About 30 hours before the start of the first Red Bull 400 World Championships in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany we start our look behind-the-scenes and follow the transformation of the Hochfirstschanze ski jumping arena from dreamy spot in the Schwarzwald to a vibrant host for more than 1,000 competitors.
Let's start just shy of 08:00, when the first truck arrived at the venue. There was already some work waiting, though, with the goodie bags for the competitors having been delivered the evening before, ready to be put together.
Next milestone: The construction of the main hub tent. At 9am you could only suspect how it would look hours later.
10:00: The start gifts have to be put together as more and more cars and trucks arrive, delivering, among other things, advertising boards – all under disappointingly rainy conditions.
One hour later installation of the speakers is underway and the tent is coming along.
Around noon, the 'store' is about to be transformed into the welcome centre for the athletes, and finally the sun breaks through.
By 13:00 the tent is almost finished and more and more people arrive at the event office.
Finally time for lunch.
Some sunny impressions, while the good weather lasts.
Following some heavy rain, at 16:00 accreditation of the first runners starts and the first Red Bull 400 World Championships became official.