Cairns World Champs: XCO Saturday – Elite Men’s Photo Gallery

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 […]

Cairns World Champs – Video: Rainbow Warriors Day 2

Watch Rainbow Warriors Day 1 here featuring the Junior XCO races, plus view our photo gallery here. Want more action from the U23 Men’s XCO? Check out the photo gallery. Not wild enough? Check out our DH practice and seeding coverage here. Stay tuned to Flow’s Facebook all World Champs for daily episodes of Rainbow Warriors.

Cairns World Champs – Pit Walk Randoms

The downhill race track is also a little different to what riders were racing all season, with a steep and rocky start that flattens out toward the finish. That calls for some interesting tech to give the riders the best setup possible. With one quick wander about the pits, we saw some seriously cool stuff, […]

Cairns World Champs – Updated Spectator Access & City Live Site

Updated spectator access – no more long way around to the juicy bits! Choose from six designated spectator zones for the best viewing of racing action, come find us at the Herbies Pocket Live Site above Jacobs Ladder if you’re thirsty. For more on the event – head to mtbworldscairns.com.au The DH track has received a lot of […]

Cairns World Champs: 2017 Australian Team Announced

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) are pleased to confirm the following riders selected to contest the 2017 UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Queensland 5th-10th September 2017. A team of 64 Australian cross-country and downhill riders will compete against the worlds best at the season ending event, held in Australia for the third time. Leading the […]

Cairns World Champs: 2017 Australian Junior DHI Team Announced

The team includes Junior National champions Baxter Maiwald (VIC) and Ellie Smith (NSW) and Oceania Champion Joshua Clark (NSW), as well as a number of world championship debutants. In the lead up to the world championships, a number of the squad will attend a four day training camp in Cairns with national team staff. JUNIOR […]

Cairns World Champs: Volunteers Needed

The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships are seeking volunteers for the World’s premier mountain biking event. The 6-day event will be held from the 5th to 10th September 2017 on the recently upgraded Smithfield Trails and will feature over 300 riders from 35 countries competing in the Cross-Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) disciplines. There […]

Cairns World Champs: 50 Days To Go

Today marks 50 days to go until the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, held at Smithfield Regional Park, James Cook University from the 5 – 10 September 2017. With only two UCI World Cup events remaining before the world’s best mountain bike riders make their way to Australia’s iconic mountain biking destination in […]

#throwbackthursday – 1996 – Dual Slalom At Thredbo and World Champs in Cairns

In 1996: – John Howard became Prime Minster of Australia for the first time. – After a court battle, the first series of Friends screens on the Seven Network, almost two years after it premiered in the United States. – Osama Bin Laden is expelled from Sudan and moves to Afghanistan. – Prince Charles and […]

Worlds In the Tropics: Cairns World Cup and World Champs Cross Country Course Preview

“The UCI, and mountain bikers of Australia have an emotional attachment to Cairns, it was a race destination in the nineties, and its soon to become that again”, says Glen Jacobs of World Trail who are the minds and shovels behind the construction of the upcoming World Cup and World Championship courses. At around 90% […]

World Cup DH Final: Highlights & Aussie Results from Val di Sole

Finals Highlights Women’s Final Watch Tahnee Seagrave’s winning run Men’s Final Watch Aaron Gwin’s winning run Val di Sole Results Women 1. Tahnee Seagrave GBR 2. Myriam Nicole FRA 3. Tracey Hannah AUS 4. Rachel Atherton GBR 5. Eleonora Farina ITA Men 1. Aaron Gwin USA 2. Amaury Pierron FRA 3. Loic Bruni FRA 4. […]

Tropical Trails: Smithfield, Cairns

Know where to look for final approach, and you can see the trails, including the famous downhill start gate with its views out to the reef. The sun strikes the window. I’d left the concrete of Sydney in the dark, and now I’m about to touchdown in a paradise seemingly never touched by cold. If […]

Cairns World Cup: XCO Finals

Under 23 Men The young fellas got it started this early morning, with a strong Australian contingent in the Under 23 men’s race. Scotty Bowden gritted his teeth and hung on for seventh place, the best placed Australian. Trek Australia and the TORQ Merida team had a stack of strong performances too, and massive praise […]

Cairns World Cup: A Taste of Possibility

The day started in soggy fashion, riders emerging from the downhill track coated in filth, which sent mechanics from the more well-resourced teams into a frenzy of mud-proofing. Spike tyres, silicone spray, moto-foam in every crevice – it was all about making the bikes shed mud. The particular blend of Cairns mud is so gloopy, […]

MTBA Announces World Champs Junior Team

Mountain Bike Australia is pleased to announce the Australian XCO and DHI junior team to take part at their respective 2016 World Championships. Eight riders have been selected to represent Australia in the U19 Downhill team for the World Championships to be held in Val Di Sole, Italy in September, while six athletes were selected […]

First Ever Australian Enduro Champs Crowned

Chris Panozzo (VIC) and Em Parkes (ACT) have been crowned as the inaugural Mountain Bike Enduro Australian Champions at a thrilling event presented by Mountain Bike Australia in Palm Cove, Far North Queensland.  The Enduro discipline, also known as Gravity Enduro, has been Mountain Biking’s fastest growing competitive category in recent years.  The popularity stems […]

Winning World Cups with Troy Brosnan, The Interview

Rob Warner: “Is there a detective at the finish line, because Brosnan just murdered that course” Troy Brosnan’s maiden world cup win, at possibly the toughest world cup course on the circuit, Fort William, has been a long time in the making. Two times junior world champion, and a protégé on team Specialized with some […]

