Judy Freeman (Team USA) leads the field on the first lap.
Monique Mata (Sho-Air) falls behind Mikela Kofman (Scott-3Rox Racing) after taking an aggressive line through Roots Rock.
Andreanne Pichette (Equipe de Quebec/OPUS/OGC) gets some air through Roots Rock.
Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) tears through Roots Rock.
Laurence Harvey (Equipe de Qubec/Scott Pure Power) cools herself at the top of the hill.
Amanda Sin (Scott 3Rox Racing) grabs a water bottle as a young fan looks on.
Nina Baum (Stan's NoTubes Elite Women) tries to cool off after a long climb.
Jamie Busch (Calmar/Quadzilla Racing) inhales some water at the top of Hari Kari.
Judy Freeman (Team USA) prepares to tear down the Fire Lane.
Monque Mata (Sho-Air) turning to head downhill.
Mikaela Kofman (Scott-3Rox Racing) at the apex of the Fire Lane.
A fan watches Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212/Specialized) make her way down into the Trek rock garden
Home crowd favorite Abby Strigel (Honey Stinger/Bontrager/Pat's) slices around a corner.
Monique Mata (Sho-Air) climbs up the Switch Back on her final lap.
Amanda Sin (Scott 3Rox Racing) powers up a hill with ease.
Krista Park (Cannondale No Tubes) pushes up the Fire Lane.
Haley Smith (Norco Evolution) snakes her way up the Fire Lane.
The crowd watches Judy Freeman (Team USA) making her way across the Dynamite run one last time.
Sam Schultz (Subaru Trek) let's show a big smile on the starting line.
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) makes some final pre-race adjustments.
Mitch Bailey (Trek Canada) does not seem nervous.
Sam Schultz (Subaru Trek) scans the course ahead as he waits for the starter's pistol.
Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) epitomizes the calm before the storm.
The playing field is set.
Sam Schultz (Subaru Trek) and Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) power off the line.
Sam Schultz (Subaru Trek) Jermey Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) and Raphael Gagne (Equipe du Quebec/Rocky Mountain Factory) lead the field back into the Starting grid from the Parade loop.
Sam Schultz (Subaru Trek) leads Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) down through the Double D.
Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) drops into the Double D.
MItch Bailey (Trek Canada) plows through the dust.
Spectators line the crest of the hill as riders work their way up the Switchback.
Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) holds on through Hang On.
Sam Schultz (Subaru Trek) and Raphael Gange (Equipe du Quebec / Rocky Mountain Factory) work their way through Hang On.
Howard Grotts (Specialized Racing) descends through Hang On.
Ryan Woodall (MTFmx.com / Top Gear) winds his way through Hang On.
Colin Cares (Kendra / Felt) bounches off a rock on Hang On
Kevin McConnell (Mercy-Specialized) carves his way through the trees.
Chris Peariso (Adventure212 / Specialized) keeps his eyes on the trail through a powdery curve.