World Champs FINALS - 2014 - Hafjell Photo Epic- Day 5

Sep 8, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  
TV day
for some it was a brutal day of broken bikes and broken body parts.
  With the cameras finally rolling here in Hafjell, it was a brutal day of broken bikes and broken body parts for some.

Manon Carpenter holding the stripe and empty champagne bottle high up for her first time.
  For others it was all about the fizzy taste of World number one glory.

The Calm before the storm.
  See that reflection? That's the calm before the storm.

Norway s own Isak Leivsson suffered a brutal crash on track here last year breaking his femur in the rocks. A 37th finish and some of the raddest shapes all weekend show he s got no demons.
  Norway's own Isak Leivsson suffered a nightmare crash on track here last year, breaking his femur in the rocks. A 37th finish and some of the raddest shapes all weekend and it's clear he's conquered his demons.

Gee Atherton absolutely stoked through and through to join the rainbow striped two-timer club here in Hafjell.
  Gee Atherton absolutely stoked through and through to join the rainbow-striped two-timer club here in Hafjell.

bigquotesIt was a tough season and I knew this weekend was gonna be an all or nothing type of thing and it definitely went that way for me. I'm actually really gutted for Bryce because he has had an amazing fight this season and he has been in touch at a lot of races this year. It looked like it would be going that way this weekend too, but you know that's downhill mountain biking... It shows how tough it is at the moment and how hard everyone is pushing. It's hard to win the champs once and then to know how good it is to win it, you want it so much again every year and it's like you're missing it. I knew I can do it still. The champs and the overall are very different and I still don't really know myself what's more important, but right know I can only tell it's an amazing feeling to be the World Champ again - Gee Atherton - Atherton Racing


Gee Atherton committed through the rocks.
  Despite only narrowly avoiding a repeat G-spot disaster, Gee put down a strong run showing the deadly form he's maintained on track since the very start of practice.

Good way to finish off the season working late every night in Mongo s Condo. We were missing Dave Nate and Matt but Sven Martin Duncan Philpott Maddog Boris The Hoff Parkin Brothers Joe Boweman and Hannah Jonsson held things down proper. World Champs of media.
  Good way to finish off the season working late every night in Mongo's Condo. We were missing Dave, Nate and Matt but Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, Maddog Boris, The Hoff, Parkin Brothers, Joe Bowman, and Hannah Jonsson held things down proper. World Champs of media.

Ratty gives her the ol parking lot bounce test pre race.
  Ratty gives her the ol' parking lot bounce-test pre race. If Josh can bunny hop one meter off the flat, how high could he go at race speed off the bridge jump? Unfortunately we were about to find out and sadly it would cost him the double crown victory of the overall and World Champs.

Taking the high line. Rat Boy s riding has been electric this season but one huck to flat on the finish line jump ended his chance of earning the rainbow stripes. The most recent update is as follows- Following his accident at the end of his run during the DHI Men Elite Finals this afternoon British downhiller Josh Bryceland has been ferried to hospital. He will pass a scan and will undergo surgery for metatarsal fracture or multiple fractures and dislocation
  Taking the high line all day... Rat Boy's riding has been electric this season, but today the mother of all hucks-to-flat on the last jump ended his chance of earning the rainbow stripes. The most recent update is as follows- "Following his accident at the end of his run during the DHI Men Elite Finals this afternoon, British downhiller Josh Bryceland has been ferried to hospital. He will pass a scan and will undergo surgery for metatarsal fracture or multiple fractures and dislocation."

Tegan Molloy backed up her Jr World Cup title with a World Championship title here in Norway.
  Tegan Molloy backed up her Jr World Cup title with a World Championship title here in Norway.

Jr. Women s Podium.
  Jr. Women's Podium.

who would have guessed that a Jr. medal would go to a rider from Ireland.
  Who would have guessed that a Jr. medal would today go to a rider from Ireland...none other than Jacob Dickson of Dirt Magazine.

After qualifying on a clean run back in 22nd Connor Hamilton smashed his way to 5th place in the finals. The kiwi junior is on the rise... Here s hoping he gets the necessary sponsorship to make more of the World Cups next year.
  After qualifying on a clean run back in 22nd, Connor Hamilton smashed his way to 5th place in the finals. The kiwi junior is on the rise... Here's hoping he gets the necessary sponsorship to make more of the World Cups next year.

Aussie junior Max Warshawsky pinning the outside berm option on his way to a 4th place finish on Norwiegen dirt.
  Aussie junior, Max Warshawsky, pinning the outside berm option on his way to a 4th place finish on Norwegian dirt.

What a ride for Trek World Racing young gun Laurie Greenland. Greenland finished second and will be a force in 2015.
  What a ride for Trek World Racing young gun, Laurie Greenland. Greenland finished second, and will be a force in 2015.

Luca Shaw was up at the first split and on the run of his life but the track proved treacherous and ended the young American s World Champ dreams... for now.
  Luca Shaw was up at the first split and on the run of his life, but the track proved treacherous and ended the young American's World Champ dreams... for now.

The track at Hafjell was loose and dusty today and everyone was giving it all they had. Sometimes all was just too much.
  The track at Hafjell was loose and dusty today, and everyone was giving it all they had. Sometimes, all was just too much.

Crashes were the name of the game for the the top Jr. qualifiers.
  Crashes were the name of the game for the the top Jr. qualifiers.

Loris didn t rack under pressure and backed up his top spot in seeding with the fastest time of the day.
  Loris didn't rack under pressure and backed up his top spot in seeding with the fastest time of the day.

Jr. Men s podium
  Jr. Men's podium

Congrats Loris Vergier.
  Congrats Loris Vergier for being a demon on a bike all year long.

Gwin getting a final race prep from John Hall.
  The mystery man, Aaron Gwin getting a final race prep from John before go time.

Everyone was prepared for the official end to the season.
  Everyone is prepared for the official end of the season 'palooza. Not sure how many this serves, but it's Norway so everyone's gotta economize.

Loic Bruni was looking hopeful after team mate Loris Vergier took the win in the juniors.
  Loic Bruni was looking hopeful after team mate Loris Vergier took the win in the juniors.

 This sandwich is pretty damn good huh mmmmhmmmmmgggg
  "This sandwich is pretty damn good huh?" "mmmmhmmmmmgggg"... Polygon do lunch.

It was a bit chilly to begin the women s race and many opted to warm up in the pits before heading up the lift. Quiet time and focus for Manon.
  It was a bit chilly to begin the women's race and many opted to warm up in the pits before heading up the lift. Quiet time and focus for Manon.

Kinter hits the slab n slide option and gets ready to nail the rock garden coming out fifth on the other side.
  Kintner hits the slab n slide option and gets ready to nail the rock garden, coming out fifth on the other side.

Husband amp Wife Team owners and best friends. Bryn Atkinson congratulates Jill Kintner after her run.
  Husband and wife, team owners and best friends. Bryn Atkinson congratulates Jill Kintner after her run.

