Tropic Thunder: Finals Photo Epic - Cairns DH World Champs 2017

Sep 11, 2017
by Nathan Hughes  




Oh the madness that is World Champs; it gets us every time. It seemed like a simple enough race as the riders boarded the fleet of 4x4s with their mechanics one last time. As soon as they found themselves alone in the heat of the jungle, mysterious things went down that flip-turned both the rider and the racing on its head; a race so topsy-turvy as to rival the infamous Hafjell 2014.

In a shocking turn of events, following violent crashes from Tahnée Seagrave and the hometown favourite, Tracey Hannah, Miranda Miller became the new female World Champion, the first Canadian since 1990 to take gold. In the end, she would do so by only one-tenth of a second, as in a remarkable mix-up the backup timing system had to be called upon to correct an extremely inaccurate reading for the true silver medalist, Myriam Nicole. After a season of mostly heart-ache, Matt Walker bested the junior men's field, leading out fellow countryman Joe Breedan and Max Hartenstern of Germany, while French youngster, Melanie Chappaz, not satisfied with the World Cup season overall, rode to junior women's gold.

The elite men's race was also loaded up with an overgenerous helping of surprises, and although last year's Cairns winner managed to repeat the performance, there were thrills by the dozen beginning with the first rider down, as Sam Hill careered into the finish area with a time to threaten the best of them. Around 30 riders later the local boy and of course veteran of the WC podium, Mick Hannah, laid down an absolutely red hot bid for the rainbow jersey and at 5.3 seconds up at the time, it appeared an insurmountable challenge to dethrone him. In the end, Loïc Bruni would do it by an absolute wafer; 0.34 seconds and he apologized for it, well aware that no one had wanted it more. That's racing, the time's the time and gold is gold.




Truly an impossible race to call with so many dangerous predators lurking ready to take gold.
This seemed a truly impossible race to call with so many dangerous predators lurking ready to take gold.

Mick Hannah puts the finishing personal touches on his bike while working form his parents back yard.
Mick Hannah puts the finishing personal touches on his prototype race bike while working from his parents back yard.

With the biggest race of the year just one sleep away it was family time at the Hannah s childhood home. Friends puppies some BBQ and friendly chats around the fire pit kept the mood light and the stress levels low.
With the biggest race of the year just one sleep away, it was family downtime at the Hannah's childhood home. Friends, puppies, some BBQ, and friendly chats around the fire-pit kept the mood light and the stress levels low.

Attention to detail is second to none. Every cut has to be exact
It's World Champs; attention to detail has to be second to none and every cut exact.

In threes they marched ready to watch there hometown heroes
In threes they marched, ready to watch their hometown heroes. The Aussie crowds represented in force and with good spirits.

The fight is on and team Australia is ready to deliver a knockout punch to rest of the World.
The fight is on and team Australia is ready to deliver a knockout punch to rest of the World with quite the army of top-flight riders across the categories.




// JUNIOR MEN //


Tropic Thunder Finals Photo Epic - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
Don't think this track isn't gnarly, more the cameras just didn't do it justice. Josh Oxenham takes a horrific dive off Mick's drop.

Joe Breeden made it count today to take the silver medal in juniors.
British talent, Joe Breeden, made it count today to take the silver medal in juniors.

After a long season never quite landing the results he was capable of Max Hartenstern saved a top performance for when it really counted now headed back to Germany with the junior bronze.
After a long season, never quite landing the results he was capable of, Max Hartenstern saved a top performance for when it really counted, now headed back to Germany with the junior bronze.

Harry Parsons made the sparks fly on his run after seeding 4th in juniors. Unfortunately those sparks were literal and not the figure of speech that would imply a better outcome than what you see here.
Aussie, Harry Parsons, made the sparks fly on his run after seeding 4th in juniors. Unfortunately, those sparks were literal and not the figure of speech that would imply a better outcome than what you see here.

Matt Walker has been the bridesmaid far too may times and today he finally stepped out of that role to become Junior Wold Champion.
Matt Walker has been the bridesmaid far too many times and today he finally stepped out of that role to earn his stripes and become Junior World Champion.

Matt Walker smashed the pedals over the 20 second flat sprint to the finish line to land himself in the hotseat.
Walker smashed the pedals over the 20-second flat sprint to the finish line to land himself in the hot seat.

