Champery World Championships - Day 4

Sep 1, 2011
by Ian Hylands  

After several days of dry dusty practice the rains began with a late night/early morning downpour that changed the track conditions to wet and greasy. First up in this morning's practice were the women...

The ruts are deep and greasy at this point. It went from dusty and loose to scary after epic thunderstorms last night. Rain is on the schedule every day through Sunday now so things could be interesting come Sunday.
  The ruts are deep and greasy at this point. It went from dusty and loose to scary after epic thunderstorms last night. Rain is on the schedule every day through Sunday now, so things could be interesting come Sunday.

Again photos simply do not do this track justice when it comes to steep. This is bloody stupid steep. The heavy downpour made the track a bit of a mess for the Elite Women and Junior s practice. Rachel had two words for the track conditions absolute rubbish.
  The heavy downpour made the track a bit of a mess for the Elite Women and Junior's practice. Rachel had two words for the track conditions: "absolute rubbish."


Flats and 5.10s. Pom-Pom is looking extremely focused.
  Flats and 5.10s. Pom-Pom is looking extremely focused and untroubled by the mud this morning.

Claire Buchar looks to be extremely comfortable. She missed the entire World Cup this year but put in some solid enough races in North America to make the team selection for Canada.
  Claire Buchar looks to be extremely comfortable. She missed the entire World Cup this year, but put in some solid enough races in North America to make the team selection for Canada.

Pugin spends a fair amount of time skiing in the winter. On this track.
  Pugin spends a fair amount of time skiing in the winter. On this track.

Canada s Junior ripper Lauren Rosser surprised everyone last year when she took time out of her XC schedule to race DH at World s... and won. This year she is looking fast and comfortable even in this morning s mud.
  Canada's Junior ripper Lauren Rosser surprised everyone last year when she took time out of her XC schedule to race DH at World's... and won. This year she is looking fast and comfortable, even in this morning's mud.

Sabrina Jonnier has been pretty quiet this week. Focused. Even though popular opinion has Pugin or Pom-Pom as front runners Sabo is never one to be forgotten.
  Sabrina Jonnier has been pretty quiet this week. Focused. Even though popular opinion has Pugin or Pom-Pom as front runners, Sabo is never one to be forgotten.

Looking down on Tracy Moseley in the same turn. Moseley competed in the team relay yesterday aboard an XC machine interestingly enough.
  Looking down on Tracy Moseley in the same turn. Moseley competed in the team relay yesterday aboard an XC machine, interestingly enough.

Emilie Signethaler was one of the only women to jump all 3 of the booters this morning in the grease no less. Rachel Atherton laughedand only had one thing to say after hearing about it... Oh great.
  Emilie Signethaler was one of the only women to jump all 3 of the booters this morning, in the grease no less. Rachel Atherton laughed and only had one thing to say after hearing about it... "Oh, great."


Lewis Buchanan was one of the early guinea pigs on the 3 big jumps this morning. Flat light and lots of grease Lewis made it look easy.
  Lewis Buchanan was one of the early guinea pigs on the 3 big jumps this morning. Flat light and lots of grease, Lewis made it look easy.

The berms here are people deep at times...
  The berms here are people deep at times...

It was all about just making it down the track this morning. More than a few big names decided to walk the track instead of riding it.
  It was all about just making it down the track this morning. More than a few big names decided to walk the track instead of riding it.

Makin the mud fly... Brendan Yrttiaho gets a bit wild his firs run of the day.
  Makin' the mud fly... Brendan Yrttiaho gets a bit wild his first run of the day.

The Bulldog is riding the track as if it is dry and could be on the box come Sunday if he can keep it together.
  The Bulldog is riding the track as if it is dry and could be on the box come Sunday if he can keep it together.

Doggy tearing through the mud. Thanks to Flipper and the terrible light for pushing me to get some ridculous pans in this morning. i owe you
  Doggy tearing through the mud. Thanks to Flipper and the terrible light for pushing me to get some ridiculous pans in this morning. i owe you!

