Cairns World Champs: Men’s Downhill

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.

Sam Hill was the first rider down the hill and he held the hot seat for over 50 riders before he was bumped off.
Hill lunges for the line.
Sam Hill settled in for a long stint in the sun.
And the winner for the loudest air horn of the day goes to… this bloke.
Gee Atherton has had a season to forget. 18th place.
Connor Fearon charges into the finish.
Josh Button had a tough run. Cooked.
The lunatics had really taken over the asylum up on the hill.
Dean Lucas, 12th.
Dean Lucas.
Don’t ask. This crew were going bananas.
9:30am, World Champs Downhill Finals Day. Tim and Danny from Thredbo.
Greg Minnaar was seen running some pretty light tyres in practice. Not sure if he kept them on for racing, but he was the victim of a flat and out of contention.
Mick Hannah was the man everyone was watching. The pressure must’ve been huge, but he still strung together a flawless run to take the lead by 5.5 seconds over then leader Sam Hill.
Hannah through the dusty first corner.

Would the dream of a World Champs win finally come true for Mick Hannah?

Aaron Gwin’s run was peppered with little mistakes that all added up, including forgetting to unlock his rear shock after the whoops.
Jack Moir was another top contender, tipped hotly for the win. He’d finish fourth in the end.
Jack Moir.

Bruni arrives and crushes the Hannah dream by 0.339 of a second.

America’s lone top ten appearance was Aaron Gwin.
Awaiting the arrival of Loic Bruni.
Troy Brosnan was the last rider down the hill, but he couldn’t knock off Bruni.

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. 

There’s always something a little loose about the juniors…
Josh Clark was the top ranked Aussie, and the second last rider down the hill, but ended up in 14th.
Ben Zwar was the top placed Aussie junior man, in 6th.
Darcy Coutts, 11th.
Patty Butler.
Custom Aussie Junior helmets, made possible by Office Works.
Pointy, hard.
Fair dinkum!
This horrendous crash early in the day was a stark reminder just how rough downhill can be. We’re glad to report this rider is ok-ish, with a broken hip.
Finn Illes was the favourite, but he threw it away with silly mistakes, including blowing both feet out of the pedals after the rock garden.
A devastated Finn Illes.
Matt Walker of Great Britain takes the win by over three seconds.

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

Australia’s squad of six elite women was headed up by Bec Henderson, along with Peta Mullens, Eliza Kwan, Kath Mcinerney, Anna Beck and Tori Thomas. Get into the dust below, with our huge photo gallery and grab the full results here.

The UCI has taken to scanning every bike with what looks like a Gameboy to check for hidden motors in the XCO. Peta Mullens snuck her’s through somehow.
Eliza Kwan limbers up.

All Aussie eyes were on Bec to see what she could pull out of the bag. 20th place was a great result.

The Swiss instantly took control of the race, with Jolanda Neff setting the pace the whole way.

Andy Blair, on the sidelines this time.
Kath Mcinerney and Anna Beck come out of the feed zone side by side.
Eliza Kwan tries to cool it down.
Pete Dowse had the important job of keeping Bec fed and hydrated.
Yana Belomoina pulled the pin early, retiring after just a lap or two.
Eliza Kwan hand plants her way through a tricky, tight switchback.
Bec Henderson.
Great Britain’s Annie Last rode amazingly well, fighting through the Swiss into second.
Anna Beck, using the dropper post to full effect to hammer down Crocslide.
Jolanda Neff just out climbed the entire field.
Third place for Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
Anna Beck.
Karla Stepanova.
This course is brutal. Bleeding noses, broken bikes. The Swiss support crew swing into action.
Peta Mullens through the feed zone.
Dean Clark hands a bottle to Kath Mcinerney.
Neff rolls into rainbow stripes.
The battle isn’t over till you’ve crossed that line. Henderson on the final straight.
Tah dah!
Plenty of emotion back in the team tent.

Cairns World Champs: XCO Saturday – Under 23 Women’s Photo Gallery

Holly Harris in Hotel Australia.
The start line blur.
Megan Williams grits her teeth and holds on in the open lap.
Harris in the hunt.
Harris, wings out on the descent.

The dusty rocks continue to claim skin.

USA’s Kate Courtney’s race started out badly, but she fought back to second place.
Even the lead moto was getting loose on the rocks today.
Williams grabs a bottle.

Charlotte Culver.
Sina Frei grabs the gold.
The Swiss domination of XCO is phenomenal.

Cairns World Champs – Junior XCO Glory!

Cameron Wright, out in front on lap one. He’d own this position from go to whoa.

Cameron Wright stormed the field today in the Junior Men’s, leaving a dusty, shellshocked train in his wake, riding the kind of aggressive race that was only going to end one way: with a gold medal around his neck. This is the first XCO World Championship won by an Aussie for over a decade, and it was done in dominating style. Bloody ripper!

Give ’em the horns! Sam Fox on the rollers.

Today it was all about the XCO, and it was a bloody good outing for the Australian team overall – Matt Dinham took seventh in the Junior men’s, and our junior women were fearless, stomping the A-Lines all day in some pretty hairy conditions. The team spirit is high, let’s keep it rolling!

Yep, it was dusty. Very, very dusty. Very.

Did Nanna drop the talcum powder? Cairns continues its run of serving up weather extremes – this time it’s not mud riders are contending with, but blinding, choking dust, the ankle deep powder making it seriously treacherous on the rocks. Put your front wheel into a hidden rut or grab a little too much brake and it’s game over! We saw a tonne of riders flung down the cheese grater of Jacobs Ladder, or walloping themselves after coming in a little nose heavy on Rodeo Drop. With a few hundred more sets of wheels over the course during the next couple of days, it’s going to like the surface of the moon by the time we reach Saturday’s XCO main events.

What a day, what a place, it’s good to be back in Cairns, and it’s even better to see Australia on the top step! Make sure you watch our Rainbow Warriors edit now for all the behind the scenes action from the Aussie team too.

Sarah Huck-A-Lot Tucknott, launching into Rodeo Drop.
Sarah Tucknott saying cool, but about to drop pedal into dusty furnace.
Teagan Atherstone – we’ve never seen someone with such a permanent smile, even when suffering through a World Champs race!
Courtney Snowball in the z.o.n.e.
Courtney Snowball’s biggest fan.

Olivia Nendrick, after the storm.
Grovel, hurt, suffer – it’s World Champs after all, you don’t want to leave anything out there. 
“Give it your all, and if you die trying, die happy.” Bet those gels tasted pretty average covered in dust!
See what we mean about Teagan and smiling?
Tony Tucknott, proud as.
Teagan. Smiling. Standard.

Courtney Snowball, edging for the inside line.
Blood and dust.

Ah, the soothing sounds of knobby tyres on rollers.

Oh yeah!
Dinham launching into seventh.
Kian Lerch-Mackinnon barrels into Caterpillars.
Dusty Ben Metcalfe, looking calm through Jacob’s Ladder.
Jasper Albrecht.
Dust storm.
Powdery dust EVERYWHERE.
Hazy dayz.
Isaac Buckell.
The only non-dusty man in the race, Cameron Wright.
Buckell up.
Flying into stripes.

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, have a look here.

Jack Moir with the only carbon 29er from Intense. It’s a monster of a bike, he’s a lanky fellow, hence the tall front end.
The tight and compact JS Tuned linkage sits right down low in the bikes chassis.
Lukas Flukiger’s BMC really grabbed our attention with so many sweet little mods and details to point out.
A little weight taped to the rim opposite the valve, that’s a small little detail if there was one.
Carbon KS dropper post.
Connor Fearon’s top tube.
Danni Beecroft so stoked with the paint job from Pivot.

So prototypo. A typo, or a prototype?

Wyn Masters happily dialing in his GT with ACDC album covers stickered over his frame.
Someone help Patti Butler out, he’s in need of a bottle of shampoo.
The downhill bike everyone is talking about, well, it’s not even a downhill bike.
Sam Hill brought both his DH bike and enduro bike to Cairns but has decided on the latter, a small bike for this course for sure. His reasoning was simply that he’s not ridden his DH bike since the Fort William World Cup where he raced to qualify for the World Champs, and the EWS series has tracks far steeper and more technical than this DH track, though not quite as fast you’d have to think. The Nukeproof has a 180mm RockShox Lyrik up the front and the only change from his EWS setup is a DH 7-speed drivetrain.
Marcelo Gutierrez on the Giant Glory.
A FOX shock with remote lockout going onto Brook Macdonalds GT.
Iron Maiden album covers for the Kiwi.
Neko Mulally’s YT Tues is a real beauty, the finish is sublime.