Finn Iles bobbbled in the rock garden and then pushed too hard trying to make up time. He would crash on an easy but fast uphill corner just after the whoops section and that would be his hopes for a second title over.
Finn Iles bobbled in the rock garden and then pushed too hard trying to make up time. He would crash on an easy, but fast uphill corner just after the whoops section and that would be his hopes for a second title over.

Kaos Seagrave hoists up a very happy Matt Walker as he clinched the junior world title.
Kaos Seagrave hoists up an overjoyed Matt Walker as he clinched the junior world title.

Finn Iles found out the hard way what - That s Racing - means.
Iles found out the hard way exactly what 'that's racing' really means.

Your fastest junior men Walker Breeden and Hartenstern keeping the strong Aussie field out of the medals.
Your fastest junior men; Walker, Breeden, and Hartenstern, keeping the strong Aussie field out of the medals.

Tropic Thunder Finals Photo Epic - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
Medal of honour from the jungle warfare for Walker.






// JUNIOR WOMEN //


Today was Shania Rawson s last chance of winning a rainbow jersey in the junior womens field. The second year she has qualified first at worlds and then failed to get the run she needed on race day. Second on the day but a result that she will look at as being the first loser.
Today was Shania Rawson's last chance to claim the junior rainbow jersey, but unfortunately this would be the second year she has qualified first at worlds and then failed to get the run she needed on race day. Second on the day, but a result that she will look at as being the first loser.

Shania Rawson would finish three seconds back to take the silver in junior women.
Rawson would finish three seconds back to take silver.

The junior womens bronze medal went to Flora Lesoin of France.
The junior women's bronze medal went to Flora Lesoin of France.

After struggling in seeding Melanie Chappaz was unstoppable in the junior women s race.
After struggling in seeding, Melanie Chappaz was unstoppable in the junior women's race.

With Shania having been so dominant in seeding Melanie Chapaz had a tall task ahead of her. When Shania came in at over 5 seconds back at the second spilt Melanie was overwhelmed
With Shania having been so dominant in seeding, Melanie Chapaz had a tall task ahead of her. When Shania came in at over 5 seconds back at the second split, Melanie was overwhelmed.

Tropic Thunder Finals Photo Epic - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
The junior women's medalists here in Aus: Chappaz, Rawson, and Lesoin.





//ELITE WOMEN //


Tracey was cool calm and collected all morning but sadly a small section of Lottery Roots would dash her dreams of the gold
Tracey was cool, calm and collected all morning, but sadly a small section of 'Lottery Roots' would dash her dreams of the gold.

Tahnee trying to beat the heat and keep her head cool before the start of the race.
Tahnee Seagrave trying to beat the heat and keep her head cool before the start of the race.

Italian racer Eleonora Farina has had the best season of her young career on the World Cup circuit and capped it all off with a bronze medal... at least she thought she had but then later at the podium the UCI told her there had been a timing mistake during Myriam Nicole s run and she was pushed out of the medals. A rou
Italian racer, Eleonora Farina, has had the best season of her young career on the World Cup circuit and capped it all off with a bronze medal... at least she thought she had, but then later at the podium the UCI told her there had been a timing mistake during Myriam Nicole's run and she was pushed out of the medals. That is rough.

Tracey Hannah and Mick too were just about everywhere you looked today as the local crowd turned up to watch the hometown hero s battle it out for the world championship.
Tracey Hannah (and Mick too) were just about everywhere you looked today as the local crowd turned up to watch the hometown hero's battle it out for the world championship.

The new womens World Champion.... you re looking at her. A solid run a punishing sprint and a sprinkling of good luck and Miranda Miller took gold.
But it was not be... the new World Champ, well, you're looking at her. A solid run, a punishing sprint and a sprinkling of good luck were enough for Miranda Miller to take the gold.

Tracey Hannah looked absolutely formiddable on this track - there s no denying she looked the fastest here in Cairns but in racing that s not always the whole story.
Hannah looked absolutely formidable on this track – there's no denying she looked the fastest here in Cairns, but in racing that's not always the whole story.

