2 days out from race day, it's trend seems to be to hold a VK or Vertical Kilometre race. Short in overall distance, but super steep trails, covering 1000m in vertical gain, it's a time trial against the clock. Typically these races take between 40 and 60 minutes for the fast guys. It was a great opportunity to get up close to the action and see some of the stars of the sport. I chose not to enter!