Cairns World Champs – Updated Spectator Access & City Live Site

The XC and DH courses have been updated for even better access for spectating!

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

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.

Want to watch the bikes and bodies flying everywhere at the rock garden? No more long walk around the back side of the mountain needed, straight up the course you go!

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.

Cairns City Live Site Hub, right next to the lagoon in town.

What to do after hours?

Event Schedule.

See you there!

Australian DH, Trials & 4X Team For 2016 World Championships

Mountain Bike Australia is pleased to announce the riders selected to represent Australia at the Downhill, Four Cross (4X) and Trials UCI MTB World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, 3-11 September.

The team of 20 includes current and former world champions plus juniors earning selection on the team for the first time. 

Janine Jungfels (QLD) became the first ever Australian to win a Trials world championship when she defeated the might of the Europeans in Andorra, Spain in 2015. 

The current national champion was also named as Cycling Australia 2015 Female Mountain Biker Of The Year. 

Reigning national elite men and women’s champion Troy Brosnan (SA) and Tracey Hannah (QLD) will carry the hopes of the team in the downhill. 

Brosnan is currently second on the world cup standings, with Hannah third in the women’s, with both having finished second at the Cairns world cup earlier this year. 

In the juniors, Jackson Frew (ACT) will be out to improve upon the bronze medal he won last year in Spain.  

Three-time 4X world champion Caroline Buchanan (ACT) will mark her return to the mountain bike arena for the first time in three years, after she took out the 2013 world championships in South Africa. 

MTBA President Russ Baker congratulated the riders selected to represent Australia in the 2016 World Championships in Downhill, Observed Trials and Four Cross.   

“It is a great honour to be selected to represent your country. This team has a great mix of youth and experience, which includes current and previous World Champions. Their experience will be of great benefit to the new riders and to the whole team. My congratulations and best wishes to all the riders in the Australian Team, and my thanks to the families, clubs, supporters and sponsors who have helped them along the path to the pinnacle of their sport.” 

Australian Team for the 2016 UCI MTB World Championships:

DHI Elite Men                                                 DHI JUNIORS


Troy Brosnan                                                  Jackson Frew              

Connor Fearon                                                Joshua Clark

Michael Hannah                                              Remy Morton  

Josh Button                                                     Harry Bush

Graeme Mudd                                                 Harry Parsons

Dean Lucas                                                     Baxter Maiwald

Jack Moir                                                         Ben Zwar

                                                                        Sian A’Hern


DHI Elite Women                                            4X


Tracey Hannah                                              Caroline Buchanan

Danielle Beecroft

Tegan Molloy                                                  TRIALS

Michelle Crisp *

Ronja Hill-Wright *                                          Janine Jungfels


* athlete has declined nomination

Australian Riders Selected for UCI XCO MTB World Championships

A mix of youth and experience will represent Australia at the UCI MTB XCO World Championships at Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic later this month.

Nine riders have been endorsed by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) to contest the elite men and women cross country as well as the Under 23 men and women.

Together with the Australian Juniors announced in April, this brings the total Australian team for the 2016 World Championships to 15. 

World number nine and current national elite men’s champion Daniel McConnell (ACT) along with world number 18 and national women’s champion Rebecca Henderson (ACT) will spearhead the Australian contingent. _LOW3002_LOW2907

McConnell will be competing at his seventh world championship in the elite men’s category, with a 27th back in 2012 his best result. 

While for Henderson, it will be her third time racing against the best elite women in the world at the championships, placing 15th two years ago.

Peta Mullens (VIC), a former national champion and current Australian marathon cross-country titleholder, makes her return to the world championship stage for a second time, the last back in 2014. _LOW2853

Australia’s second and third ranked elite males Cameron Ivory (NSW) and Brendan Johnston (ACT) will also don the green and gold kit in their second time competing at the elite level at a world championship. _LOW3326FLOW4587

Scott Bowden (TAS) has contested the world champs two times before in the under 23 category both times finishing within the top 40. _LOW2376

While Reece Tucknott (WA) makes his second appearance on the big stage in the U23 along with Holly Harris (NSW) racing in the under 23 women. _LOW2519_LOW2810

“It is a great honour for these riders to wear the green and gold and I congratulate them on their selection,” said Mountain Bike Australia president Russell Baker. 

“The XCO world championships are brought forward in an Olympic year, bringing the event closer to our regular season and this team represents a good mix of youth and experience and I wish them all well for the world championships in Nove Mesto na Morave.” 

The world championships commence 28th June, 2016. 

Full representative list:

Elite Men

Daniel McConnell

Cameron Ivory

Brendan Johnston


Elite Women

Rebecca Henderson

Peta Mullens


U23 Men

Scott Bowden

Tasman Nankervis

Reece Tucknott


U23 Women

Holly Harris

Junior Men

Micheal Harris

Kian McKinnon

Luke Pankhurst

Nick Pedler

Jack Feltham

Junior Women

Sarah I’ons

Bruni & Vergier Against the World Episode 5 – The Bruni Episode

On 6th September 2015 Loic Bruni finally achieved what had seemed from the outside to be almost unbelievably difficult for so long… A first big Elite race win on the biggest stage of them all, the UCI World Championships in Andorra.

Crossing the line over 2 seconds up on South African rider Greg Minnaar with only Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin left at the top, it seemed like nearly the whole world was hoping that this would finally be the day that Loic Bruni would end his duck and finish on the top step of the podium. “Come on Bruni… Come on. This has to be your day for once” even one of his biggest competitors of 2015 Greg Minnaar was willing the Frenchman to victory whilst sat in the hotseat.

Relive this amazing race; one which is surely up there with some of the classic World Championships of the past in Bruni & Vergier Against the World Episode 5, the last in the first season! Including footage from the last World Cup in Val Di Sole as well as the very first footage of Bruni riding in the famous Rainbow Jersey on Mont Ventoux in the South of France.

The Creative Concept team has spent all year shooting Bruni and Vergier behind the scenes in this first season of a very successful series, culminating in the most incredible way with this fairytale ending. After working on two full length film projects “Life on Wheels” with the Lapierre Gravity Republic team in 2013 and 2014, it was time to move on to a new production in 2015 and one which wouldn’t be possible without the help of some amazing sponsors. The team would like to thank Lapierre, Sram, Ride 100% and Lizard Skins for their support and help creating this series. We simply couldn’t do it without you guys!

We can’t wait for 2016 and sharing Season 2 of Bruni & Vergier Against the World with you all! Thanks for watching the series and see you next year!

Bruni & Vergier Against the World is supported by Lapierre, SRAM, Ride 100% and Lizard Skins.

Produced by Creative Concept

Greg Minnaar – Putting It Together

In this mini documentary we follow Greg Minnaar, South African downhill legend, in his quest for his fourth rainbow jersey. He knows how to win it, he knows how to put it all together in the final run. It’s his specialty.

But can he do it again in Vallnord, Andorra, during the 2015 World Championships?

Special thanks and credits to Greg Minnaar, the Santa Cruz – Syndicate team, Red Bull Media House and UCI for the access and cooperation during the World Championships 2015 in Vallnord.


Video Highlight From World Champs Downhill

Last weekends UCI World Championships featured downhill mountain bike racing at its very best. Changeable conditions, an incredible track and some of the highest-level riding we’ve ever seen.

The World Championships occupy a strange place in cycling folklore. Some, like the American Aaron Gwin, the reigning UCI World Cup title holder, believe them to be of comparatively little relevance by comparison with a multi-round contest. For others however, the Sam Hill’s and Greg Minnaar’s, the ‘one race to rule them all’ is pressure-cooker perfection. It’s a one-run, winner-take-all game of poker; the ultimate rider vs track showdown.

Watch the race reply via the link below.

Janine Jungfels Crowned Observed Trials World Champion

Janine Jungfels has emerged victorious to be crowned Observed Trials World Champion at the MTB and Trials World Championships in Andorra.