Could Tahnee Seagrave have taken gold here Quite possibly but with the YOLO nature of worlds she didn t manage to keep it rubber side down.
Could Tahnee Seagrave have taken gold here? Quite possibly, but with the YOLO nature of worlds, she didn't manage to keep it rubber side down.

Tahnee Seagraves dream season comes to a close with a disappointing world champs run. But she goes into the off season healthy and with more confidence than ever.
Seagraves' dream season comes to a close with a disappointing world champs run. But she goes into the off season healthy and with more confidence than ever.

Not what Tahnee came to Cairns for but her day will come.
Not what Tahnee came to Cairns for, but her day will come.

Danielle Beecroft turned it up big time for the Aussie home crowd. 4th place was a massive result for the privateer underdog.
Danielle Beecroft turned it up big time for the Aussie home crowd. 4th place was a massive result for the privateer underdog.

What a day for all canadians Miranda Miller becomes the first women to win a world cup or world champs in over 20 years
What a day for the Canadians! Miranda Miller becomes the first woman to win a World Cup or Champs in over 20 years!

Miranda Miller watch from the hot seat as rider after rider makes crucial mistakes while pushing their limits. World Champs is all about nailing that perfect run and today all but a few crashed out while walking that fine line between speed and control.
Miller watches from the hot seat as rider after rider makes crucial mistakes while pushing their limits. World Champs is all about nailing that perfect run, and today all but a few crashed out while walking that fine line between speed and control.

What a run from Tracey Hannah. After a massive high-speed crash that knocked her unconscious for a few brief seconds she slowly remounted briefly unaware she was in the middle of a race run and carried on full gas to the bottom.
What a run from Tracey Hannah. After a massive high-speed crash that knocked her unconscious for a few brief seconds, she slowly remounted, briefly unaware she was in the middle of a race run and carried on full gas to the bottom.

What could have been for Tracey Hannah. She rode the track from split one to the bottom almost 10 seconds faster than her nearest competitor even after a truly massive crash. A bronze medal is a great result but Tracey had her sites set only on gold here in Cairns.
What could have been for Tracey Hannah. She rode the track from split one to the bottom almost 10 seconds faster than her nearest competitor, even after a truly massive crash. A bronze medal is a great result, but Tracey had her sites set only on gold here in Cairns.

Mick and Tracey Hannah showing what family is for after a disaster of a run.
Mick and Tracey Hannah showing what family is for after a disaster of a run.

Myriam Nicole headed to the finish area 46.8 seconds back after her fall up top... Wait what she didn t crash Is that the trees blocking out the sun behind her or a massive shadow of doubt cast over the womens race
Myriam Nicole headed to the finish area 46.8 seconds back after her fall up top... Except she didn't crash. Is that the trees blocking out the sun behind her or a shadow of doubt cast over the women's race?

The look of confusion after Myriam Nicole s run was not limited to just her face. After the first split claimed she was over 40 seconds down the following two showed her to be right on the pace of Miranda Miller. The only problem was that Pom Pon had not crashed or had a mechanical and by her own recollection had put down a run with minimal mistakes. After a protest to the UCI on behalf of her team it was ruled that the accurate time would put her in second by just one tenth of a second. We s be lying if we said everyone in attendance believes the UCI s side of that story though...
The look of confusion after Myriam Nicole's run was not limited to just her face. After the first split claimed she was over 40 seconds down, the following two showed her to be right on the pace of Miranda Miller. The only problem was that Pompon had not crashed or had a mechanical, but in fact only gone off-line and lost 6 or 7 seconds. After a protest to the UCI on behalf of her team, it was ruled that the accurate time would put her in second by just one tenth of a second.

World Champs is like no other race and today we were reminded why. Congratulations Miranda Miller on becoming the World Champion.
World Champs is like no other race, and today we were reminded why. Congratulations Miranda Miller on becoming the new World Champion.

The fastest ladies in the world and their shiny new gold silver and bronze hardware.
The fastest ladies in the world and their shiny new gold, silver and bronze hardware.

No aussie flag in pole position this year but a respectable third.
No Aussie flag in pole position this year, but a respectable third.





// ELITE MEN //



Off the charts level of stoke from the hecklers today
Off the charts level of stoke from the hecklers today! Who could blame them?