Germany s Steffi Marth of Trek Gravity Girls is the only rider to compete in both 4X and downhill World Championships for 2014. A bronze 4X medal in Leogang and 16th at her first DH champs is no bad year on two wheels
  Germany's Steffi Marth of Trek Gravity Girls is the only rider to compete in both 4X and downhill World Championships for 2014. A bronze 4X medal in Leogang and 16th at her first DH champs is no bad year on two wheels!

Tahnee Seagrave is the first riders since Sam Hill in 2004 to back up a Jr World title with a medal in Sr Worlds the following year.
  Tahnee Seagrave is the first rider since Sam Hill in 2004 to back up a Jr World title with a medal in Sr Worlds the following year.

Tahnee Seagrave rounded out the women s podium making it a GB one two and three.
  After stomping the junior crown in Pietermaritzburg last summer, Tahnee rounded out the women's podium for a GB one, two, three. Congrats to Tahnee and FMD Racing on a stormer of a season.

Myriam looked incredible coming back from her broken hand and based on her TT yesterday was a genuine title contender...
  Myriam looked incredible coming back from her broken hand and based on her TT yesterday was a genuine title contender...

Pom Pon was on a scorcher of a run but a crash kept her off the podium and she ended up in eighth.
  Pom Pon was on a scorcher of a run, but sadly a crash kept her off the podium and she ended up back in eighth.

The dirt on the goggles tells it all for Myriam Nicole.
  The dirt on the goggle strap tells it all for Myriam Nicole.

Tracey Hannah took the safer but slower outside line through the rock garden. This and perhaps one other safe option somewhere else on track could have cost her a medal as she was just 3 seconds of Seagrave s bronze. Then again plenty of riders threw down all their chips and paid the price this weekend. Fourth s no bad deal
Tracey Hannah looked fast in practice all week but the look on her face as she crossed the line confirms her race run didn t go to plan.
  Tracey Hannah looked fast in practice all week, but the look on her face as she crossed the line confirmed her race run didn't go to plan. In the rock garden she took the safer, but slower outside line and just this and perhaps one other safe option somewhere else on track could have been what cost her a medal as she was just 3 seconds off Seagrave's bronze. Then again plenty of riders threw down all their chips and paid a much heavier price this weekend... Fourth's no bad deal!

Manon Carpenter diving into the main rock garden holding her line right through the belly of the beast.
  Manon Carpenter diving into the main rock garden, holding her line right through the belly of the beast.

Manon Carpenter got on the gas today and edged out fellow Brit Rachel Atherton.
  Manon got on the gas today and edged out the defending champ Rachel Atherton, taking her down in the final split, by almost no time at all.

Rachel Atherton.
  Rachel Atherton rode superbly all weekend and certainly had a few people convinced she would be hanging onto the jersey.

Up at the first two splits it came down to the wire for Rachel but she would lose all time gained over the last minute of the track.
  Up at the first two splits, it would come down to the wire for Rachel but she would lose all time gained over the last minute of the track.

Manon Carpenter s reaction to Rachel Atherton s 2nd split on the left and her finish time on the right.
  Manon Carpenter's reaction to Rachel Atherton's 2nd split on the left and her finish time on the right.

Your 2014 World Champion. Well done Manon.

bigquotesIt's so crazy! I wasn't expecting it at all. I wanted to have a good fight and I knew all the girls were going quick. I just wanted to put down a run that I was happy with like I wouldn't regret anything and give it 100% and that's what I did. At the bottom I was like 'fair play if Rach beats me because that was a good run'. It was so close! I knew when she came over the bridge it's about ten seconds from there and I thought I was just gonna miss out... Then it went red and I won. About five minutes later when we made interviews I was like: I just got the stripes for next year and forever... which is nice! I didn't think I would get it on this track so I am really happy. I am looking forward to take the jersey home for the nationals next week, especially as the Brits had such a good weekend... Gee, Josh, Laury Greenland as well in the juniors so yeah, well good! - Manon Carpenter - Madison Saracen


Carpenter taking a well deserved victory lap.
  Your 2014 World Champion, Manon Carpenter taking a well deserved victory lap.

Women s podium
  Gold, silver and bronze all forged on the shores of Her Majesty's Great British empire

Rainbow glory
  Manon tastes the rainbow for the very first time.

Three Britts on the podium mens there was much to celebrate.
  Three Brits on the podium meant there was rather much to celebrate...

Well done Manon Carpenter well done indeed.
  Beer is a lot like tea, only fizzier. Cheers on the double crown Manon!

Watching the live feed has never been a good way to judge a track. Rest assured Hafjell World Cup track ranks pretty high up there on the brutality and speed scales combined. Only the very best riders in the World are able to make it look easy and find flow while all other mortals put their bikes and bodies through all kinds of punishment.
  Watching the live feed has never been a good way to judge a track. Rest assured Hafjell World Cup course ranks pretty high up there on the brutality and speed scales combined. Only the very best riders in the world are able to make it look easy and find flow, while all other mortals put their bikes and bodies through all kinds of punishment.

Death grip it and rip it
  Death grip it and rip it.

As the men s race kicked off the crowds began to gather in the finish arena
  As the men's race kicked off the crowds began to gather in the finish arena and talk the talk of who could take it home.

Different line options through the rocks kept riders on their toes.
  Different line options through the rocks kept riders on their toes. Few mistakes would prove inconsequential here at Hafjell.

Healing vibes out to Connor Fearon after suffering a brutal crash in these rocks just moments after this frame as he cornered out of the rocks. Broken cheek nose concussion and a lot of stitches in his face. Hope to never see a crash like that again in my career.
  Healing vibes go out to Connor Fearon after suffering a brutal crash in these rocks just moments after this frame. The carnage included a broken cheek, nose, concussion and a lot of stitches in his face, all of course wearing a fastened full-face helmet. You'll have to check Connor's Instagram for an up to date selfie... Rest up Connor, we can't wait to see you back on the chase next season!

Bryn Atkinson put down some full bore Aussie speed hitting over 82kph in the trap.
  Bryn Atkinson putting down some full bore Aussie speed, hitting over 82kph in the trap and claiming another top 20.

One giant S for Slovenia...
  One giant 'S' for Slovenia...

Steve Peat always corners with perfect style and it s no surprise Josh does the same.
  Steve Peat always corners with perfect style and it's no surprise Josh does the same.

Remi Thirion put down a heater of a run World Champs were announced today to be held in Andorra where he won last year and a very good chance he could again in 2015.
  Remi Thirion put down a heater of a run in the afternoon. World Champs were announced today to be held in Andorra where he won last year and a very good chance he could again in 2015.

Remi Thirion was the first rider down to get the crowd excited by boosting into the rocks.
  Thirion was the first rider down to get the crowd excited by boosting into the rocks.

Brook Macdonald would have been on the podium had this been a WC amp Danny Hart managed to bee 2nd at the top split before hitting the dirt.
  Brook MacDonald would have been on the podium had this been a WC and Danny Hart managed to make 2nd at the top split before hitting the dirt.