In Observed Trials, riders cover six sections of a varied and interesting course featuring logs, rocks, rivers and machinery three times, try to accumulate as few points as possible.  Points are given to competitors for putting feet on the ground, with five is the maximum number of points that can be lost on a particular section.

Jungfels , who qualified third for the final, produced a truly masterful performance to finish on just 22 points, defeating Slovakia’s Tatiana Janickova by an incredible 10 points, while Germany’s Nina Reichenbach was third.

The result is Australia’s first ever Observed Trials World Championship title, and just our second ever medal after Jungfels also finished third last year.

2015 UCI MTB World Championships – XC Eliminator Highlights

Three Australian’s were in action overnight in the Cross-Country Eliminator, with the first of the world championships crowns up for grabs at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra.

Located at over 7300 feet above sea level, our Aussie riders were forced to battle both the tough competition and the high altitude, in what was a taxing day in the saddle.

Paul Van Der Ploeg, the 2013 World Champion in this discipline, was joined by Cam Ivory in the elite men, while Em Parkes was in action in the elite women.  All three riders managed to qualify for the quarter-finals, qualifying in 14th, 16th and 10th respectively.

In the  quarter finals, Van Der Ploeg was unfortunately involved in a big crash and was airlifted for medical treatment, thankfully he will make a full recovery. He finished in 16th position.

Ivory rode well to finish in 12th behind Austria’s Daniel Federspiel who was crowned world champion, while Parkes finished in 9th behind Switzerland’s Linda Indergand.

Attention for Australia now turns to the Cross-Country Team Relay, which is scheduled to get underway at tonight at 7pm EST.

* Watch Paul Van Der Ploeg’s crash after a collision with the Italian racer, at the 1:59:29 mark in the video above.

Cam Ivory, Paul van der Ploeg and Em Parkes.
Cam Ivory, Paul van der Ploeg and Em Parkes.

The 900 metre circuit saw the riders sprint to get the front position before a series of zig-zag turns that took them into a singletrack wooded section. A steep climb out of the woods onto the finishing straight left a final opportunity for a fast finisher to possibly move up before the line.

Cam Ivory.
Paul Van Der Ploeg.

The men’s field boasted all of the previous world champions for this discipline – Ralph Naef (Switzerland), Paul van der Ploeg (Australia) and defending champion Fabrice Mels (Belgium). Showing the depth of talent in the field, none of them would make the final. Federspiel was joined in the final by Samuel Gaze (New Zealand), Simon Gegenheimer (Germany) and Kevin Miquel (France).

Em Parkes.

Switzerland dominated the women’s heats, putting three of the four riders that made the final – Indergand, defending champion Kathrin Stirnemann and Ramona Forchini. Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Norway) took the last spot.

MTBA Announce World Champs Team

MTBA is pleased to announce those riders selected to represent Australia at the upcoming UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra from August 31 to September 6.

Headlining the strong 39-member Australian team, will be downhill sensation Troy Brosnan, who has been in the mix all season long in the UCI World Cup, and will be hoping to improve on his third placed medal last year in Hafjell. In the junior men, Australia boasts a strong contingent of medal chances, most notably Andrew Crimmins and Jackson Frew. 

























































































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In the elite women’s downhill, Tracey Hannah will be looking to replicate the form that saw her grab bronze two years ago in Pietermaritzburg, while reigning junior world champion Tegan Molloy will keep everyone on their toes having made the step up to the elite class. 

In the elite men’s cross country, Daniel McConnell will be chasing his first world championships medal, buoyed by his fifth placed performance at the World Cup round in Windham last weekend. Rebecca Henderson will lead the charge in the elite women, looking to improve on her 15th place last year.

Finally, Janine Jungfels offers another strong medal prospect for Australia in the women’s Observed Trials, after coming off an impressive second place in last weekend’s World Cup, and will be our only female OT representative.  

MTBA President Russ Baker congratulated the members of the Australian Team on their selection and emphasised the importance on competing on the world stage.   

“It is a great honour to be selected to represent your country and this team of our best riders provides a mix of experienced world-level campaigners together with some for whom this will be the first time they wear the green and gold,” Baker said.

“I would like to congratulate all the riders on their achievement in making the team and wish them well in Andorra. While we have medal prospects in all disciplines, all these Australians will benefit from the exposure to the highest level of competition available, and we will all be supporting you from back home. Good luck.”

Please note that any appeal against a decision of the selectors, “must be lodged within 48 hours of the public announcement of the selections on the MTBA website,” as dictated under section 6.2 of the ‘General Selection Eligibility Criteria and Appeals Guide.’ 

However, because of the impending weekend, MTBA is prepared to extend this period by a further 48 hours. As such all appeals must be lodged no later than 6pm EST, Tuesday August 18, 2015.

For more information, please visit this link:

You can follow the fortunes of our Aussie time as they take on the world via our website and social media platforms.

N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Chapter 1 Work Hard Play Hard

Nino Schurter belongs on the list of the most successful mountain bike athletes in history. The 3 time World Champion is the leader of SCOTT Odlo MTB Racing, the international XC team run by bike legend Thomas Frischknecht.

“N1NO – The Hunt for Glory” is Nino Schurter`s first set of “webisodes.” The new video series features various chapters illustrating Nino`s colourful life as a professional mountain bike athlete during the pre-olympic year. It´s not only about how Nino prepares for the biggest goal of his career, the golden medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but it‘s also about shredding trails, travelling around the world, and all the fun that mountain biking brings.


2015 Australian U19 Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike Teams Announced

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is delighted to announce the 2015 Australian U19 Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike athletes that will represent Australia at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra from the 1 – 6 September. 

Cross Country

Liam Jeffries (VIC) will headline the U19 Men’s Cross Country Team following a great start to the year that saw him take home gold medals in both the Subaru National Mountain Bike Championships and the Oceania Mountain Bike Championships.

Alongside Jeffries will be Bryan Dunkin (NSW), Luke Brame (NSW) and Alex Lack (TAS) who placed second, third and fourth respectively in this year’s Subaru National Championships, as well as Michael Potter (NSW), who took home silver in this year’s Oceania Championships.

Fourth placed junior rider in the Oceania Championships, Callum Carson (NSW), rounds out the Men’s team.

2015 Junior National Champion Megan Williams (QLD) will represent Australia in the U19 Women’s Cross Country category. 


The seven-member U19 Men’s Downhill team is stacked with talented athletes, including this year’s Junior Oceania Champion, Junior National Champion and National Series winner Andrew Crimmins (NSW), as well as Max Warshawsky (QLD) who placed second in the National Series.

Accompanying them to Andorra will be Remy Morton (QLD), who placed second in the National Championships earlier this month, Jackson Frew (ACT), Joel Willis (NSW), Harry Bush (QLD) and Dan Booker (TAS). 

Multi-disciplined rider and Junior National Downhill Champion Ellie Wale (VIC) will be representing the U19 Women.

MTBA President Russ Baker congratulated the riders, “It is a great honour to be selected to represent your Country. I congratulate all these riders on their achievements and hard work, and also thank the parents and supporters who encourage and support them in mountain biking.” 

The full list of riders is below.


2015 Australian U19 Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike Teams

U19 Men’s Cross Country Team

  • Liam Jeffries (VIC)
  • Bryan Dunkin (NSW)
  • Luke Brame (NSW)
  • Alex Lack (TAS)
  • Michael Potter (NSW)
  • Callum Carson (NSW)


  • Foley Lachal (VIC)
  • Guy Frail (NSW)

U19 Women’s Cross Country Team

  • Megan Williams (QLD)

U19 Men’s Downhill Team

  • Andrew Crimmins (NSW)
  • Max Warshawsky (QLD)
  • Remy Morton (QLD)
  • Jackson Frew (ACT)
  • Joel Willis (NSW)
  • Harry Bush (QLD)
  • Dan Booker (TAS) 

U19 Women’s Downhill Team

  • Ellie Wale (VIC)

2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: All you need to know

More teams, more countries represented (including newcomers China, Indonesia, Iran and Israel), and larger audiences: the 2015 season of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano looks like being as enthralling as ever. A quick overview of the nine rounds of the season, which starts on April 11 and will be available on Red Bull TV:

  • Two new rounds: Lourdes (France) which makes its debut by opening the season, and Lenzerheide (Switzerland), at the beginning of July
  • After a year’s break, the return of Val di Sole (Italy) which will close the season at the end of August, one week before the UCI MTB World Championships in Andorre
  • 6 venues already part of the World Cup in 2014: Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE), Albstadt (GER), Fort William (GBR), Leogang (AUT), Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) and Windham (USA).