Despite roaring to victory here last season it seemed that Loic Bruni was never in most people top picks for the medals. Well he showed them...
Despite roaring to victory here last season, it seemed that Loic Bruni was never in most people top picks for the medals. Well he showed them...

The word legend gets banded around far too often.... Let s save it for when it really does apply. Sam Hill went full enduro and almost ran away with a medal.
The word 'legend' gets banded around far too often... Let's save it for when it really does apply. Sam Hill went full enduro and almost ran away with a medal.

See them there pedals See those forks
See them their pedals? See those forks?

Sam Hill. Enough said.
Is it the last time we see Hill race DH? No, we can't accept it. We won't.

There s a berm there on the outside but Sam Hill won t be taking it thanks very much.
There's a berm there on the outside, but Hill won't be taking it thanks very much.

The man the myth and the legend that is Sam Hill in what is likely to be his last ever DH race sure did go out with a bang in front of the Aussie crowd.
The man, the myth and the legend that is Sam Hill, in what is likely to be his last ever DH race, sure did go out with a bang in front of the Aussie crowd.

Sam Hill had the whole family with him this weekend.
Hill had the whole family with him this weekend.

A whole lots of blood sweat and tears were shed at World Champs this year.
A whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears were shed at World Champs this year.

A fond farewell to Austrian World Cup racer - Markus Pekoll - just shy of ten years at the sharp end of the sport.
A fond farewell to Austrian World Cup racer, Markus Pekoll, just shy of ten years at the sharp end of the sport.

Mick Hannah finds the grip on the off camber inside line to carry mega speed onto the flat finish line sprint.
Mick Hannah finds the grip on the off-camber inside-line to carry mega speed onto the flat finish-line sprint.

No one got a louder cheer into the fins than local boy Mick Hannah.
No one got a louder cheer into the finish than local boy, Mick.

There wasn t much smiling going on at the finish as rider after rider failed to even come close to the time set by Mick Hannah.
There wasn't much smiling going on at the finish as rider after rider failed to even come close to the insane time set by Mick Hannah.

The dark Horse of the mens race was surely Rupert Chapman coming out of cruise mode for the week and turning up the heat. 11th for the Kiwi.
The dark horse of the men's race was surely Rupert Chapman, coming out of cruise mode for the week and turning up the heat. 11th for the Kiwi.

Marcello Gutierrez
Colombia's Marcelo Gutierrez hammering towards his best Cairns performance, into 8th.

Connor Fearon
We were all looking forward to Connor Fearon's bid to the Aussie throne, but alas it was a little too early for his comeback from injury.

Despite Danny s best efforts to defend the rainbows he just couldn t manage to gel with the Cairns track and he had to surrender the title.
Despite Danny's best efforts to defend the rainbows, he just couldn't manage to gel with the Cairns track and he had to surrender the title.

Dear Blenki thans for always looking sick on the bike - Kind regards - every photographer on the hill.
Dear Blenki, thanks for always looking sick on the bike, kind regards, every photographer on the hill.

MoiMoi twisting the throttle for his last practice run
Moir twisting the throttle for his last practice run.

Jacky Shark Attack Moi Moi Moir as he is known to some had one hell of time in the Aussie jungle. A couple more aero-tucks here and there and he would have been right in the medals.
Jacky 'Shark Attack Moi Moi' Moir, as he is known to some, had one hell of a time in the Aussie jungle. A couple more aero-tucks here and there and he would have been right in the medals.

Greg Greg Greg of the jungle watch out for that post.
Greg, Greg, Greg of the jungle, watch out for that post.

Greg Minnaar was within just 0.2 down at the first split before disaster struck for the second race in a row.
Greg Minnaar was within just 0.2 down at the first split before disaster struck for the second race in a row; another race run flat.

Aaron Gwin has the potential to win on any track in any conditions and these were perhaps the most akin to his native California. On the day 3rd would have to do and he would certainly take it his best ever World Champs performance.
Aaron Gwin has the potential to win on any track in any conditions and these were perhaps the most akin to his native California. On the day though, 3rd would have to do and he would certainly take it; his best ever World Champs performance.

Gwin played it all on the line but would only come 3rd.
Aaron Gwin playing it all on the line, but would only go fast enough for bronze, 1.96 back.

