Photo Gallery: Images from the Offenburg World Cup

Elite racers awoke to bright sunshine and comfortable temperatures on Sunday morning in Offenburg, Germany, where round three of the UCI cross country mountain bike World Cup will be run today.  The elite women and under 23 women race first, followed by the elite men.

Cyclingnews walked the approximately 5km course.  It's very shady, but the sun does come through the mostly forested course in places.  The course is well packed and riding fast.  Recent rains mean it's not too dusty.  The elite men will race seven laps while the elite women do five, and the under 23 women do four.

On Friday night, the action got underway with the eliminator.  Riders qualified with an individual time trial on a short course that was a bit like a short track.  Following qualification, heats of six led to the finals.

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage after today's races..

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.