The Bulldog was charging hard today and took fifth place.
  The Bulldog was charging hard today and took fifth place.

No chain from the top of the track and riding like a man possessed Neko Mullally managed to finish 4rth today. Just 1.5secoff out of the medals and just 2 sec away from the win. What could have been.
  No chain from the top of the track and riding like a man possessed, Neko Mullally managed to finish 4th today. Just 1.5 seconds off the medals and just 2 sec away from the win. What could have been.

Neko Mullaly won the chainless Worlds race.
  Neko Mullaly official winner of the chainless Worlds race.

The run everyone will be talking about for some time to come. Mullaly takes fourth chainless from the first pedal stroke.
  Certainly a run everyone will be talking about for some time to come. A mighty long spell in the hotseat from the first pedal stroke.

Across the line and into the hot seat yet few up on the hill had even realized that the whole run had been done without a chain.
  Few up on the hill had even realized that the whole run had been done without a chain. It was a hilarious moment when Page and Warner realized he was in fact up on time at the split after discussing what a shame it was his hopes were all over.

Neko Mulally only 2 seconds off Gee without a chain. Would have smoked the field with a little more pedal power.
  2 seconds off Gee, you have to think he would have smoked the field with pedal power.

Instant legend status. No Chain no problem. Gnarly Mullaly now knows just what he is capable of.
  Instant legend status. Gnarly Mullaly now knows just what he is capable of for next season.

No one could be more proud of this guy than his Mom.
  No one could be more proud of the fastest American at Worlds than his Mom.

The second fastest Aussie of the day after Troy was Bergamont-Hayes shredder Jack Moir. Looking solid in practice the 20 year old was able to claim his best ever result of tenth place in the final. Well played no.33
  The second fastest Aussie of the day after Troy Brosnan was Bergamont-Hayes shredder Jack Moir. Looking solid in practice, the 20 year old was able to claim his best ever result of tenth place in the final. Well played the no.33.

Sam Hill was looking unstoppable here and would end the day with the fastest top 2 splits but sadly things came undone for same on the last rock garden.
This is what happens when you get a few inches off line at Sam Hill speed.
  Sam Hill was looking unstoppable here and would end the day with the fastest top 2 splits, but sadly things came undone for Sam on the last rock garden.

This was one of the gnarliest crashes I have witnessed in recent memory.
Luckily Sam only suffered a broken neck brace and a sore hand.
  This is what happens when you get a few inches off line at Sam Hill speed.... Surely one of the gnarliest crashes we've ever seen him take. Luckily Sam only suffered a broken neck-brace and a sore hand.

Sam Hill was on a bombastic run. It all came to an abrupt halt in the lower rock garden.
  Shaking it off as he emerged from the woods, Sam Hill continued to pin to line, possibly with strong memories of 2008 disaster surging to mind. The day was to become even more painfully reminiscent for Hill, ending with the very same winner from that year in Italy.

Just a herd of photo nerds.
  Just a bunch of photo nerds lying in wait for the money shot.

Blenky attacked Hafjell in his signaure balls -to-the wall ragged style but might have gotten slightly too loose this time. Even if safe riding means better results let s hope he never changes
  Blenky attacked Hafjell in his signature balls-to-the wall, ragged style, but might have gotten slightly too loose this time. Even if safe riding means better results let's hope he never changes!

Blenki pinned into the finish for 7th just in front of teammate Loic Bruni.
  Blenky pinned into the finish for 7th just in front of teammate Loic Bruni.

Top contenders Loic Bruni and Greg Minnaar were just off the pace today.
  Neither top contenders Loic Bruni nor Greg Minnaar were able to close the contest down here in Norway.

Greg had problems with his rear wheel early on in his run and lost enough pressure to cause him to hit a tree attempting the creek gap a feature he had totally dialed. We ll never know what Greg could have done here but his TT run of 3.27 was already a top ten time in the race today and in identical conditions. Either way the 3 time defending champ was super unlucky and totally gutted to miss out on a fair defense of his stripes.
  Greg had problems with his rear wheel early on in his run and lost enough pressure to cause him to hit a tree attempting the creek gap, a feature he had totally dialed in practice sessions. We'll never know what Greg could have done here, but his TT run of 3.27 was already a top ten time in the race today and in identical conditions. Either way, the 3 time defending champ was gutted to miss out on a fair defense of his stripes.

Green finish line light in sight Gee smashes the final corner.
  With that green finish-line light in sight, Gee smashes one last corner with one of his classic foot-stomps of authority.

Gee Atherton may not have have the best World Cup season but on the one day where a win mattered most - he made it count.
  Gee Atherton may not have have the best World Cup season, but on the one day where a win mattered most - he made it count. Seems he has quite a knack for it.

Brosnan in full race tuck on the open grass turns. The young Aussie finished third today. Not a bad way to finish the season.
  Brosnan in full race tuck on the open grass turns. The young Aussie finished third today. Not a bad way to finish the season.

Troy Brosnan will have some rainbow stripes on his arm in no time..
  We certain Troy Brosnan will have some rainbow stripes on his arm in no time..

Ratboy fan club.
  The Ratboy fan club await as the live feed shows Bryceland taking the faster split on another wild and raucous dream run.

Josh was up heading into the finish but a broken left foot on the last jump left him unable to pedal to the line. He would finish just .4 back in 2nd.
  After a monumentally huge overshoot Josh came crashing down to Earth, smashing his left foot off the pedal and stomping it into the floor horribly. Still in the green, but unable to pedal to the line we can't imagine the pain the combination of which produced for poor Ratboy. He would finish just 0.4 back for a silver medal.

Post ankle breaking cruise down into the line.
  The face and foot of one helpless, post ankle-break, freewheel to the line... all as a World Championship victory ticked away.

As soon as Josh crossed the line it was apparent something was terribly wrong.
  At that point no one was quite sure what was happening, but it certainly wasn't champs euphoria for anybody. As soon as Josh came to a stop it was apparent something was terribly wrong.

Josh announces that he s made a real mess of his foot to the horror of team manager Kathy and team mate Peaty.
  Josh announces that he's made a real mess of his foot to the horror of team manager, Kathy and team mate, Peaty.

Greg and Peat carrying Ratty
Greg and Steve carried Josh over to the hotseat so he could receive medical attention. He was in a lot of pain and was rushed straight to the hospital for evaluation.
  Greg and Steve carried Josh over to the hotseat so he could receive medical attention. He was in a lot of pain and was rushed straight to the hospital for evaluation.

Ratboy didn t quite expect to be in the hotseat like this.
  No one really knew what to do or how to act while all this was unfolding. There was a new champs winner, but at the same time a very serious accident. It was easy to feel sorry for both the wounded Josh and a stifled Champs victory for Gee. It was really a distinct low point in an otherwise exceptionally brilliant season.

It was a bit of a strange end to the day with Josh hurt and only Troy and Gee on the podium.
  It was a bit of a strange and to be honest, sad end to the day and a phenomenal year with Josh hurt and only Troy and Gee on the podium. Nevertheless with Josh in good hands and still claiming the silver medal, proceedings went as normal and the other champions could start to celebrate their successes.

