The ten or so seconds between when Tracey Hannah went over the bars in her race run and when she finally got the wheels rolling again was the longest we can remember. She was on a blinder, and the collective feeling of shock which reverberated around the finish arena when she went flying into the vines was crushing. The amazingly dusty surface was so unpredictable, and Tracey has simply pushed too hard at the wrong time.
As she got cranking again, and hit the next split, the arena went bananas. Somehow, god knows, she was only two seconds back! But there was no miracle finish, and Tracey’s World Champs dream would end with a bronze medal. Tahnee Seagrave, the other favourite, also went down hard, and suddenly the race was there for the taking – Canadian Miranda Miller seized it.
Danni Beecroft absolutely killed it too, charging to fourth, with Sian A’hern also grabbing a top ten. You can get the full results here, and jump in below for our massive photo gallery.
It was a truly amazing race. Sam Hill, the people’s champ, held the hot seat for over 50 riders before Mick Hannah strung together the perfect run and knocked him to the second step. It looked like an unbeatable ride, but Loic Bruni did it to us again here in Cairns, grabbing the rainbow stripes out from under Mick’s nose. Jack Moir and Troy Brosnan, the last two Aussies down the hill couldn’t make it an Australian gold, and so we settle for silver.
All the results are available here and jump into the photo gallery below to feel all the drama.
The junior men’s racing always has an element of crazy to it, but amongst the madness, there was one battle that everyone was focused on – the showdown between Matt Walker of Great Britain, and Canadian star Finn Illes.
Illes was the last rider down the hill, and he buckled under the pressure, making mistakes that were seriously out of character. Walker will wear the rainbow stripes, and we’re sure that Illes will learn a lot from the experience. Full results are up right here.
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!
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.
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.
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, have a look here.
“After years of dedication, hard work, training and resilience, he has already achieved so much. Sam puts in 110% at work, school and his riding. He has an amazingly supportive family and friendship circle. It’s no wonder he is smashing goals and getting the results he is. He is an amazing young man and we enjoy having him in the shop, We are so proud he is on board with Sprung and representing both us, and Australia at the UCI Worlds in Cairns. Go team Fox!” – Troy Reilly / Owner operator SPRUNG
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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 work to allow easier foot traffic up and down the course, so there’ll be less tramping through the jungle to get to your favourite section of track to watch the race, good news for sure. In the previous World Cup events on the same track, spectators would have to walk the LONG way around to reach the whoops and rock gardens up high, but for this World Champs, there’s a track right up alongside the race track.
Cairns City Live Site
From Thursday to Sunday, the CBD will host a Live Site right next to the Cairns Lagoon with a stage playing all the action, DJ’s, live music, stunt rider demos, family activities and a mini-expo. Oh, and a BBQ.
What to do after hours?
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 cross-country athletes will be national elite champion’s Daniel McConnell (ACT) and Rebecca Henderson (ACT).
While spearheading the downhillers is Troy Brosnan (SA) and Tracey Hannah (QLD), who have won World Cups this season in Andorra and Fort William respectively.
This year welcomes the return of downhill legend Sam Hill (WA), a five-time world champion.
MTBA CEO Shane Coppin expects the Aussies to make their mark over the five-day competition, “Australia can be very proud of the team that has been selected and we know they will certainly be giving it a red hot crack in front of a very vocal home crowd.”
ELITE MEN DHI
Troy Brosnan (SA)
Jack Moir (NSW)
Connor Fearon (SA)
Michael Hannah (QLD)
Dean Lucas (VIC)
Sam Hill (WA)
Joshua Button (NSW)
Jake Newell (NSW)
Reserves: Jackson Frew; Graeme Mudd
ELITE WOMEN DHI
Tracey Hannah (QLD)
Ronja Hill-Wright (ACT)
Danielle Beecroft (NSW)
Tegan Molloy (NSW)
Kellie Weinert (NSW)
Sian A’Hern (NSW)
Katie Lawlor (QLD)
Shelly Flood (SA)
ELITE MEN XCO
Daniel McConnell (ACT)
Cameron Ivory (NSW)
Kyle Ward (NSW)
Mark Tupalski (ACT)
Adrian Jackson (VIC)
Russell Nankervis (VIC)
Sebastian Jayne (VIC)
U23 MEN XCO
Tasman Nankervis (VIC)
Reece Tucknott (WA)
Ben Bradley (TAS)
Alex Lack (TAS)
Callum Carson (NSW)
Nick Pedler (QLD)
Michael Potter (NSW)
Luke Brame (NSW)
Reserve: Michael Denton
ELITE WOMEN XCO
Rebecca Henderson (ACT)
Peta Mullens (VIC)
Kathryn McInerney (VIC)
Eliza Kwan (ACT)
Sarah Riley (VIC)
Anna Beck (QLD)
Tory Thomas (VIC)
U23 WOMEN XCO
Holly Harris (NSW)
Megan Williams (QLD)
Charlotte Culver (NSW)
A number of riders will contest the final round of the World Cup season at Val di Sole, Italy 26-27 August, before returning to Australia for the world championships.
If you missed it, we announced the Junior Downhill Worlds Team here.
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 MEN DHI
JUNIOR WOMEN DHI
Ellie Smith (NSW)
Sally Potter (NSW)
The remainder of the Australian team for the world championships will be released early next month.
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 are still vital shifts to fill on both the XCO and DHI courses, as well as help needed in Timing, Accreditation, Event Services and Sport Services. There’ll be plenty of training provided, so you don’t need experience, just a friendly and approachable manner with a positive, can-do attitude!
As a volunteer, not only will you become a crucial member of the event team, you’ll receive a heap of freebies, and best of all, have front row seats to all the action!
Visit the website for more details: mtbworldscairns.com.au
Or register directly here.
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 Cairns, Australians are dominating in the Downhill discipline, currently holding the male and female number one UCI ranking.
Fans will be relishing the looming battle between home town hero Hannah and legendary Downhill rider and current world number three, Britain’s Rachel Atherton, which is shaping up to be one of the sport’s biggest showdowns in Cairns this September. Atherton, undefeated since 2014 until a heavy crash four weeks ago, has previously had the edge over her Aussie rival, but Hannah will bring a new level of confidence after her recent World Cup win and top of the table ranking.
Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green said the form of the Australian riders would ramp up excitement levels for spectators travelling to Cairns for the World Championships.
“All Australian mountain bike fans should be booking their tickets to Cairns. The upgrades to fan routes and zones in the rainforest will make it easy to get out on the course and cheer on Tracey, Troy and the other Aussie riders.” – Nick Green
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) World Championships provided an incredible opportunity to showcase Tropical North Queensland globally.
“The appeal of Tropical North Queensland is another enticing factor with the destination offering an array of adventure tourism experiences like mountain biking, and also known as home to amazing natural assets from some of the world’s oldest rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef.” – Kate Jones
The most notable change to the schedule is the shift of the two disciplines from last year’s World Cup format. This year the Cross Country (XCO) competition will be contested on Saturday 9 September while the Downhill (DHI) event will take place on Sunday 10 September.
Prices for adult tickets start from $15 and $40 for families with children under 10 FREE to experience explosive action from the worlds best Mountain Bike athletes.
Tickets can be purchased via the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Championships website, visit – mtbworldscairns.com.au
Travel packages are now also on sale via Flight Centre for those looking to travel to Cairns for the event.