Tropic Thunder Finals Photo Epic - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
Gwin almost going the distance, taking the second spot on the hot seat behind Sik Mik.

After grabbing the WC title a few weeks back Aaron Gwin finally got himself that elusive world champs medal.
After grabbing the WC title a few weeks back, Aaron Gwin finally got himself that elusive world champs medal.

Loic Bruni won here a year ago and in practice was looking like the danger man to Mick Hannah s title hopes.
Loic Bruni won here a year ago and in practice was looking like the danger man to Mick Hannah's title hopes.

Loic Bruni smashing one of the last turns before reclaiming those rainbows.
Bruni smashing one of the last turns before reclaiming those rainbows.

Bruni buried it at the rev limit all the way down the final straight to better Hannah s time by just 0.3 seconds.
Burying it at the rev limit all the way down the final straight to better Hannah's time by just 0.3 seconds.

In Mick Hannah s hometown there is room for two people s champions.
In Mick Hannah's hometown there's room for two people's champions.

What a run from Bruni.
What a run from the smoothest rider in the game.

With one rider to go the tension on the hotseat was almost unbearable.
With one man to go the tension on the hot seat was almost unbearable.

Troy Brosnan in the green and gold leaving it all out on the track for the Aussie home crowd.
Troy Brosnan in the green and gold leaving it all out on the track for the Aussie home crowd.

Troy Brosnan in the hurt locker after giving everything and coming up short.
Brosnan in the hurt locker after giving everything and coming up short.

As Troy Brosnan s final split came up three seconds back the celebrations began.
As Brosnan's final split came up three seconds back the celebrations began.

While Loic celebrated with the French team Mich Hannah found comfort with his mother wife and sister on that other side of the finish arena.
While Loic celebrated with the French team, Mich Hannah found comfort with his mother, wife, and sister on the other side of the finish arena.

Bruni and Gwin await the flower ceremony.
Gold and bronze await the flower ceremony.

Unable to keep his emotions at bay Loic shed many tears of joy
Unable to keep his emotions at bay, Loic shed a few tears of joy.

SuperBruni
SuperBruni does it again, this time alongside his female counterpart, Miranda Miller. Quite a day for Specialized...

Today s Fastest
Today's Fastest.

The pain of missing out on gold was palpable for Mick and Tracey. They ll be no second chances for the Hannahs at an Australian worlds race.
The pain of missing out on Gold was palpable for Mick and Tracey. They'll be no second chances for the Hannahs at an Australian worlds race, but at least they can be sure they did themselves and their hometown proud.

Loic Bruni Mick Hannah and Aaron Gwin wash off the dust from atop the podium.
Loic Bruni, Mick Hannah and Aaron Gwin wash off the dust from atop the podium.

For the second time in three years Super Bruni is the World Champion.
For the second time in three years, Super Bruni makes it count and heads home to France as the World Champion.

Fresh hardware for the boys.
Fresh hardware for the boys.

There s gold in the hills above Cairns Australia but only for a very very select few.
There's gold in the hills above Cairns, Australia, but only for a very, very select few.

What a season for Jack Moir and the rebooted Intense Factory Racing team.
What a season for Jack Moir and the rebooted Intense Factory Racing team. 7th in the WC overall and then 4th place at Worlds would have been a stretch to imagine during the preceding two seasons of injury struggle.

A long season for the kiwi rider mechanic duo of Ed Masters and Kurt McDonald. Expect to see these guys win the after party though
A long season for the kiwi rider-mechanic duo of Ed Masters and Kurt McDonald. Expect to see these guys win the after party though!

After getting in wrong by the best part of a minute the organisers claim their back-up system put Myriam into silver by a tenth of a second.
Myriam Nicole and Max Commencal reflect on a phenomenal season and topped off with an afternoon of madness and the late arrival of a silver medal.

That s it that s all. Brosnan and the rest of the DH elite pack their bags and head for home. Well maybe a quick stop at Gilligans nightclub before that.
That's it that's all. Brosnan and the rest of the DH elite pack their bags and head for home... Well, maybe a quick stop at Gilligan's nightclub first.

Thank you Cairns its been an incredible end to a stunning and dramatic season of racing
Thank you, Cairns, it's been an incredible end to a stunning and dramatic season of racing.