The 2015 MTB World Cup at a glance

Date Venue Country Discipline
1 11-12.04.2015 Lourdes France DHI
2 23-24.05.2015 Nove Mesto na Morave République tchèque XCO
3 30-31.05.2015 Albstadt Allemagne XCO
4 06-07.06.2015 Fort William Grande-Bretagne DHI
5 13-14.06.2015 Leogang Autriche DHI
6 04-05.07.2015 Lenzerheide Suisse XCO/DHI
7 01-02.08.2015 Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada XCO/DHI
8 08-09.08.2015 Windham Etats-Unis XCO/DHI
9 22-23.08.2015 Val di Sole Italie XCO/DHI

New to the UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano in 2015, Lourdes will be one of three rounds – with Fort William and Leogang – 100% dedicated to Downhill. A regular French Cup stopover, the city in the south-west of France will kick off the season. The riders will no doubt enjoy its demanding track that offers a stunning view of the city.

Nove Mesto na Morave
Voted best XCO/XCE event in 2013 and again in 2014, the Czech round is appreciated by athletes and the public thanks to its modern infrastructure. For its fifth consecutive participation Nove Mesto na Morave opens the XCO racing and provides a dress rehearsal for the 2016 UCI MTB World Championships for XCO/XCE/XCR.

The German venue organises an XCO round of the UCI World Cup for the third time since it first joined the calendar in 2013. Created in 2004, the bike park features a combination of physical passages and technical sections and is used by a number of athletes as preparation ground in the lead-up to the World Cup. It is no surprise that Albstadt, in the south-west of Germany, is popular with the XCO riders.

Fort William
After first joining the UCI World Cup in 2002, this British stopover features on the calendar for the 14th time. Also host of the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, this spot in the Scottish Highlands is a not-to-be-missed destination on the DHI calendar. Proof: Fort William was voted best DHI event in 2012 and 2013.

With its bikepark launched in 2001, Saalfelden-Leogang is one of the most popular European meetings for the downhillers. The Austrian winter sports resort, not far from Salzburg, joined the UCI World Cup in 2010 and organised the Downhill / 4X UCI World Championships in 2012 followed by the 4X Worlds in 2013 and 2014. With its spectacular views, Leogang once again promises to be sensational.

Scheduled for the beginning of July, the Swiss resort is – along with Lourdes – one of the new venues this year. Lenzerheide will welcome the season’s first combined XCO/DHI event, which will also be the first of three rounds (2015-2017) at the venue in the lead-up to the 2018 UCI World Championships. The Swiss, traditionally strong in XCO, will have the chance to race at home and the athletes wait impatiently the first weekend of July.

The Canadian round has gone hand in hand with the UCI MTB World Cup since 1991. This year it celebrates the organisation of its 25th UCI event. Hosting a combined XCO/DHI event in August, Mont-Sainte-Anne comes before another North American round, Windham. Situated in Quebec, one of the “Sommets de Saint Laurent”, the Queen of the World Cup deserves its reputation as a Mecca of mountain bike.

The round in Windham, a small resort nestled at the foot of the Catskills in the State of New York, will welcome XCO and DHI competitions. The downhill track is renowned for its final section, nicknamed Peaty’s Plunge. It is an event that is eagerly awaited by the fans, who benefit not only from the competitions but also the concerts for youngsters and families.

Val di Sole
After a year’s break, the resort in Trentino returns to the UCI World Cup calendar in 2015. It will be the final round, and therefore decisive for the XCO and DHI rankings. It will also enable the riders to put the finishing touches to their preparation for the UCI World Championships one week later. Host of the Worlds in 2008, Val di Sole will again organise the World Championships for Downhill in 2016.

Teams to watch

In total, 130 teams are registered for 2015. This is the highest number of teams since 2012 (132) and up nine from last year’s total of 121. The number of nations registering at least one team is on the rise (33 compared with 31 last year), a sign that the mountain bike discipline continues to push back geographical barriers. Four countries have registered a team for the first time in 2015: China, Indonesia, Iran and Israel. Of the 130 teams registered for the 2015 season, 15 Endurance (XC) teams and 15 Gravity (DH) teams have UCI ELITE Mountain Bike status. UCI ELITE Mountain Bike teams benefit from advantages such as free entry to all races on the UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar in the discipline in which the team has ELITE status, including all rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. In return, they are obliged to enter at least one rider in all rounds of the UCI MTB World Cup series.

UCI Endurance Team ranking

Team Nation Riders
1 Trek Factory Racing Etats-Unis Emily Batty (CAN) ; Rebecca Henderson (AUS) ; Kohei Yamamoto (JPN) ; SergioMantecon Gutierrez (ESP) ; Daniel Mc Connell (AUS)
2 BH-Suntour-KMC France Julie Bresset (FRA) ; Hanna Klein (GER) ; Adelheid Morath (GER) ; Maxime Marotte(FRA) ; Jordan Sarrou (FRA) ; Stéphane Tempier (FRA) ; Nicolas Bazin (FRA) ;VictorKoretzky (FRA) ; Hélène Marcouyre (FRA) ; Perrine Clauzel (FRA)
3 BMC Mountainbiking Racing Team Suisse Julien Absalon (FRA) ; Lukas Flückiger (SUI) ; Ralph Naef (SUI) ; Reto Indergand(SUI) ;Martin Fanger (SUI)
4 MultivanMerida BikingTeam Allemagne Ondrej Cink (CZE) ; Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) ; José Antonio Hermida Ramos(ESP) ; Rudi Van Houts (NED) ; Thomas Litscher (SUI) ; Julian Schelb (GER)
5 Scott-OdloMTB RacingTeam Suisse Andri Frischknecht (SUI) ; Michiel Van Der Heijden (NED) ; Jenny Rissveds (SWE) ;Nino Schurter (SUI) ; Marcel Wildhaber (SUI)

Gravity UCI Gravity Team ranking

Team Nation Riders
1 Madison SaracenFactory Team Grande-Bretagne Manon Carpenter (GBR) ; Sam Dale (GBR) ; Matthew Simmonds (GBR)
2 GT FactoryRacing Grande-Bretagne Gee Atherton (GBR) ; Rachel Atherton (GBR) ; Taylor Vernon (GBR) ; DanAtherton (GBR) ; Martin Maes (BEL) ; Taylor Vernon (GBR)
3 MS MondrakerTeam Autriche Danny Hart (GBR) ; Markus Pekoll (AUT) ; Innes Graham (GBR) ; EmmelineRagot (FRA)
4 Polygon UR France Andrew Neethling (RSA) ; Michael Hannah (AUS) ; Tracey Hannah (AUS) ;FabienCousine (FRA) ; Aurélien Giordanengo (FRA) ; Remy Morton (AUS)
5 Commencal/Vallnord France Myriam Nicole (FRA) ; Gaetan Ruffin (FRA) ;Thibaut Ruffin (FRA) ; RémiThirion (FRA) ;Gaëtan Vige (FRA)


Collaboration with our partners

The continued success of our UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano is thanks in large part to our collaboration with our partners.

Shimano: presenting partner
Shimano is the world leader when it comes to bike equipment (derailleurs, gear cables, brakes, pedals, wheels etc). Shimano has been in partnership with the UCI since 1999 and provides technical assistance to the UCI World Championships (road, track, mountain bike & trials, MTB marathon, cyclo-cross and para-cycling) and for the UCI World Cups (cyclo-cross). Testament to their reliability, SHIMANO was also contracted for this service at the last three Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012) as well as at the Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010 and Nankin 2014). The contract with Shimano was extended in 2012 for a period of four years (2012-2016).