Tears rach n tay
uci medal
  After a six year interval, the most coveted piece of jewelry in mountain biking hangs around the neck of the mighty Gee Atherton for a second time. Downhill mountain biking will continue to forever be about risk and reward, luck and losses. Gee dosed his risk level just perfectly on the day and took another gold back to Britain.

With only two guys on the podium it was a Crystal duel at 2 yards.
  With only two guys on the podium it was a Crystal duel at 2 yards.

The Men s podium minus one celebrates in Hafjell.
Taylor Vernon Dan Brown and sister Rachel were the first to congratulate Gee on his second World Championship title.
  Taylor Vernon, Dan Brown, and sister Rachel congratulate Gee on his second World Championship title. No mean feat.

Rather than dwelling on what could have beens Troy was pumped to finally get his first senior champs medal after his two junior titles.
  Rather than dwelling on 'what could have beens', Troy was pumped to finally get his first senior champs medal after his two junior titles.

bigquotesI gave it everything out there and just almost had the perfect run, so to come down and see this red by only 0.5 is hard to take that in... When you want to win the World Champs that badly it's hard to see a red on the board. But apart from that I ended up 3rd place and for my first upcoming year where I actually started to win some races and be right up there to get a medal on World Champs and even if it's bronze is amazing! I wanted to be up there so long and so much. It's been a big year for me and it will be good to go home, chill out and come back next year and try to win it over again - Troy Brosnan - Specialized Racing


Ratboy was here in spirit thanks to Kathy Sessler. Carted off to the hospital at the finish line one hell of a way to end a race. Most people wouldn t have continued riding after breaking their ankle the way Ratboy did.
  Ratboy was here in spirit thanks to Kathy Sessler. Carted off to the hospital at the finish line, one hell of a way to end a race. Fair to say most people wouldn't have continued riding after breaking their ankle the way Ratboy did.

The healing vibes are being sent out to Rat Boy from pits far and wide. Heal up quick Ratty we want to see you at your best next season.
  The healing vibes are being sent out to Rat Boy from pits far and wide. Heal up quick Ratty, we want to see you back at your best next season.

It s Miller time. Except not especially if you re from Belgium.
  It's Miller time. Except not, especially if you're from Belgium. It was to be one particularly jolly evening chez Atherton!


By Nathan Hughes




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177 Comments

  • + 432
 I feel terrible for Rat, but I feel even worse for Gee, what with the majority of comments on here being along the lines of 'he was lucky, he didn't deserve the win' and 'Hill/Ratboy would have smoked him if they hadn't both crashed' - irrespective of the fact that Gee lost at least a second in the rocks himself.

To win the world champs, and then be treated as if you've done something wrong, mustn't be a very nice feeling. He's not the villain here, especially as he was one of the first to check on Ratty, and went on to say how gutted he was for him. He really doesn't deserve all the shit he's getting.
  • + 77
 Well said. It's a risky business, and to finish first, first you have to finish. Gee was the winner because he best rode the line between winning and binning. He too could have gone faster but he too may have binned it if he did. Perfect race for him I'd say. Shame about it being flat at the end though. You deserve all the applause if you win.
  • + 53
 So true. Been following Sam Hill for 10 years. Yes Sam would have won if he did fall off. But he did, so happy that he is ok. Hope that ratboy heals up and is ok. But Gee won fair and square because he got to the bottom quickest. It's a race. Hates are going to hate. Gee is going to be Gee. Good win Gee you were against the world and you got down quickest. If your not first you last. And always check that your chain is on tight.
  • - 15
flag jaame (Sep 8, 2014 at 2:19) (Below Threshold)
 @t-bot nice one. Sam is a f*cking beast. I guess that's why he's the people's champ. Like Kevin Schwantz. Win it or die trying!
  • + 7
 @jops, you are completely right about Gee, but Hill and Ratty had an absolutely amazing runs and we all feel that they deserved more even if Ratty took the silver in fact. These could be one of the best runs ever and especially Ratty's run sitting relaxed on the saddle in the middle of his race run, jumping over the whole final jump, hucking to flat. That was insane. Hill lines were insane. Saying all this Gee also had fantastic run, taking the win almost crashing and he deserved his win, no doubt about that. But Ratty was phenomenal this year and deserved a double, especially with a run like that. He was the man in 2014. And Hill was pretty close.
I don't feel sorry only for Niko. Why? Of course with a chain he could go for a medal, but that chainless run made him a real legend. People will not remember Gee's run after years, but they will do remember how Ratty jumped almost to the finish line and mostly they will remember what Niko did with no chain. Just like people won't forget the mad no tire run of Gwin in Leogang.
  • + 47
 Its incredible how media is hiding Gee´s win... Only 2 pictures of him on the bike in this article... no headlines... pinkbike I don´t know what you are doing...
  • + 50
 Exactly, not falling off is part of putting together a perfect race run. As much as I like Ratboy and Hill, they both made mistakes and crashed, and that's what cost them the title. Gee absolutely deserves the win.
  • + 18
 Exactly, Ratboy's mistake cost more than Gee's mistake both in time and pain, that's just racing and Gee deserves the win for making the lesser mistake of the two. Shit I'm happy Ratboy though blowing up his foot still got Silver! Awesome!
  • + 18
 Definitely spot on here. I annoys me when people play the whole "what if" and "luck" game especially when it comes to crashes.

Crashes have nothing to do with luck. They mean you messed up. Hill and Ratboy were not were not simply unlucky as people would make it sound. They crashed because they messed up their runs, plain and simple. They did not deserve to win. Everyone points to the splits and says how they were on good runs, but then ignores the reason they were on such good runs, which is that they were pushing very hard. But when you crash, that means you pushed to hard and when you do that, you crash and don't win, nor do you deserve too.