MENTIONS: @natedh9 / @davetrumpore


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105 Comments

  • + 69
 Absolutely gutted for mich and Tracey. Tracey was on a scorcher of a run and she would've won it. Mick was so close too. But still... Miranda and logic! Pretty cool both being on the same team. A good bike race I reckon!
  • - 14
flag grundletroll (Sep 11, 2017 at 4:14) (Below Threshold)
 i thought both the men and womens races where really good, i was screaming at my computer during both events. especially at Tracey to just get UP! if she didnt waste time laying on the ground thinking she had lost she would have easily won. pumped to see Miller and SuperBruni win though
  • - 7
flag vandenr2 (Sep 11, 2017 at 4:35) (Below Threshold)
 @grundletroll: yeah and I think she realised that and that's shy she was so devastated... Knowing that if she only got up a few seconds quicker, she would've won
  • + 57
 @grundletroll: lol you mean on the ground knocked out!
  • + 21
 @grundletroll: she said she hit her head and wasn't immediately aware of what had happened. I think that's why it seemed to take her a while to get up.
  • + 21
 @grundletroll: It wasn't that she thought she had lost, it was that she was momentarily knocked out. I was sitting with one of her brothers at the race. To get third after that is shows the pace she had.
  • + 35
 @grundletroll: you do realize she was knocked out cold? She wasn't just laying there. There's some video footage shot from the side that will likely surface in the next few days that shows just how gnarly the whole thing was.
  • + 27
 Am I the only one anticipating Troy to shake his hands at the start?
  • + 2
 @grundletroll: laying on the ground unconscious*
  • + 15
 @grundletroll: not sure if anyone mentioned it yet but she was temporarily unconscious which is why she seemed to take a while to get up. Just in case nobody let you know yet.
  • + 8
 @ThomDawson: But was she unconscious? Why won't anyone tell me?
  • + 24
 To be honest, I wasn't wholey expecting a medal for Mick. He's an absolutely amazing rider, but hasn't been a true podium threat lately, but clearly he's still got it, so damn close. Hopefully this is a good omen for him, it would be nice to see both he and Bruni need to spend a bit more time on the podium throughout the season. Tracey on the other hand is always a threat for the win, so I kind of expected her to have a run like the one she was putting together. Seems to be the unfortunate theme of her season, so close, but not quite. She was the obvious choice early in the season for the overall, then it just didn't happen and really could have taken gold, and taken it decisively, such a huge bummer. Doubly so after seeing Rachael Atherton's post about the Hannahs being the ones there to help her out when she crashed, Tracey giving up her TT run to walk Rachael back up to the start, Mick helping her back up right after the crash, the karma gods must have been scared of the jungle and stayed home for this race. Gold medals or not the Hannahs are a couple of bad asses.
  • + 0
 @maxyedor: if I'm understanding people right I think she might have been unconscious though.
  • + 1
 @chyu: hahaha, he did. I hope they got a better shot of it.
  • + 5
 That's all fun and games, but where the hell is WynTV?
  • + 1
 @MaximilianJakubowski: and team videos. It's like everyone woke up with the worst hangover they would all like to forget.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: vacation...well earned
  • + 41
 I feel sorry only for the Italian girl Farina...There is no worst thing than "loosing" a medal from a computer 's misfunction. Tragedy is the right word.
  • + 16
 At least nobody got robbed like Norb. Sad for Farina but happy for Nicole at the same time.
  • + 17
 That is brutal. Makes me wonder if Pom Pon really beat Miller, but they couldn't bring themselves to take gold away.
  • + 5
 @shaborider: I used the word "tragedy" on purpose, just to put emphasis on the change of the emotions. This is a common characteristic of Evripides-Sofoklis-Aisxilos' ancient theatrical plots (Tragedies). There is no doubt that Nicole deserved the 2nd place.
  • + 12
 @shaborider: You kidding? Myriam was robbed... I hate to diminish Miranda's accomplishment, but she's been nowhere near Myriam all season. Several places back, 15-20 seconds each race. Even when the commisar was interviewed about the incident he was dodgy at best about the final numbers... They nailed manual timing down to 0.08"?