Red Bull Media House: official media partner
Red Bull Media House has been the UCI official media partner since 2012, and this is the fourth consecutive year that it will produce the live broadcasts, highlight magazine shows and various clips from all nine rounds of the series. Nearly 37 million television viewers in 19 countries worldwide tuned in to watch either live coverage, highlights or news broadcasts of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, while 2 million chose Internet. Our exclusive production and online broadcast partner, Red Bull Media House reported a total of 1.2 million live views worldwide on Red Bull TV and, plus 800.000 views by VOD in the first four days after each race.

GoPro: official partner
As the exclusive camera sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, GoPro is once again looking forward to adding a sensational dimension to the series coverage. The maker of the world’s most versatile camera and enabler of some of today’s most engaging content will provide fans across the world with new and unique viewpoints of the world’s best mountain bike athletes. In addition, GoPro is excited to meet two-wheel fans around the globe at the UCI World Cup stops!

2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: Record TV and Internet Audiences

The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano not only saw athletes reach new heights, it was also the most successful season yet in terms of Internet and television audiences. The nine rounds of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano were raced in nine different countries and four continents between April and September.

Television: audience more than doubles 

Nearly 37 million television viewers in 19 countries worldwide tuned in to watch either the live coverage, highlights or news broadcasts of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. This compared with 16 million the previous year. 

Of the nine rounds of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, the final event in Méribel, France, drew the largest television audience and was a fitting end for an unforgettable 2014 World Cup. 

Internet: Live, clips and highlights 

All rounds of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano were also streamed live on the Internet. Exclusive production partner and online broadcaster Red Bull Media House reported a total of 1,2 million live views worldwide on Red Bull TV and, plus 800.000 views by VOD in the first four days after each race.

A popular feature in 2014 series were the onboard Downhill runs and course introductions thanks to GoPro cameras installed on selected riders’ helmets. 

“Our leading mountain bike series is very popular and continues to gain momentum,” observes UCI Off-Road Manager Peter van den Abeele. “With more channels in more countries coming on board we are reaching a wider fan base which further serves to develop this exciting discipline.” 

“The UCI is constantly working with its partners to ensure innovative and exciting race coverage,” explained UCI Head of Marketing Cyrille Jacobsen. “Thanks to our partnership with Red Bull Media House, which dates back to 2012, our methods of bringing the action to the fans is constantly improving and evolving.” 

He added that the World Cup series for this Olympic discipline continued to gain momentum thanks to its long-standing partnership with presenting sponsor Shimano, which is also exclusive provider of neutral technical assistance. 

Television coverage at a glance: 

• Broadcast by 53 channels in 19 countries 
• 69 live broadcasts in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Pan-Africa, Slovakia and Sweden 
• Television audience totalled nearly 37 million 
• 1.52 million TV viewers watched live. 

Internet coverage at a glance: 

• 54 hours’ live coverage 
• 1.2 million live views 
• 14 highlight magazines produced 
• 800,000 Video on Demand views within four days of each event.

Trek World Racing Stories Episode 1.4

Trek World Racing releases the 4th instalment of STORIES for 2014.

The World Championships in Norway will be remembered for many things, but without doubt, Neko Mulally’s chainless run to 4th place will go down in history as a truly remarkable achievement. Hear Neko in his own words after the race, it’s an amazing story.

Laurie Greenland takes to the podium twice in this video, once in Méribel for the World Cup finals, and then he takes silver at the World Championships in Junior DH. Brook Macdonald is back firing on all cylinders and takes 5th at the Worlds while Greg Williamson scores yet another Top 10 for the team in World Cup racing.

Video: The Best World Champs Downhill Ever

In what has been an incredible year for downhill racing there’s no doubt we witnessed one of the best ever World Championships  in Hafjell.

A chainless run from Neko Mulally astounded everyone by topping the men’s standings for a short time while Josh Bryceland seemingly snatched defeat from the jaws of the victory by overcooking the last bridge jump as he threatened to beat the leading time of Gee Atherton. In the end, Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter took the World titles with the British team enjoying a 1-2 in elite men and a 1-2-3 in the elite women.

The boys from Orpheus Productions bring you the best of the action from an exciting finale to the 2014 season.

Brosnan Storms to Bronze at World Mountain Bike Championships

Troy Brosnan (SA) conquered a demanding course in Hafjell, Norway to collect his first World Championship Downhill medal since moving up to the Elite category.

Racing was spectacular on the sixth and final day of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.

Elite Men 

The story of the day for the Australian men would be the ride that was for Brosnan and the ride that could have been for Sam Hill (WA).

Early racing saw Graeme Mudd (NSW), Bryn Atkinson (NSW) and Jack Moir (NSW) spend time on the coveted World Championship hotseat as the fastest riders at that point of the day.

Graeme Mudd
Jack Moir
Mick Hannah

Hill, a former triple Elite Downhill World Champion (‘06, ‘07, ‘10), knows both the glory of the win and the tragedy of defeat on a winning run, having crashed in the final stages when leading the 2008 World Championships.

He was the 9th-last rider to start and was on the fastest run of the day by over 3 seconds when he would come to grief with a massive crash in the final rock garden.

Amazingly he was able to get back on the bike and race to the finish placing 26th, and while it seemed likely, he will never know whether his run would have been good enough to take the title.

Sam Hill, devastated!

Brosnan was the last Australian standing, as he has often been in the 2014 season, and he was the second-last rider of the 2014 Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships.

A steady start saw him in 10th place at the first time-split, and like Hill before him, he chose the extremely difficult inside line in the second rock garden and reaped the rewards moving up to 3rd place by the second time-split.

Brosnan into 3rd.
Brosnan into 3rd.

He would pick up one more place on the final section to sit in overall second place behind Great Britain’s Gee Atherton with only Josh Bryceland, also of Great Britain, left to race.

Bryceland was the 2014 World Cup Series winner, and he had an amazing run but landed heavily sustaining an injury on a finish-straight jump, his time still being good enough to just pass Brosnan and move into second place.

This left Atherton as the 2014 World Champion, and Brosnan to take away Bronze as his first Elite World Championship medal.

Also riding for Australia was Mick Hannah (QLD) who finished off the pace after a crashing awkwardly out of a fast berm.

Bryn Atkinson
Bryn Atkinson into 18th.

Missing today from the action was Brosnan’s junior-days friend and rival Connor Fearon (SA), who crashed heavily in his final practice run and required medical attention.

Elite men's podium, minus Josh Bryceland due to injury.
Elite men’s podium, minus Josh Bryceland due to injury.

Elite Female

Tracey Hannah (QLD) excelled in Norway today to take out 4th place in the Elite Women’s Downhill World Championships.

Hannah was the 2006 Junior World Champion and has had a long career with many outstanding results, finishing this year as the 4th ranked rider in the World Cup Series.

Tracey Hannah
Tracey Hannah, 4th.

She has twice finished on the World Championship podium in 3rd place (‘07 & ‘13) and is the reigning 6-time National Champion.

As the third last rider to start in Hafjell, Hannah had a strong clean run on Championship day, showing a great mix of power and excellent line selection in the treacherous rock gardens.

Her run would at the time put her into second place behind Tahnee Seagrave (Great Britain) who would ultimately finish 3rd.

Two riders remained, Manon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton, both of Great Britain.

2014 has been the breakthrough year for Carpenter and today she displayed a flawless ride to go on to take her first Elite World Championship title.

Atherton almost crashed on her run and ultimately missed out by the narrowest of margins (.088s) to place second.

Hannah will now return this week for follow-up surgery from a serious crash in 2012.

Downhill Results – 2014 World Mountain Bike Championships  

Elite Male
1. Gee Atherton (GBR) 3:23.769
2. Josh Bryceland (GBR) +0.407
3. Troy Brosnan (SA)    AUS +0.566

10. Jack Moir (NSW) +3.831
18. Bryn Atkinson (NSW) +6.204
26. Sam Hill (WA) +9.187
41. Graeme Mudd (NSW) +12.678
81. Michael Hannah (QLD) +45.366
DNS Connor Fearon (SA)

Elite Female
1. Manon Carpenter (GBR)  3:49.407
2. Rachel Atherton (GBR)   +0.088
3. Tahnee Seagrave (GBR) + 3.463
4. Tracey Hannah (AUS)

Tegan Molloy, Junior Downhill World Champ!

Tegan Molloy (NSW) has won the World Champion crown in the Junior Women’s category of the Downhill UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.