Gee on the other hand was not 'lucky', he was great. He was the one who found the proper balance between speed and staying on the bike and for that he deserved the win.
  • - 12
flag groghunter (Sep 8, 2014 at 9:57) (Below Threshold)
 I don't think Sam made a true mistake, I think he got caught by that rock in just the wrong way. It's not like he got off his line or something, it's obviously where he intended to go. Maybe the hole got a little deeper since the last time he went down. I'd consider what Ratboy did more of an actual error, as it seems like he just got a little too excited & just lost concentration on the front side of the jump. Live & learn. Gutted for both of them. I'm sure Gee would prefer to win it straight up as well, it's always sucks to win because other's got hurt or caught by something small. Reminds me of Joyride last year, Wasn't Semenuk's fault that Martin bailed so hard, but what do you do when you just won something you've been striving so hard for, then realize after you've started getting excited about winning that one of your buddies has gotten seriously hurt?
  • + 10
 This is exactly what I am talking about when people consider a crash bad luck. You are correct, he did catch that rock in just the wrong way. And you are correct he likely didn't get off his line. But with that said, he crashed, meaning he messed up his run, thus he didn't deserve to win. Staying on your bike is the most important part of winning a race. Just because he messed up the line he wanted to be on, doesn't mean he didn't mess up.
  • - 10
flag groghunter (Sep 8, 2014 at 11:25) (Below Threshold)
 I didn't say he deserved to win, but it's hard to watch a perfect run get blown by something that's hard to even call a mistake.
  • + 10
 There are 9 photos in that story with Gee so not sure what you are getting on about.
  • + 7
 on vital interview sam mentions he went off his line a tiny bit going into that section and that caused him to hit that rock. with times SO close any tiny mistake would cost anyone to lose. gee simply was able to manage his for the win. hell, the guy goes to rampage! this is elite next level athletes. for me, it'd be hard to really comprehend what is going on at those speeds for them. i know i f'n can't.
  • + 5
 grog how can you think that Sam didn't make a mistake? He crashed. sucks but that's how it went. his tire was off line or he didn't pick it up enough. good news is that Sam is on it as as so many others, especially Sam, Ratty and now Neko.
  • + 8
 Josh grabbed too much air and over shot the landing - Josh went crazy fast and paid terrible consequences. Sam's tire got off line. You can go down the list.... To quote Pink Bike, "Downhill mountain biking will continue to forever be about risk and reward, luck and losses." Gee did everything right in the end to win.
  • + 14
 @groghunter - You have an odd way of quantifying a mistake. "He got caught by that rock in just the wrong way"? What? Unless the rock came to life and scuttled in front of him, then he made a mistake, and went down because of it. The track was exactly as it was when he walked it beforehand,and exactly as it was in practice and qualifying.

If Sam was taken out by a falling tree or prancing deer, then it'd be easier for you to argue this point.
  • - 2
 Apparently, I'm on the wrong side of popular opinion on this, but part of my point that you're not picking up on, is that you hit that rock the same way he did, & probably 99 times out of 100, you get thrown off line, not chucked over the bars. it's fairly apparent, at least in my opinion from the pics & video, that his front wheel just BARELY crossed the line from deflection into full on, getting caught in the hole. How dare I express commiseration for him, & for ratboy, getting taken out in such nasty ways?

That's racing. Never said it wasn't.

Also, if you think that track hadn't changed massively after all the juniors, all the women, & half the men going down it at race speed, you're an idiot.
  • + 3
 Yeah saying that someone else should have won, all bar a timing error, is ridiculous. Staying on the bike is part of the game. It's like saying 'that shoulda been a goal if.. '. It woulda if it shoulda.
  • + 9
 Crashing is part of racing, sam is my favourite rider but it's his fault for going off line. If someone takes a bad line and loses time we don't say the winner doesn't deserve it, it's all part of racing. Gee has done so much for our sport and deserves more credit.
  • + 6
 I agree with your first point, inasmuch as rock gardens are notoriously unpredictable. It may well be true that it's far more likely to be thrown off line rather than crash as he did, but it's still because of rider error - not being able to hold your line, misjudging your speed, or distributing your weight wrongly -that leads to this. He wouldn't have been thrown off line OR have binned it hard if he'd not misjudged something. He clearly didn't ride it faultlessly. Neither did Gee. He just hit it better, judged the course better, and won fairly.

Your second point, about the course having changed significantly enough to unseat Sam, is laughable. Watch the footage again. Large, immovable rocks and tree roots embedded in hard packed earth. Irrespective of the amount of riders, how much is that likely to change? And, if it did, why was it a problem for Sam and not others? Likely answer is - Sam went too fast, distributed his weight wrong, or made one of a multitude of possible mistakes, which other riders did not. Simple as that, really.

Also, no need to call anyone an idiot - this is a discussion, not a fight. You can express whatever sentiment you want - for what it's worth, I wanted Ratboy to win, and am chuffed to see Sam back up there again. No need to get snippy, chum.
  • + 3
 all this makes neko's run even crazier in retrospect. plenty could've gone wrong when and after that chain broke
  • + 1
 Hard packed dirt? are you insane? did you not see all the dust?

Literally every world cup broadcast they talk about how much the course changes over the week. Do you somehow think that doesn't apply to raceday? Regardless, the point is moot: While that may have looked like a line Sam could have ridden, & done so fast enough to win, he apparently said it wasn't the line he was trying to ride.
  • + 7
 I'm sure Gee could have ridden much faster and crashed like those that didn't win.
  • + 1
 @groghunter,
Watch the vital slideshow.
www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/SLIDESHOW-Wildest-World-Champs-Ever-Victory-and-Carnage-from-DH-Finals-Photos-in-Hafjell,8104/Slideshow,0/sspomer,2
Sam himself says he was slightly off line. Being off line is a mistake, therefore, Sam Hill truly did make a mistake and crashed because of it. Please stop blaming the ground.
  • + 6
 Man I bet Gee had a good &#**@*! moment when he had his little hiccup in the same spot he had trouble in last year, but he managed to recover and prevail over that Hafjell beast this time!!!
  • + 4
 To finish first, first you have to finish.
  • + 3
 I'm not so sure Josh would have had it anyway. That jump is not far from the finish line on an open section where everyone is motoring on. He was almost half a second back. Sure he couldn't pedal, but look at what Neko did without pedalling. Gee's win is fair and square if you ask me.
  • + 1
 Neko increased his speed on landing the jump. Josh lost his speed on the flat landing, so obviously you can't compare both. If Ratty could pedal to the finish that would definitely be a gold medal for him IMO. Of course that doesn't mean Gee win isn't fair. Of course it is. Just lets be honest here. If the jump wasn't too small for the Ratty's skills we would have a different winner now.
  • + 2
 If Ratty´s skills managed to jump a jump lower than his skills, he would have the skills to kill the under skilled jump...
  • + 0
 Hard packed dirt? are you insane? did you not see all the dust?"

Dust = dry conditions.
Dry conditions = hard ground.