Matti Lehikoinen has had a few rough years with injuries. This year he has stayed in one piece and we re all crossing our fingers that he can pull out a great result here at Champery.
  Matti Lehikoinen has had a few rough years with injuries. This year he has stayed in one piece, and we're all crossing our fingers that he can pull out a great result here at Champery.

Brendan gets 2 shots today because he s having fun riding his bike again. When Bredawg has fun everyone wins.
  Brendan gets 2 shots today because he's having fun riding his bike again. When Bredawg has fun, everyone wins.

It wouldn t be a World Champs without some trials riding and the course designer for the Trials World Champs is mental. There are a number of sections that riders need to clear the river crossing was just one of them. Although it was perhaps the most difficult one. Riders were forced to cross the river twice.
  It wouldn't be a World Champs without some trials riding, and the course designer for the Trials World Champs is mental. There are a number of sections that riders need to clear; the river crossing was just one of them. Although it was perhaps the most difficult one. Riders were forced to cross the river twice.

Flats or clips seems to be a big question in the pits. With the mud today a lot of racers like Cam Coler were seen quickly swapping out clips for flats.
  Flats or clips seems to be a big question in the pits. With the mud today, a lot of racers, like Cam Cole, were seen quickly swapping out clips for flats.

Rain Mud Emmeline Siegenthaler doesn t care for her it ll be clips on race day no matter what. I had no problems today so I won t switch even if it rains from now until the race. Pedal of cholce Shimano DX.
  Rain? Mud? Emmeline Siegenthaler doesn't care; for her, it'll be clips on race day no matter what. "I had no problems today, so I won't switch, even if it rains from now until the race." Pedal of cholce? Shimano DX.

bigquotesI had no problems today, so I won't switch, even if it rains from now until the race.-- Emilie Siegenthaler

Justin Leov only took one run today. More to feel out how the track is in the wet than anything else.
  Justin Leov only took one run today. More to feel out how the track is in the wet than anything else.

Stevie Bell Gee Atherton s mechanic is not one to waste good tire sealant.
  Stevie Bell, Gee Atherton's mechanic, is not one to waste good tire sealant.

Scott 11 put on a wee bit of a VIP shindig for the teams serving Raclette. You ve never had that Traditional Swiss mountain fare...melted cheese potatoes and pickles. Bon Apetite
  Scott 11 put on a wee bit of a VIP shindig for the teams, serving Raclette. You've never had that? Traditional Swiss mountain fare...melted cheese, potatoes, and pickles. Bon Apetite!

Jack at Lapierre has been making good use of the down time here at Worlds to start a homebrew operation he s serving from the Lapierre pits. 5chf for a .5l...
  Jack at Lapierre has been making good use of the down time here at Worlds to start a homebrew operation; he's serving from the Lapierre pits. 5chf for a .5l...


The fruit taffy was quite a hit for the local yellow jackets.
  The fruit taffy was quite a hit for the local yellow jackets.

Future World Champ
  Future World Champ?







