It may have been the hottest day of the year, but a strong blustery wind and the ever increasing threat of thunderstorms meant riders were not blessed with perfect riding conditions. However, whilst the weather may not have been the most impressive, the riding certainly was.
With temperatures still in the high twenties at the beginning of the evening, it was clear that riders were in for a glorious evening of racing. Indeed, the warm temperatures were enough to cause a distraction in themselves. However, thoughts of weekend barbeques accompanied by a certain epic tennis performance were soon put aside as racing got underway.
Photos: Jun Aishima
The forecast rain didn’t quite materialise – although it could be seen coming down in sheets to the East and West of the track – but the Arctic wind did and the sunshine that lit the track in the opening half hour couldn’t disguise a bitterly cold evening.