After qualifying 3rd fastest on Friday, the reigning Australian Champion today was untouchable on her way to the title.

Molloy leapt onto the world stage in 2013 with a Bronze Medal at the Pietermaritzburg World Championships.

Congratulations, Tegan!

She carried this form into 2014 and has been the standout junior female on the UCI World Cup Series, with five World Cup wins from seven races on the way to being crowned the overall 2014 World Cup Series winner.

On race day, Molloy was the first rider down the tough Hafjell course.

The course terrain throws the perfect mix of challenges at riders including untamed rock gardens, flowing berms, high speed runs and large jumps.

Compared to seeding, Molloy was the fastest junior woman of the week at every time-check, and her time of 4:16.816 would put her in the hot seat.

Tegan Molloy on fire, winning the World Champs!

A nervous wait would then take place as she watched the remaining riders in the field descend out of the forest and through the finish arch.

Her time would hold up today and she took the win by a significant 6.225s, earning the World Championship title and the right to wear the prestigious UCI rainbow stripes.

The 18 year old hails from the hills of Jindabyne and trains at Thredbo, an iconic destination in the sport in Australia for over 20 years.

The french pair of Viktoria Gimenez and Marine Caribou would ultimately win Silver and Bronze respectively.


Junior Men

The day for our Junior Men would belong to Max Warshawsky (QLD) who raced strongly to spend time in the hotseat and finish just one step off the podium in 4th place.

Six Australian junior riders started today’s finals with Matthew McCorkell (ACT) withdrawn due to an injury in seeding.

Warshawsky, 18 years of age from Mooloolah in Queensland will never forget his maiden World Championships.

Max Warshawsky, top Aussie junior in 7th place.
Max Warshawsky, top Aussie junior in 4th place.

He had a solid, clean run today that was the fastest at the time (3:37.721) and earned a long stint in the World Championships hotseat.

He would ultimately be replaced by Jacob Dickson of Ireland who would go on to finish third in 3:36.384.

Aiden Varley (VIC) also had a great day following up on a strong seeding time to finish his Championship race inside the top ten in 7th place (3:41.341).

Aiden Varley, 7th place.

Andrew Crimmins (NSW) is the reigning National Junior Champion and was Australia’s highest-ranked junior male leading into finals day.

Andrew Crimmins
Andrew Crimmins into 17th after a disappointing crash.

Today wasn’t to be his day with a crash during his race run seeing one of the pre-race favourites finish 17th.

Also representing Australia were Benjamin Dengate (ACT) who finished 19th, Jackson Davis (WA) finishing 21st and Ben Hill (TAS) 41st.

Ben Dengate
Ben Dengate

The Junior Mens’ World Championship title would be won by Loris Vergier of France (3:29.090), with Great British rider Laurie Greenland (3:34.080) in second.

Junior Downhill Results – 2014 World Mountain Bike Championships
Junior Women
1. Tegan Molloy (AUS) 4:16.816
2.  Viktoria  Gimenez (FRA) + 6.225
3.  Marine Cabirou  (FRA) +28.314

Junior Men
1. Loris Vergier (FRA) 3:29.090
2. Laurie Greenland (GBR) 3:34.080, +4.990
3. Jacob Dickson (IRL) 3:36.384, +7.294

4. Max Warshawsky (QLD) +8.631
7. Aiden Varley (VIC) +12.251
17. Andrew Crimmins (NSW) +16.385
19. Benjamin Dengate (ACT) +18.705
21. Jackson Davis (WA) +20.660
41. Ben Hill (TAS) +29.864

Success and Heartbreak for Australian Olympic Duo at Mountain Bike World Championships

Bec Henderson (ACT) raced to an outstanding 15th place in the Elite Women’s Cross Country World Mountain Bike Championships, while her partner and season team-mate Dan McConnell (ACT) suffered the heartbreak of two flat tyres in the Men’s race.

Racing took place in Hafjell, Norway on day five of the 25th UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.

Elite Women Cross Country

In the Elite Women’s race, Henderson (ACT) and Peta Mullens (VIC) were Australia’s two representatives.

2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and 2012 Olympian Henderson (ACT) moved up from the Under 23 ranks this year after a standout 2013 in which she won the Under 23 UCI World Cup Series.

17, Henderson, Rebecca, Trek Factory, , AUS

Today Henderson started from second row of the grid, and she consolidated a position in the early twenties for much of the first half of the race.

A steady start would prove to be a smart strategy with the tough Hafjell course taking a toll on riders over the 6 lap race.

On lap 4, Henderson cracked the top 20 for the first time since the start of the race, and from there she would power from strength to strength, picking up multiple places each lap.

She would ultimately finish in an excellent 15th place in her maiden Elite Women’s World Championship race, leaving the solid impression that the future of the sport for Australian Women is in sound hands.

17, Henderson, Rebecca, Trek Factory, , AUS

Teammate and Australian Cross Country Eliminator National Champion Peta Mullens finished in 61st place.

Catharine Pendrel of Canada won the World Championship title for her second time, completing an amazing 2014 that included a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Second place went to ‘07 & ‘09 World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Russian Federation), with Lea Davison (USA) rounding out the Elite Women’s podium.

Elite Men Cross Country

In the Elite Men’s Championship race, Australia’s representatives were Dan McConnell (ACT) and 2013 Cross Country Eliminator World Champion Paul van der Ploeg.

McConnell, a dual Olympian, has excelled in the past two seasons, winning a round of the World Cup in 2013 and finishing on the podium for the UCI World Cup series in consecutive years.

Traditionally a slow race starter, McConnell today accelerated hard from the line to be in second place in early running and settled comfortably into the top 5 early on the second lap.

Unfortunately it would be all bad news from here for the Australian.


He suffered a flat tyre towards the end of Lap 2, and despite excellent mechanical assistance in the technical zone he lost 6 places and 58s from the incident.

After restarting racing and settling into his new 11th position, the truly unthinkable occurred and McConnell had a second flat tyre towards the end of Lap 3.

He lost 34 places this time around and would withdraw from the race late on Lap 4.

This marks consecutive years of bad luck for McConnell – in 2013 he was injured pre-race in training and finished 42nd.

3, McConnell, Daniel, Trek Factory Racing, , AUS

Team mate van der Ploeg finished in 94th place.

On more than one occasion in 2014 McConnell has battled head-to-head with the two legends of the sport – Julien Absalon (France) and Nino Schurter (Switzerland).

Today they would own the World Championships race to themselves, and after a brutal battle  Absalon was victories, recording a record fifth World Championship win.

Schurter, himself a triple world champion, placed second after surviving a challenging crash just moments from the finish, and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Italy) placed third.

2014 Cross Country Mountain Bike World Championship Results


Elite Women
1. Catharine Pendrel, (CAN)  1:31:30
2.  Irina Kalentieva,  (RUS)  +0:00:21
3. Lea Davison, (USA) +0:00:43

15. Rebecca Henderson (ACT) + 5:46
61. Peta Mullens – 2 Laps down

Elite Men
1. Julien Absalon (FRA) 1:27:06
2. Nino Schurter (SUI) +1:51
3. Marco Aurelio Fontana (ITA) +3:28

94. Paul van der Ploeg (VIC) – 4 Laps down
DNF Dan McConnell (ACT)

Downhill Timed Session

The 2014 World Championships culminate on Sunday with Downhill racing for Junior and Elite riders.

An official timed-session was held today for the Elite categories, and while results do not contribute to the start order for Sunday they do allow riders to gauge their performance level against the field and to tackle a clear track at race pace.

Six-time National Champion Tracey Hannah (QLD) is Australia’s sole Elite Female entrant, and she set the 7th-fastest time of the day despite crashing during her run.

Troy Brosnan
Troy Brosnan

In the men’s session, Troy Brosnan (SA) continued his outstanding 2014 form, placing 5th and setting the fastest Australian time.

Hot on Brosnan’s tail was triple Elite World Champion Sam Hill (WA), recording 6th place just a quarter of a second behind Brosnan.

Connor Fearon
Sam Hill

Bryn Atkinson (NSW) had a great run to finish 11th and Connor Fearon (SA) recorded 15th position.

Mick Hannah (QLD), Jack Moir (NSW) and Graeme Mudd (NSW) claim 23rd, 25th and 27th positions respectively.