Must-Ride: Cairns, Smithfield

The colourful Cairns mountain bike crew deserve a lot credit for the fantastic state of Australian mountain biking today. Back in the 1990s, up in the rainforests of the Kuranda range, a wild bunch on mountain bikes began blazing their own trail. They were developing mountain biking in their own sweaty microcosm, not caring a damn […]

Cairns 2014: XCO Finals

Tropical North Queensland, where everything can kill you, and will probably try… including Mother Nature. After covering the rocks in mud for yesterday’s downhill, the sun came out in backpacker-blistering force today, right in time to cook the world’s best cross country racers. On went the ice vests and out went the mud on a rapidly […]

Video: Helmet Camera Footage of Cairns 2014 World Cup Downhill Track, With Tracey Hannah

World Trail lifted the barriers off the course for a day of track testing and previewing, Tracey Hannah takes a roll down the track with her Sony Action Cam. With a wet season bringing extraordinary amounts or rain between now and the big race in April, World Trail have built a course designed to withstand […]

Fast Heads: Mick and Tracey Hannah

In this interview, I talked with Mick and Tracey Hannah, two of Australia’s top downhill riders. At the time, both riders were fresh off their successes at the 2017 World Championships in Cairns, their home track. From your perspective, is riding about legs and body, or is it your head? Which is more important? Mick […]

Motion Launch Inspire Kit to Support Bec and Dan

But in recent months, Dean has taken up another cause, throwing his support behind two of Australia’s most successful mountain bikers, Dan McConnell and Bec Henderson. Motion have developed a brand new line of kit, the Inspire #becanddan range, with all profits from the sale of every item going directly towards supporting our two leading XCO races to […]

Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Carbon

They’re here to stay To be frank, we’ve heard it all before. Every mountain biker and their Nanna quickly formed an opinion about e-MTBs when Specialized first launched the Turbo Levo. Grannies were divided into those who frustrated their offspring by continually confusing the terms “mountain bike” and “dirt bike”, and those who, until then, […]

Interview: MTBA gains Australian Sports Commission Recognition

Around a week ago, a rather innocuous looking email arrived in the Flow inbox, letting us know that Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA), the peak Australian MTB body, had gained official National Sporting Organisation status. “So what?” you might ask. Well, there’s quite back story here! For a long time now, MTBA has operated in the […]

Rumble in Rocky Enduro: Dust, Rock, Steak and Dust – Racing in QLD with Mates

We are in Rockhampton for the fourth round of the MTBA Gravity Enduro National Series, a place that none of us had visited prior, we’d heard rumours of an expanding network of trails where the weather is absolutely prime in July and as we’d also find out; it’s the steak capital of Australia. Joining us […]

Rumble in Rocky Enduro: Dust, Rock, Steak and Dust

A gang of three walk into a bar: one lightning fast kid from Mt Beauty, one ultimate cyclist from Sydney and an iconic veteran from the Gold Coast. They order a steak, ride a bull and swap tales of roosting their photographer in dusty turns, pounding rocks on bikes and what bike races they were […]

Photo Feature: 20 Years Ago, Shaun Palmers 1996 Intense M1

The story has been told, after narrowly missing out on the gold in Cairns at the World Champs by the narrowest of margins – 0.15 seconds to Nico Vouilloz he got angry and hungry, it was only going to be first place for Palmer. What followed that big event in the Northern QLD were a […]

Lapierre’s all-new 27.5″ downhill bike is here

It’s no secret that Lapierre have been working on a 27.5-wheeled downhill bike for some time now – even last season, Sam Blenkinsop and Loic Bruni were spotted racing on the bigger wheels at the Pietermaritzburg World Cup. So while we have been anticipating the release of a 650B downhill rig, we did not expect it to be […]

Racing: English and Fay Claim Tablelands Classic XCM Marathon

24-hour world champion Jason English (NSW) and Irish national champion Jenny Fay claimed the Tablelands Classic, the fourth round of the Real Insurance Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Series, on a wet and muddy day in the forested Atherton Tablelands. English overcame Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace for the top spot on the elite male podium, […]

Cannonball MTB Festival, Thredbo – Day 3

  We love downhill race day at Thredbo. The long, rough, fast and physical track always makes for awesome racing, so were super excited about the third and final day of the Cannonball MTB Festival. Thredbo has played host to more legendary downhill races than just about any other venue in Australia, and with $5000 […]

Chasing the Butterflies

When Jessica Douglas decided to emerge from retirement just 12 weeks out from the WEMBO World 24-Hour Solo Championships in Italy last May, she didn’t leave herself much time to pack her bags, much less start the usual preparations for the physical and mental ordeal of 24hr racing. Nevertheless, Jess felt confident in her decision […]

Gravitate Returns for 2012

“Come to Cairns,” they said. “You will never ride anything else as steep,” they said. They were right. Cairns holds a special place in the history of mountain biking, especially within Australia. Lead by a group of hardcore, open-minded and adrenaline-filled individuals, who began taking quantum leaps forward to carve a new path in the […]

Specialized 2013 Machines

[SV_VIMEO id=”50951443″] The trails of Cairns are legendary, steeped in history and a firm part of Australian mountain bike folklore. Some of Australia’s greatest racers and most influential mountain bikers have come out of these steamy trails – think of the likes of Ronning, the Hannahs, Kovarik and luminaries like Glen Jacobs. It’s a special […]