air at a point where the downhill course crosses the cross country course
(Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, New York got underway on Friday.  The only American round of the international series is featuring all three World Cup disciplines: eliminator, cross country and downhill.

Cyclingnews took a look at all three courses, observing some eliminator racing as well as cross country and downhill training.

The World Cup is enjoying perfect weather with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.  The excellent weather and trail conditions are expected to continue throughout the weekend with the downhill finals on Saturday and the cross country finals on Sunday.

Click here for the day 1 gallery or check out full coverage of the elite men's and elite women's eliminator finals.  You can also read the cross country race preview here.