Lots of dust, yeah, but unless the race was in the f*cking Sahara instead of Norway, the ground underneath is going to be solid. The effect the dust may impart is negligible to say the least - it certainly didn't cause Sam's bike to end up over his head. A god damned rock did, dude.
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/11395879 Team Rumors for the upcoming season, who will ride for which team!
  • + 4
 One way or another, Gee wins World Cups, he Wins World Champions, he is runner up in two Rampages, he wins numerous city downhills before it comes right now. Well that's one hell of curriculum vitae for an elite level racer. He deserve every title for every training regime he's done.
  • + 89
 so a guy arrives 4th at the world champs with an almost full chainless run. the second place is taken buy a guy that sprained, dislocated and broke his ankle, still managed to finish his run with something that must have been an excruciating pain. Another one faceplants A ROCKGARDEN going warpspeed, just bounces off his back on the bike again to finish anyway. ask me why i love this sport.
  • + 37
 downhill, because soccer and golf only require one ball.
  • + 4
 That..^^^ is utter genius.
  • + 59
 Been thinking about poor josh and his ankle all night before I went to sleep , left me feeling cold and kinda took the edge of an amazing race for me , and so glad hill seems to be ok I thought he was gonna have a potential career ending crash , I let out a big yelp of ' FUCKING HELL ' when he went down , loud enough that the family come down stairs to see what I was exclaiming about. And big grats to the brit girls and also to gee , I had a feeling he would win this one.
  • + 35
 I always root for Gee but it's been amazing to see the breakthrough of Ratboy smoking everything. This season is a tough act to follow but with the return of Steve Smith, Loic Bruni getting closer, Hill pushing like mad, Ratboy knowing the taste of victory and Gee not going anywhere... next year's racing will be worth the wait!!! Best racing event on the planet. Just keep up with the raw and nasty tracks please
  • + 28
 And the emergence of Neko to boot!
  • + 6
 I have too, it was awfull to see him end the season that way... but yeah, Gee is always to see on the podium to, he is a good sportsman!
  • + 7
 All eyes on Neko! Yes, this was one hell of a season.
  • + 8
 And then there's poor Connor who was really starting to get up to pace. A broken face in a rock garden.. Hopefully he can get over it and improve even more for next season
  • + 15
 Shimano stopping Trek and Americans winning world champs since 2012 haha
  • + 12
 @heavyp good one!

I'm going to have to say I think Hill is back with a vengeance, hell be happy with Andorra next year.

As for Bryce... you're a fookin rockstar buddy! I'm a dead set convert. I'm going to be fully on the Jesus Bryceland bandwagon from now on. The future has arrived, and it's got a broken ankle from sheer coolness.
  • + 4
 Bit random but would it be possible that Neko's bike would of been reacting/working differently because he had no chain there for maybe benefiting him over some areas of the course ?
  • + 3
 It was a flat out meatgrinder. I don't think I've ever felt so maggotted after watching a race...
  • + 1
 Couldn't agree mmore with Bigburd, poor josh tho i saw some pictures of that foot and that looked damn messed up :/ get well soon Rat!
  • + 7
 If Im up in Brevard riding and I see Neko....he's getting a beer on me....insane chainless riding!!!
  • + 1
 My take on the Neko run is could it be that because he did not have to pedal at any point, he was fresh throughout most of the track and was able to focus better through all the rough stuff? That run was insane and I was rootin so hard for him to win even though I'm a Gee fan.
  • + 2
 My take is that he is an awesome bike handler, the track is pretty steep, and he just had a totally perfect no pressure run because he believed he was done before he even got going. I think the freshness would have played a part too. I often feel like that myself in races. I'm so knackered from sprinting that by the time I reach the bottom I'm making all kinds of rough movements that I wouldn't make if I wasn't trying so hard. I know he's a pro, he's fit but I bet it still makes a difference. Sometimes you get ragged from trying so hard, pedalling so hard you end up too fast going into corners and then losing time during and on the way out. It just goes to show that being smooth and having great flow can send you down the hill in a very good time.
  • + 2
 yep just that! also I beleive Gee is the man who has come closest to the Gispot...almost even hit it twice... ;-)
  • + 43
 I've found the comments sections on the World Champs articles disappointing. What the three Atherton siblings have done for MTB begs belief. They have all been major factors in pushing this sport to what it has become today in the Jr, Female and Male categories and provided tonnes of great racing entertainment in the process. With Dan surviving a broken neck, Rach proving herself after sustaining injury after injury and Gee providing awesome entertainment over the years with comeback after comeback not to mention the great Atherton - Minnaar battle. Atherton racing have proved that careers can be made in this sport, aiding many teams in being financed by bike companies to tour the DH circuit internationally. What this family have done for the sport we love is astonishing! So I find it very saddening to see so many people slam one of the hardest training athletes, because he won a race and was humble in the process? After such a disappointing season for Gee can't we all just be happy that he won and take the fact he came across the line quickest as the only factor that decides who was the strongest rider on that day and also who was the rightful winner?
  • + 7
 Exactly what I've been wanting to say but couldn't be assed to type it out
  • + 7
 It'll be really cool to see the DH World Champ at rampage. Stoked for Gee!
  • + 23
 That was probably the best racing of the season. Nice to see a thread with no Gee bashing at last, too! He put in an awesome run, and all he could do was sit on that hot-seat and wait for Ratboy to cross the line. I thought that Sam's crash looked bad, but Josh's just sent shivers down my spine. Goes to show what the riders risk when they pin it down these courses - it's why I stopped watching football (soccer), there's no rolling around looking like you've been shot. How the f*ck he managed to get to the bottom of the course amazes me.

Huge props to the chainless wonder Neko, and to the three amazing British ladies Manon, Rach and Tahnee!