2014 Downhill Official Timed Session –  Mountain Bike World Championship Results

Elite Women
1. Rachel Atherton (GBR) 3:53.538

7. Tracey Hannah (QLD)  +15.019

Elite Men
1. Greg Minnaar (RSA) 3:27.399

5. Troy Brosnan (SA) +2.222
6. Samuel Hill (WA) +2.500
11. Bryn Atkinson (NSW) +4.095
15. Connor Fearon (SA) +5.505
23. Michael Hannah (QLD) +7.849
25. Jack Moir (NSW) +8.379
27. Graeme Mudd (NSW) +8.666


Video: World Champs XC Course Preview with Claudio Caluori

Claudio’s quest to ride every discipline at the World Champs continues as he teams up with Multivan Merida Biking Team’s José Antonio Hermida to ride the Hafjell Cross-Country course.

On a course where stamina is important and the climbs are brutal, we were unsure whether Claudio would make it around the Norwegian track, never mind trying to race José Antonio on it.

At least Claudio’s heart and legs had a good workout, though we suspect we won’t be seeing him on a XC mountain bike anytime soon.

Australian Riders Shine on Day 4 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Day four of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway, was a busy affair with the U23 Cross Country Olympic (XCO) races, Junior Downhill seeding and Observed Trials all taking place simultaneously.

Cross Country Olympic

Cameron Ivory (NSW) was the star Australian of the day, pushing hard in the second half of the U23 Men’s XCO to finish among the top 20 riders.

Ivory is the current Elite Men’s Subaru National Series Champion for Cross Country and Eliminator, as well as the reigning Australian U23 XCO Champion.

22, Ivory, Cameron, Swell-Specialized Australia, , AUS
Cam Ivory

22, Ivory, Cameron, Swell-Specialized Australia, , AUS

He put on a fantastic show in Hafjell, riding his way up from 37th at the end of the first lap to finish 18th in a field of 96 riders.

Also representing Australia in the U23 Men was Scott Bowden (TAS) who finished 40th, Chris Hamilton (VIC) who placed 49th and Ben Forbes who finished a lap down in 68th place.

In the U23 Women’s race, both Holly Harris (NSW) and Emily Parkes (NSW) had admirable rides in their first year in the age category.

Harris is the current Australian U23 Cross Country Champion and has a friendly rivalry with Parkes, with both often finishing races in neck and neck battles for position.

Em Parkes
Holly Harris
Holly Harris
39, Parkes, Emily, , , AUS
Em Parkes

Today the Australians were affected by an early crash that blocked much of the field soon after the start.

In this battle of the teammates, Parkes would be victorious, riding well in the latter half of the race to work her way up to 27th place.

Harris finished one lap down from the winner in 42nd position.

Jolanda Neff from Switzerland completed an amazing 2014 adding the Under 23 Women’s Championship to her overall Elite Women’s World Cup Series title.

Australian Results – 2014 Cross Country Olympic World Championships

U23 Women
Emily Parkes (NSW) – 27th
Holly Harris (NSW) – 42nd

U23 Men
Cam Ivory (NSW) – 18th
Scott Bowden (TAS) – 40th
Chris Hamilton (VIC) – 49th
Ben Forbes (QLD) – 68th


Andrew Crimmins (NSW) posted the fastest time of the Australian Junior Men in the downhill seeding.

Crimmins, who last year beat both Troy Brosnan (SA) and Mick Hannah (QLD) in an event at the Thredbo Cannonball festival, seeded 7th for the finals after completing the course in 3 minutes 42 seconds.

Fellow Australians Ben Hill (TAS) and Benjamin Dengate (ACT) are seeded 31st and 33rd respectively, while Matthew McCorkell (ACT) did not finish after an unfortunate crash early in the course.

In the Junior Women’s downhill, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series winner Tegan Molloy (NSW) claimed third seeding with a time of 4:33, 12 seconds behind leader Marine Cabirou from France.

Australian Results – 2014 Downhill World Championships

Junior Women
3. Tegan Molloy (NSW) +12.444

Junior Men
7. Andrew Crimmins (NSW) +9.885
13. Aiden Varley (VIC) +12.932
14. Max Warshawsky (QLD) +13.593
31. Ben Hill (TAS) +24.119
33. Benjamin Dengate (ACT) +25.303
47. Jackson Davis (WA) +31.451
DNF Matthew McCorkell (ACT)

Observed Trials

2013 Trials World Championship Bronze medallist Janine Jungfels (QLD) again starred for Australia in the Observed Trials event.

After a strong start today with a clean first section, Jungfels put in a consistent performance in each obstacle lap to finish just one step off the podium in 4th place.

Janine Jungfels

Tatiana Janickova (Slovakia) successfully defended her title to again be the Women’s Observed Trials World Champion.

Our men’s Trials team were in action yesterday in the 26” category.

Both riders finished at the semi-final stage after displaying some impressive skills, with Nathan Mummery (VIC) in 21st place and Lachlan Sens (VIC) 30th.

Janine Jungfels, fourth in the world!

Australian Results – 2014 Observed Trials World Championships

Women Elite 
4. Janine Jungfels (QLD)

Men Elite 26″ 
21. Nathan Mummery (VIC)
30. Lachlan Sens (VIC)


World Champs Course Preview, With Claudio and Brendan Fairclough

Our tamed test pilot, Claudio Caluori, has pretty much had it all his own way this season. His companion riders on the GoPro course previews have either bitten the dust or eaten his… So, with the World Champs looming, we decided to up the stakes a little.

We invited his own Gstaad Scott rider, Brendan Fairclough, along to join him. Would Claudio be able to beat him down the Hafjell course or would flat pedals and whips prevail?!

Also, keep your eyes pealed for a spot of celebrity nudity on the side of the track…

Kulhavy and Langvad crowned XCM World Champions

Jarsolav Khulhavy has added another title to a list that must now be almost as long as his seat post, claiming the win at the Marathon World Champs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In the women’s, it was Dane Annika Langvad who claimed the XCM World Champ jersey once again.

Australia’s Andy Blair rode to 42nd, while in the women’s ‘Aussie’ Jenny Fay was just outside the top 10 in 12th and Melissa Anset grabbed an impressive 16th.

Full race reports below courtesy of and results here: Men / Women

Kulhavy and Langvad.
Kulhavy and Langvad.



2012 Olympic gold medallist and Czech mountain biking star Jaroslav Kulhavy added the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships title to his list of international titles when he powered to an emphatic win at a sun soaked Cascades MTB Park on Sunday.

“I am very happy because it was the last title that I didn’t have and really wanted to get.”

Kulhavy was satisfied with the way his race had gone and being able to tick off the marathon world title was something that he was relieved to be able to do and he explained his satisfaction following a disappointing season thus far.

“I am very happy because it was the last title that I didn’t have and really wanted to get. Today was a big day for me and I was really satisfied because this season hasn’t been that good for me. I was injured and had a lot of technical problems at cross country races so it was really satisfying to win today.


The race was characterised by the constant changing of positions as the riders jostled for position in an attempt to get close to Kulhavy but the Specialized Racing rider showed good form to stave off the attacks and claim his maiden marathon world championships title. 

The chopping and changing resulted in an enthralling race but following a break from the Czech star after the fifth check point and he put the hammer down as the rest of the field were unable to match his power over the second half of the course.

“It all went to plan today even though the race was really hard,” Kulhavy said following his win. “I decided to attack after the fifth feed zone on the downhill and got a minute gap. I pushed hard to the finish after that and didn’t look back.”

Following a slow start second place finisher Alban Lakata patiently manoeuvred his way through the field and established himself at the front of the field towards the end of the race. The Austrian star appreciated the performance from Kulhavy and admitted that the winner was in a class of his own.

“He (Kulhavy) was unbeatable today,” Lakata admitted. “Getting second behind the Olympic champion and ahead of a three-time World Champion, Christoph Sauser, is a great thing for me and I have now got three silver medals and one gold but I am happy about my race today. 
“I didn’t have any serious mechanicals besides a twisted chain which only cost me a few seconds so it didn’t make any difference in the end.”

A tough day for former Champ Sauser.

