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The dust is deep and the sun is scorching. After an epic day of DH practice, racers have just laid down their timed runs and given us some numbers to gawk at. Hometown hero Mick Hannah was fastest with Jack Moir in 3rd while Mick’s sister Tracey was the 3rd fastest woman. Are we looking at a fairytale outcome on Sunday?


There’s no chairlift, so it’s stinky bus rides and shuttling of very nice bikes, securely!

Elite Men (Timed Session) 

1. Mick Hannah – 3:30.620 – AUS
2. Loïc Bruni – 3:31.730
3. Jack Moir – 3:32.870 – AUS
4. Aaron Gwin – 3:33.120
5. Rudy Cabirou – 3:34.810

12. Sam Hill – AUS
21. Connor Fearon – AUS
24. Josh Button – AUS
30. Dean Lucas – AUS
37. Jake Newell – AUS
62. Troy Brosnan – AUS

Elite Women (Timed Session) 

1. Tahnée Seagrave – 4:03.420
2. Myriam Nicole – 4:06.160
3. Tracey Hannah – 4:10.090 – AUS
4. Emilie Siegenthaler – 4:14.550
5. Eleonora Farina – 4:18.620

9. Danielle Beecroft – AUS
11. Ronja Hill-Wright – AUS
13. Tegan Molloy – AUS
14. Sian A’Hern – AUS
15. Kellie Weinert – AUS
16. Shelly Flood – AUS
17. Kaitlin Lawlor – AUS

Junior Men (Seeding) 

1. Finn Iles – 3:38.000
2. Joshua Clark – 3:40.360 – AUS
3. Joe Breeden – 3:43.980
4. Harry Parsons – 3:45.170 – AUS
5. Matt Walker – 3:46.650
6. Ben Zwar – 3:48.360 – AUS
7. Pat Butler – 3:50.110 – AUS

12. Darcy Coutts – AUS
14. Matthew Carter – AUS
15. Baxter Maiwald – AUS
40. Bryce Heathcote – AUS

Junior Women (Seeding) 

1. Shania Rawson – 4:32.450
2. Paula Zibasa – 4:38.490
3. Flora Lesoin – 4:40.850
4. Ellie Smith – 4:42.700 – AUS
5. Melanie Chappaz – 4:44.340

12. Sally Potter – AUS

Full results can be found here.

Feast your eyes on our photo gallery from DH practice below.

Welcome to the jungle

Mick Hannah was the fastest in the Official Timed Session. The crowd will be behind him on Sunday!

France’s Loic Bruni was second fastest

Look closely at Bruni’s frame and fork. The data collection from practice seems to have paid off in the Official Timed Session!

France’s Loris Vergier ready to drop in

After a flat tyre in Val di Sole destroyed Greg Minnaar’s hopes of the World Cup title (and his rear wheel), he’ll be very keen to lay down a clean run on Sunday.

Five time World Champion Sam Hill is currently leading the Enduro World Series, with one round to go. Having only raced one World Cup DH this year, he was fortunate to make it on the Worlds team. Will his EWS dominating Nukeproof Mega carbon prototype help or hinder him in Cairns?

Josh Button (left) had the race of his life at last year’s Cairns World Cup. His teammate Connor Fearon has been off the bike while recovering from hand surgery, but they are both riders to watch out for!

Imagine what’s going through his head. He really wants this one.

Jack Moir had a sensational World Cup season and was 3rd fastest in the Official Timed Session. Watch this space.

The UK’s Gee Atherton

Arguably 2017’s most consistent downhiller, Troy Brosnan had six top 6 World Cup finishes, seeing him 2nd overall.

Jake Newell winding up his trademark whip

So much dust

NZ’s Sam Blenkinsop getting wild in practice

NZ’s Brook Macdonald

Jack Reading sending Mick’s Drop

 

Reigning World Champion running the #1 plate, the UK’s Danny Hart.

 

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