Awesome photo epic!
  • + 22
 That's a race that'll go down in history, Val di Sole 08, Canberra 09, Mt St Anne 10, Champery 11, Leogang 12, PMB 13, oh wait, World Champs is always awesome! Neko's run was incredible, both Sam and Josh on to smoke everyone by 3/4 seconds before blow outs, punctures, stacks, Slovenian suicides, Brit ladies 1,2,3's, what an amazing event for the spectator!
  • + 4
 I didn't watch it from the beginning, what was with the Slovenians?
  • + 20
 One rider crashed about 4 times I think and when he got to the bottom jumps he did suicide no-handers over them.
  • + 6
 what was his name?, I'm his fan now
  • + 7
 Lukas Splichal is his name and he's actually Czech not Slovenian. His run starts at 1:56:45 on the replay: www.redbull.com/uk/en/bike/stories/1331674779387/replay-uci-world-championships-downhill?items=1331674779387
  • + 3
 Rob Warner mentioned Cedric Gracia because of that dudes run, and I can't really think of a bigger compliment to receive on your world champs run.
  • + 21
 Congratulations to Gee, fair and square champion. Magnanimous in victory, hope Josh gets back his old self soon, and healing wishes to all the men and women who need them.
  • + 18
 I was standing with Gee when Josh was being tended to and just after winning Worlds. There was no celebrating or gloating. Just genuine concern for another rider who was obviously injured. Class act... Whoever wrote to the contrary wasn't there and hasn't the slightest clue what they are talking About. 99% of the crap you all say about Gee is unfounded and based on things you've read by others who have probably never even met Gee, let alone spoken a word to him.
  • - 2
 But Dave, he doesn't smile on the podium. He's clearly an asshole.
  • + 2
 It's funny how people judge athletes based on what they see on camera. Some people, although genuine good-hearted people, just aren't very outgoing or animated and are thus, labeled 'assholes.' Doesn't make sense to me. Gee seems like a dedicated athlete who puts a lot of time and effort into his sport and although he's competing with all those around him, he doesn't seem like an asshole in the slightest! Congrats to the World Champ for the fastest time down the mountain in what was the most exciting DH event I've ever seen! True class act IMO.
  • + 1
 @lobohusky - just for the record, my comment was a joke. I like Gee.
  • + 1
 @sino428 Dang it, I thought it may have been. Wasn't sure since I've seen so many comments about Gee like this in the past. This was aimed at those comments/ideals in general, not just yours.
  • + 21
 Neko f*cking Mulally what a legend?! Remi looked so pissed!
  • + 7
 haha he could hardly look at him when he took the hot seat haha!
  • + 6
 So stoked for Neko! Really hope that gives him a sh@t ton of confidence for next season!
  • + 14
 The shots with Bryceland, Sessler, Peat and Minnaar give me the chills. Panic. Such a shame to to lose it like this. Heal up quick Ratty, you're a legend. Next year it's yours!
  • + 13
 and an evidently concerned Gee in the background
  • + 11
 Those pictures stir the emotions for sure, but it was great to see the Syndicate family close ranks around Josh to make sure he got the care he needed. There's definitely a lot of love in that team.
  • + 19
 Apparently the Santa Cruz team is more of a family then a Syndicate. And call me crazy, but I think the team also really profits from Kathy Sessler. She isn't just a team manager but more of a mum and cares so much about the whole team.
  • + 3
 Watch the last episode of This is Peaty. You're definitely not crazy.
  • + 1
 Yeah, she goes absolutely nuts when one of her boys wins.
  • + 14
 I just wanna say THANK YOU ALL PINKBIKE CREW for the AMAZING season coverage!
  • + 13
 Such an awesome race!! Thanks pinkbike for all the sick coverage!!
Gutted for rat tho Frown
  • + 9
 Poor Josh!! but to walk to away with the overall and getting second at worlds while breaking your ankle in the last 100m or so of the track is insane! Good on you Rat! get well soon dude. #AllTheLads
  • + 1
 I was yelling at my tv telling him to pedal with one leg. I guess the pain overwhelmed the adrenaline. So sucky though as he was on a near perfect run. Hats off to Gee. He made the least mistakes and won.
  • + 6
 Amazing champs! Gutted for Josh, last thing he needs going into off season training; Sam Hill's crash answers any neck brace questions for good I think, you just don't normally get up from a crash like that. And Troy Brosnan just seems like the nicest guy in downhill by far, lending a hand to Bryceland and always so happy for everyone else's success, hats off to the fella!
  • + 1
 I noticed that about Troy. Dude is genuinely happy anytime anyone does anything. Hell of an attitude to have Smile
  • + 8
 READ THE ARTICLE BELOW
www.pinkbike.com/news/La-Bresse-World-Cup-2011-Minnaar-and-Moseley-win.html
Looks like it isn´t the first time for the Rat.
  • + 8
 ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb11386706/p5pb11386706.jpg
Any 1 cares for some Żubrówka? Big Grin
  • + 4
 specjalnie przejrzałem wszystkie komantarze żeby zobaczyć czy ktoś napisze o tej żubrówce Big Grin
  • + 3
 Wiedza czym najlepiej uczcić zwycięstwoSmile
  • + 1
 Na zachodzie mało znajoooo Frown
  • + 5
 @davetrump @parisgore @mdelorme @natedh9

Just want to take this moment to thank you all for your fantastic contributions to these posts, enabling people like myself who live far away from the events to be there and catch up with some AMAZING shots. Seriously, I still have to pinch myself that I'm getting this high a calibre of press photography for FREE!
I'm already looking forward to next year!
Second, Thanks to Red Bull for sponsoring the live feed once again for this year. It's much appreciated as like the photos, it allows me to distract myself on a Monday morning when I should be working! It's much appreciated.


One final thank you to you all. Have a beer for your efforts Smile
  • + 4
 what an unbelievable race!

watching Mullaly come down chainless with commentators all like "so misfortunate for him with the hopes busted" and stuff, it was actually pretty clear he was carrying amazing speed, so yes, it was a hilarious moment, when a split showed he was 1,7 up or so. Absolutely unreal run from Mullaly.
  • + 1
 That was awesome. Instant 180 degree attitude change. Sad to excited.
  • + 3
 from what I'd heard I thought Josh had made a massive misjudgement but having just watched the head cam footage of Josh's race run - I reckon he must have been overshooting the bridge jump tranny all week or otherwise didn't want to dab his brakes before it . If he'd dabbed them and then rolled in .3 seconds down then he'd have been gutted so he went for it. Fair play to him. I wouldn't be too gutted you've got to pin it to win it. Just a shame that he carried so much speed down the course he could've scrubbed speed off the last jump but surely he wouldn't have known
  • + 7
 That's what I've loved most about the last couple races. You can really see the different styles of all the riders in the decisions and line choices they make; in some races the glory goes to the guy with the biggest balls and the boldest moves, but in others it's the guys who can calculate the right decisions on the fly in their head. Rat made the wrong choice today, but good god what a competitor he is!!!! Like you said, he coulda scrubbed, but he was going for gold and that wasn't the choice he made. Outstanding finish to the season!!!!! Next season should be even more outrageous with all these guys in top form.
  • + 3
 I have never shouted at my TV as much as I did yesterday, exhilarating race. Before the race my thoughts were 'this is between Ratboy and Hill' due to recent form, both of whom are my favourite racers anyway. Guttered for them both as a gold and silver for them would have rounded this incredible year off perfectly. But as many have said, thats racing. Already looking forward to next year, hopefully it will be a long battle between Hill and Ratboy. Also a huge thanks to PinkBike, you guys are the best in the world at covering the most exciting and heart wrenching sport. And Redbull, I don't buy your drink but please keep promoting all these sports and athletes, I fucking appreciate it.
  • + 5
 That was one of the most dramatic and exciting days of racing I've ever seen. The way it all ended wasn't too great though. Rest up and get healing Miami Bryce!
  • + 6
 Thanks to the photographers for the great work and to Pinkbike for giving us couch Dhillers an inside to the sport !
  • + 6
 The Atherons are machines! Every year they show up being a threat - you know thats gonna pay off!
  • + 7
 You guys did a stellar job reporting this race, good stuff media lads.
  • + 3
 That was a gnarly race first a chainless rider laying down an amazing run that would go down in history then an incredible run by a man with flat pedals and a gold bike soon to be ended on a horrible crash and then just when you think you have seen the end of it ratboy blows his ankle.. This race keep me off my seat, best race of the season in my opinion.. Congrats to Gee that was a great run.. I can't wait for next year.. Ratboy I hope you feel better and heal soon.. Can't wait to see the rat in action next year...
  • + 3
 A truly incredible race, and was beautiful to see the comradery at the end when it became clear Bryceland was in a lot of pain, downhill is the epitome of racing, and pro downhillers are the epitome of sportsmanship.
  • + 2
 What a great race, respect to Gee, he was the best man on the day, if you crash you can't win however much people want you to ! I'm just awestruck that Sam Hill not only got up after that crash but then finished his run in real style, that would have knocked the sh1t out of me. What a great result for the Brits and yet we still only have crappy football on TV here !
  • + 2
 Absolutely gutted for the Rat! And Hill - He was flying! Stoked for the Bulldog too, loving the scrubs off those jumps boy! And Blenki looking awesome as always if he can win with that style, that would be something! Manon was awesome and Gee, well Gee is a bit of a dull character, but well done to him he was fast!
  • + 1
 His character was stolen. Groomed out of him by the big money. Can't have him.saying anything real now can we?
  • + 7
 Gee is pure class
  • + 6
 Atertony walą naszą polską żubrówkę? Szacun
  • + 2
 I have no idea where all the hate towards Gee is coming from. I am not particularly a fan of Gee, but I have a ton of respect for him as a mountain biker. His two podiums at Rampage (2004 & 2010), and multiple wins on the WC downhill circuit speak for themselves. Those credentials are quite impressive for someone who rides downhill mountain bikes for a living. I'm sure he could probably rip most people's legs off on a long climb as well. He had the cleanest run on Sunday which made him the fastest down the mountain, that's why he won...end of story. Just because he wasn't the first person to get over to Bryceland at the finish, doesn't make him an a*shole, and nothing he said in his interview makes him an a*shole. Get over it, stop hating, and go ride your damn bike!
  • + 2
 How stupid is it to say "______ would have won if they didn't crash". No shit, that's the point! They can't ride within their limits, which is an indication they are a lesser rider.