The race had its fair share of drama as defending World Champion Christoph Sauser suffered a substantial mechanical which cost him a chunk of time and effectively ended his bid to defend his title but he proceeded to work his way back up the field to finish in third.

“First of all congratulations to Jaroslav, it was an awesome ride from him and he showed his form at Euro’s two weeks ago.

“It was all good today until the portage section of the course and I was on and off the bike the whole time and when I was carrying my bike and hit a rock with my chain ring and it took me forever to get it back working,” Sauser explained.

“The best way to describe would be a cross country race of 90 minutes with three hours bolted onto the end, that’s how hard these guys go out at the start”

The South African charge was led by two-time South African marathon champion James Reid who ended 17th overall when he crossed the line ahead of fellow South African star Rourke Croeser. Reid was quick to describe the challenge of racing against the best riders in the world.

“It was brutal out there; it was a straight out sufferfest from the gun. I didn’t have a great grid position but I managed to get into the top 10 in the first three kilometres which was about the highlight. “The guys in the top 10 are in a different league and if you try and go with them you are going to be a firework, which I just avoided,” a relieved Reid mentioned.

Taking part in a world class event on home soil was something that Reid knew was going to work in his favour and having raced the national championships at the same venue a few weeks prior to Sunday he had a good idea of what to expect. 

“It wasn’t the most ideal build up but considering we raced this track two weeks ago it was solid.

“The best way to describe would be a cross country race of 90 minutes with three hours bolted onto the end, that’s how hard these guys go out at the start,” the Trek SA rider added.

Spitz (2nd), Langvad (1st) and Hurikova (3rd).


Denmark’s Annika Langvad wrapped up a hat-trick of women’s world titles at the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday entrenching her status as one of the best female endurance mountain bikers in the world.

The result was especially pleasing for the Dane who came to South Africa putting a lot of pressure on herself to win.

“This win is just awesome!” Langvad said afterwards. “My previous two wins I wasn’t really expecting at all but this time I knew I could win and so I put a bit more pressure on myself around so to have come here and got the win despite that little bit of added pressure, is really pleasing!”

“I didn’t expect to win so comfortably in the end though!” she added excitedly.

Familiar with the local conditions having raced in South Africa previously, Langvad looked to stamp her authority on proceedings early on, especially after the non-participation due to illness by Great Britain’s Sally Bigham and early withdrawal by fellow title hopeful Milena Landtwing. It took Langvad until just after the first tech zone to make her decisive move and her lead was soon a significant one.

” I managed to get into a rhythm and just keep pushing and all of a sudden the 74km actually counted down quite quickly!”

“I think riding a full suspension made things a lot easier for me with this terrain and allowed me to recover a lot more,” she explained.

“I also did the Cape Epic, an extremely hard stage race, leading up to World Champs and I came here today in a very similar mood to my Cape Epic mood so I managed to get into a rhythm and just keep pushing and all of a sudden the 74km actually counted down quite quickly!”

“As I got closer to the finish line and I got told I had a good gap, I just said to myself ‘Okay, no mistakes now. Just get down safely and you’ve got the World Championships title again!’ and it was just amazing! I loved every minute of it!”

Germany’s vastly experienced Sabine Spitz showed her pedigree once more as she overcame the rest of the world class field to clinch second place while recently crowned European Champion Tereza Hurikova finished third.

“Early on I tried to go to front so I could keep the speed high because I’ve been involved in two crashes before when the speed was too slow but then Annika made her move between tech zone 1 and 2 and once she opened up a gap it just continued to grow and grow and grow!” said Spitz with a wry grin.

“Annika was just stronger than me, you have to accept just it when someone is stronger than you and she is a deserved World Champion!” she added gracefully. The renowned competitor also had some high praise for Nick Floros’ widely anticipated course.

“I really liked the course! My first impression of the course when I got here on Monday was very good and it didn’t change at any stage.

“It was different to the marathon courses we get in Europe where you ride mainly on gravel and can be quite boring. Here the landscape was so different and the course was just great!” said Spitz.

With the podium in a class of their own, 40-year-old legend of the sport Esther Süss and fellow Swiss star Arian Kleinhans – who now calls Stellenbosch home after marrying South African Erik Kleinhans – were left to battle it out for the remaining top five positions.

South African national marathon champ Robyn de Groot had the ride of her life as she compiled her solid sixth place yielding effort while birthday girl Jeannie Dreyer finished eighth and was the second local lass across the line.

Racing: Specialized Riders Set Their Sights on MTB Worlds Aboard 2014 Bikes

Go for it. Let it all hang out. For all the marbles. Worlds are the ultimate one-day mountain bike race – the highest achievement in our sport, after all the winner dons the rainbow stripes for life – so you can bet our team will be racing harder than ever.


We’re dedicated to giving our XC and DH athletes competing this weekend every advantage possible. All will be aboard brand-new 2014 bikes and equipment, adorned with extra special, nationally themed graphics.




The S-Works Epic is the only full-suspension 29er to have won Worlds and with Jaroslav Kulhavy, Todd Wells, and Kohei Yamamoto all in prime form our hopes are high for some great results. Lea Davison will be gunning for the win on the ultra-light women’s-specific Fate carbon hardtail. All riders will be on production spec 2014 bikes custom adorned in the livery of their home nation.

Because the XC course is super tech, we cooked up something special to give our riders an edge when the going gets rough: prototype Command Posts to fit 27.2mm seattubes. Like the sweet paintjobs our riders are sporting, these posts, too, are one-off prototypes that will not be for sale.






The complete S-Racing Factory Team will be in attendance for this event with Aaron Gwin, Troy Brosnan, and Mitch Ropelato all riding custom-painted bikes bearing the colors of their home countries, and relying on Specialized tires to put the rubber to the trail. Troy and Mitch will both be sporting custom-painted Dissident helmets as well.

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Brosnan Worlds Helmet


Reigning Olympic Champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy
Reigning Pro XCT Champion, Todd Wells
Reigning Pro XCT Champion, Lea Davison

Reigning UCI Overall World Champion, Aaron Gwin
Two-time Junior World Champion, Troy Brosnan
Three-time Pump Track World Champion, Mitch Ropelato

Racing: Daniel McConnell’s Close Encounter of the Monkey Kind

Crashes during training are not uncommon for professional cyclists like Victoria’s Daniel McConnell, but those caused by monkeys aren’t exactly an every day occurence.

The local South African wildlife got the better of the dual Olympian last week when a group surprised him while on a training ride near the Pietermaritzburg course.

“For a while I didn’t think I would start, but now I am, I am going to give it everything,” said McConnell, who suffered a bruised shoulder and is now sporting considerable skin wounds on both hands.

Despite the fall, a couple of days rest has the 28-year-old Trek Factory Racing rider ready to start this Saturday’s elite men’s cross country race at the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships.

“The body is ok on the course, I have a fair bit of skin off, but I have got a few laps in now and am starting to feel very confident on the course.”

McConnell enters the World Championships with confidence after a stellar 2013 World Cup season. In May he became the first Australian man to win a cross-country World Cup since Cadel Evans in 2000 by winning the opening round in Albstadt, Germany.

In the most recent round held in Mont Saint Anne in Canada earlier this month, McConnell finished fifth to move into third on the overall standings with two rounds remaining.

“It has been a bit of a dream season, the World Cup win in Albstadt was unexpected, I had only had the one top twenty finish coming into the season and have now been on the podium twice and a sixth place too, so the consistency is there.

“I would love to think winning is a possibility here, but it hasn’t been the smoothest lead into the race, but on the other side, I have also had some really good training leading in.”

McConnell predicted a number of contenders will be in the mix for the crown, headlined by defending champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland and four-time world champion Julien Absalon of France.

“I think Absalon is the fastest guy at the moment by a long shot, he is the one to watch for sure, along with Nino,” he said. “They will take it out really fast and for me it is a case of not losing too much time in the first two or three laps.

McConnell also hinted that the course will play a major part come race day.

“The course is hard, so you’re going to have to be on your game on Saturday, There is a fair bit of climbing, nothing too steep, so a little bit of rain would be good.

“It is going to be interesting to see what the weather does as even just day to day and its getting really chopped up, you can see all the lines forming and ruts appearing.

“Hopefully I will be still in the mix and well inside the top ten in the final stages,” McConnell said modestly.