The animals in the forest of Nove Mesto have all decided to flee to some place far away and quiet. Their peaceful little woods has been invaded by what is one of the loudest, largest crowds of MTB fans in recent memory. If numbers are correct, some 50,000 people bought tickets to the XC World Championships today. There is no describing the deafening sound this crowd makes, and riding through it must be unnerving. Eardrums everywhere will be ringing for days. On this final day of XC World Championships, we saw Nino Schurter take a commanding victory, and his teammate, Jenny Rissvids rode away with the gold in the U23 women. Czech favorite Jaroslav Kulhavy had an amazing ride up at the front battling with Julien Absalon right down to the last lap before taking the silver. Julien Absalon was in great form today, but it wasn't enough for the top spot in the end. Now it's time for a couple days rest before Lenzerheide and then it's time focus all attention on the games. If this weekend is any indication of how they will play out, Rio should be incredible. It still may be awhile before any wildlife feels it's safe to return to the forests of Nove Mesto.