52 Comments

  • 37 1
 want Fairclough to do well!
  • 13 0
 if brendogg has fun, everybody wins!
  • 8 2
 pretty confident sams guna win this one
  • 6 0
 I bet Danny will give everyone a run for there money as well. But it be good for Sam to do well considering he's been out this season
  • 2 5
 I got my finger crossed for Gwin... All and all, it's gonna be one hell of a race-
  • 4 0
 Fairclough on an S-Works carbon demo? I think yes!
  • 4 0
 No doubt among the other riders which country Brendan is representing.
  • 2 0
 Cross my fingers for Sam, I want him to do it again... !!!
  • 10 0
 Steep, wet, sludge, narrow, technical, corners, jumps, flat pedals.. dammmmmnnnn, this is going to be one year of World Champs to remember!
  • 7 0
 just like all of them!
  • 1 0
 Will there ever be a worldcup in Champery without mud? Big Grin
  • 8 0
 I'd say Aaron Gwin is no longer the favorite??? Minnaar or Hill if he's healthy now.
  • 6 0
 I'll still put money on Gwin, but it would be really sweet to see Sam put together another rediculous race run.
  • 6 0
 I want Peaty to take another, and I REALLY wish Smith was racing this weekend. But I won't complain if Gwin takes it, hell I won't complain no matter who takes it.
  • 2 0
 I wouldn't necessarily say so... He's still just as incredible as always, however I think here at worlds with the return of hill and such, there are going to be a lot of riders to get stoked on.
  • 2 0
 I dont think, that Sam will get on the Top 3. A shoulder injury involves lots of recovery and build up but I'm interested how the result will be!
  • 3 0
 Sysics: He did it last year didnt he?
  • 1 1
 Danny Hart and Troy Brosnan have been the most exciting guys to watch this season in my opinion. Gwin was untouchable - obviously - but i'd love for one of these boys to get onto the top step for Worlds...

Glad it rained though, will make for incredible action! Anyone know if there will be a free to view replay on freecaster after the live stream has finished?
  • 1 0
 Only 14.99 € on Freecaster.
  • 4 0
 That pic with Stevie Bell makes me think that I think I'm using too little sealant, even if I'm 500% less likely to loose it by smashing the tyre into a burms like Gee does... it's like a bloody 500ml there still left in the tyre
  • 8 1
 the way our country is going were proble gona be riding wooden bikes too
  • 5 0
 I still think Bryceland is the wild-card the way he's been progressing this season. It's going to be a battle royale for sure!!!
  • 4 0
 Amazing photography! The caption on Brandan's 2nd shot is very much on the epic side too Big Grin
  • 2 0
 you've got to love his new rig though... Shweeeet!
  • 1 0
 always want the dog to get it together and slam down a supersolid run and show his true potential!! CMON lad do yourself and your country proud!!
  • 3 0
 Now this is gonna make it interesting......mud.....the great equalizer.
  • 3 0
 Love the rainbow stripes at the bottom =P
  • 3 1
 I wanna see Danny Hart win it but I reckon Gee will pull it together come race day
  • 3 0
 does the tire really need that much sealant??? wow thats a lot!!
  • 1 0
 I thought that, but then he probably stores lots of it in that water bottle and he's actually just started pouring this particular tyre in. That whole bottle would 1/4 fill a tyre lol.
  • 2 0
 brendan's kit is soooooo sick!!!!
  • 2 0
 Imagine an Atherton complaining about the track?
  • 1 0
 its wet and steep, they are in their element!
  • 1 0
 I'd like to see Gwin take the win. It'd set a new record for one; and two it would make next year mighty interesting.
  • 1 0
 Why does Buchanan have no protection except from his helmet? or are those knee pads or skins, i can't tell! lol
  • 1 0
 pads under skins .. needs to give his head a shake !!
  • 1 0
 with all the mud that track is sooooo sketchy!
  • 1 0
 already had big problems when the track had been dry :O
  • 1 0
 Is Rachel atherton wearing five ten shoes on the second picture??
  • 1 0
 Yes
  • 1 0
 finally some good coverage of the ladies
  • 3 3
 Can't believe some walked the track...?
  • 11 0
 I know. God forbid you walk something before you ride it...
  • 7 0
 I think you read it as some walked it as they weren't able to ride it whereas the reality is that sometimes you're far better off walking a track while practice is ongoing to see what others are doing. Especially when practice goes on for so many days it's all about making best use of your time - and sometimes that's by not riding, despite it perhaps seeming at odds with what those on the outside would expect.
  • 3 0
 well said, that's a great description!
  • 1 0
 nice photos
  • 1 0
 what about SH?
  • 2 1
 Did you hear about the new SH? it's called AG!
  • 1 0
 AG? hahahahahaha nop
  • 1 0
 nice picture.
  • 1 0
 Amazing pics well done!

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