Words by Flow | Images by Flow

As if it were ever in doubt… Nino Schurter, the Swiss magician, wrapped up a flawless season today in Cairns, riding into rainbow stripes once again. The man is a legend.

The final race of Saturday’s XCO bonanza, the Elite Men’s, was truly epic. The battle between Jaroslav Khulhavy, Thomas Litscher and Nino Schurter was intense; Khulhavy’s brutal pace couldn’t unsettle Schurter, who waited until deep in the final lap to hit the afterburners, ripping himself a gap on the climb and then storming the descent to victory.

Aussie Dan McConnell showed incredible grit, clawing his way back into ninth place in exciting style, his best ever World Champs finish too. You can check out the full results here, right after you’ve soaked up our massive gallery below!

Gone in a flash.

Kyle Ward.

Nino Schurter lofts it in off Rodeo Drop. Style, all day long.

Cam past the mob.

Kyle Ward, pumping out of The Crusher.

Khulhavy had the lead for most of the race, with Schurter content to wait patiently till the last lap to make his move.

There was a great crowd round most of the track. The Crusher was a top viewpoint.

Cam Ivory grinds it out.

D-Mac C-Roc.

D-Mac, chasing wheels and clawing back places.

McConnell tames Jacob’s Ladder.

Khulhavy drops into The Crusher.

It’s dusty even when the dust clears..!?

UCI scanning machine missed this motor.

Nino, tidy.

After getting an early front flat, Mark Tupalski decided to spend every descent styling it for the crowds. Respect to this man for always having fun.

Sebastian Jayne and Kyle Ward hit a bottle neck.

Russ Nankervis, hooking in.

Plenty of viewers were tuning into the live feed on their phones course-side.

McConnell.

Lukas Flueckiger.

Yeah, Cairns!

N1no.

Dark places.

D-Mac hunting back through the field.

Selfie with a legend.

Nino wraps up the perfect season. Unbelievable.

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