Gee won fair and square. If Hill or Ratboy had been riding a slower pace that they could handle, they would not have crashed, and they'd still not have beaten Gee.
  • + 2
 Once a car racer legend said "winning a race is best with the slowest time possible"...Sam Hill is back in form. "Be afraid, Be very afraid! Congratulations to all the winners!
  • + 3
 What a great way to end the season. Amazing race! A big thank you to pinkbike and redbull. Outstanding coverage this year! Counting down to the 2015 season.
  • + 1
 agreed. great season. always counting down the days between october and sea otter classic. time to dust off the skis once again.
  • + 3
 Oh Sam.. I still believe you will have your redemption of that Val Di Sole slide... Keep on believing. Here's to next season.
  • + 2
 Well done Gee, everyone is saying ratboy would have one if he hadn't bust his ankle, but a part of racing is knowing your limits. Well done Gee and Brosnan also heal up soon Ratboy.
  • + 2
 Not that anyone besides me probably cares, but its a bit lame to see so many grammar/spelling errors (literally every other photo) on a journalistic site the caliber of pinkbike...
  • + 1
 It's par for the course these days - proof reading seems to be a dying art. The photos are great, though.
  • + 3
 pretty stoked on 5 of the top 6 men and women are British! but soo bummed for bryce, he almost had it in the bag! healing vibes buddy!
  • + 2
 I've been out of the game for around 7 years and only got back into it this season.......and what a season it has been! I've never been so passionate and committed to riding. GAME ON!
  • + 5
 one of the best photo epics ever!
  • + 1
 Neko Mullaly's chain-less run here in Halfjell has just trumped Aaron Gwin's tire-less run in Leogang as the most entertaining and exciting DH run this year. only 2.2 seconds back & coming in 4th, Neko has just proven his exemplary skill set to the whole world, it's what i would call a "Chain-Less Massacre".
  • + 2
 Neko's run was great because of the time he finished with, but I think Gwins tireless run was more impressive. Riding that course chainless really isn't that difficult as there isn't that much pedaling anyway. But getting down a WC track on only a rim and somehow staying upright is ridiculous.
  • + 3
 the one phrase to sum up this seasons worlds: that's racing!

what an amazing track and course of events to end the season. until next year...thanks PB!
  • + 2
 Arrgghhhh such a good year 2014!!! All the ups and downs are crazy in this sport. You just gotta love it, the intensity and rawness. Everyone podium placement was well deserved. Whatta good read, cheers pinkbike!
  • + 4
 Great pics. A memorable race to say the least! Well done to Gee and Manon, deserving champions.
  • + 2
 I dont give many f#*ks, but when I do, its about mountain biking. Well done to all the riders, one of the best world champs races I have watched.
  • + 1
 Hahaha I just read a comment saying ppl won't remember gee's win but will remember rattys crash and the chain off. Please don't be silly his win goes down in history. Well done gee!
  • + 3
 Too many random results and crashes lately.... Are they having trouble controlling those big wheels?
  • + 2
 Sam Hill's crash was probably one of my worth moments watching Red Bull TV. Hope 2015 will be a season as fantastic as this year concerning the DH series.
  • + 2
 Hey Pinkbike, you guys need to hire a proofreader - such fantastic articles with lots of work obviously put into them are really cheapened by these glaring typos.
  • - 3
 Thanks Buzz Killington, the pictures are worth a million words! Are you an english professor, is this school? NO..
  • + 1
 Man that picture where Gee hugs Rachel says it all. Beautiful intense captured moment between brother and sister. Sorry for Ratboy. Hope his foot heals quickly. What a finale...
  • + 2
 The TT day I said Gee will win and I was right! He was looking so power full, fast and smooth. I knew the others would mess it up.
He´s an unbelievable rider. Congrats!
  • + 1
 To all the riders who put their bikes and their bodies through hell in this race: Thank you for showing us how awesome MTB can be and thank you again for progressing the sport and giving your 100%.
  • + 1
 So many 'what-if's', Sam still fastest at split 2...Josh only.4 back...Neko only 2 seconds back with no chain! it's what makes DH so exciting!
  • + 3
 Heal up soon JOSH and Connor! Both of you are heroes in our hearts!
  • + 4
 Poor rat!!!!
  • + 2
 I noticed that several knee pads ended up on an ankle, after a crash. I'd bet most of those were soft vs hard knee cups.
  • + 3
 Bo żubrówka jest git Smile
  • + 2
 I can't help but think Gee looks like "Banky" from "Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back" haha......
  • + 2
 cheers to the World Champs of media!!
  • + 2
 I know this is probally a really stupid question but where is gwin??
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 Anyone know what happened to Gwin? Did he just have a slow run?
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 yeah he didnt look on form. he didnt even crash, just looked a bit off or uncomfortable, took slow lines etc. shame. i was rooting for him, hill, hart, and minnaar. they all crashed other than gwin who just had an off day.
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 Who needs a video when you have photos this good, amazing work
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 More Photo Epic- Day's Please, and Jr. Men's podium please CHEER THE HELL UP.
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 The photo of the Jr Podium was taken during the playing of the French National Anthem. That is always a time of straight faces, and out of respect the podium and crowd are usually silent. Believe me those guys were all smiles the rest of the time.... try no to take everything so seriously or look for negative things to say, it's super LAME.
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 Thanks, I had know idea, positive from now on.
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 ktos im ta Zubrowke z pl podrzucil - ma Polska banderole normalnie.... Wink
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 ich mechanik jest polakiem... Razz
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 Neko's mom is quite a milf
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 This!!! Need more pictures.
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 Jimmy Saville fucked it up.
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 Anyone know what happened to Branigan?
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 his hand slipped of the bars and he went down. he posted a photo on Instagram saying as much
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 who's that next to rachel? GR!...
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 Her Atherton Racing teammate and Jr rider Taylor Vernon.
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 Next year it will be good with Sam Hill and the no chain boy from the USA.
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