Miranda ran a great race, but she's not quite in the same league this year.
  • - 1
 @mattsavage: I smell a rat here, no chance they got it right
  • + 4
 @mattsavage: If you hear Vital MTB interviews,you'll learn that Miriam Nicole had some mistakes on her run,riding with her foot uncliped for a long time and not being able to clear some of the jumps.
  • + 5
 @mattsavage: There are backups that are accurate and I think you missed the part where Myriam went off course and lost a good 8 seconds. If she didn't make a mistake, she would have won no issue, just like previous races. You are diminishing Miranda's accomplishment to a degree seeing as how fit she is after such a string of injuries and thinking she wouldn't have been so close to Mryiam going off course.
  • + 2
 @nozes: Yeah, she cased it hard in the Ridge Line section, right before my eyes. Rode it out straddling the top tube, every lucky to stay upright.
  • - 6
flag mollow (Sep 12, 2017 at 8:31) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: she didnt even have a good run... Watching it again and she just looks awkward on the bike and trying too hard... No style at all. Pure luck
  • + 2
 @mollow: Since when did style mean you're fast? Last I checked, Blenki has one of the best styles and he's only broken top 10 at WC DH events a handful of times over the past few years. Going fast has absolutely nothing to do with looking fast or steezy.
  • - 3
 @scott-townes: nah mate don't try to change my mind she's slow af
  • + 2
 @mollow: That's typically what gapers say.
  • - 3
 @scott-townes: sorry toth I dont ski
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: just ignore the troll... He never has anything of value to say and just likes to bang keys like an angry millennial from the safety of his anonymous internet name.
  • + 37
 Thank you Sam Hill! Let this NOT be your last race. All the best in Finale Ligure!
  • + 26
 @davetrumpore and the rest of the PB Photogs.

Thanks for bringing us the best damn pics season after season. None of us would get to see the locations, raw emotion, and excitement you guys bring us every race.
Its an insane amount of work lugging gear, hiking, editing and not sleeping.

We all appreciate it more than you know.

You make this old man happy.
Next time you're in the Bay Area, I'm buying.
  • + 25
 Photo epic - livestream = 100 - 0...
So gutted for Greg..he deserves better treatment from luck..
  • + 9
 Almost wish I hadn't bothered watching and just waited for this Razz just kidding but there is a lot more drama in these pics and well chosen words than in the hours I spent looking at my tv this weekend. Great work here @nathanhughes as always.
  • + 17
 So stocked for Bruni!! After a rough season for him, he struggled to get the pace back, and with too much negative vibes around his talk on 29... I'm glad he put a strong run to get the jersey for next year!
  • - 2
 Stock up
  • + 17
 that moment, when photos are better than live coverage!
  • + 17
 I ONLY SEE ONE FORK ON HILL'S BIKE
  • + 6
 Everybody only had one fork on their bike...
  • + 15
 so....
how many people gonna be rushing out to buy Minnars signature tyre?
  • + 10
 In an interview, Minnaar said that when they examined the wheel in the pits that a spoke broke and that is what caused the puncture.
  • + 26
 @ka-brap: That's what you get when you're riding with cheap-ass wheels.
  • + 1
 Minaar was on DHR2's this race anyway
  • + 11
 Judging by the performances of Miller and Bruni this season compared to yesterday, I can only guess at the size of the bonus for a Worlds win attached to the Spec Gravity team's contracts...

Also Tracey actually knocked herself out?! And then laid down that sort of a run afterwards?!! She is actually insane... Go girl!
  • + 9
 CONGRATULATIONS to Loïc, Miranda, Matt and Melanie. Great coverage by the photographers for this article. If only the live video coverage was this good. Is there a global shortage of cameras? What other sport would you find coverage so bad? "..We think the Knicks may have just hit a 3 to level the game...not sure...we'll let your know when the scores come up..". I know Rob and Claudio were commentating from the live feed but this poor coverage of race runs goes on all season! SORT IT OUT PLEASE!!
  • + 7
 Such a good race. Absolutely gutted for Mick, but he was gracious in defeat.

A couple of Raw Clips -

youtu.be/6YkaMZVNe54

youtu.be/5eeYUKiLAyk
  • + 5
 Epic race to wrap up the whole season. I always hope Aaron to win the rainbow jersey, but he has to wait till next year. Stoked for Sam Hill's amazing run. And congrats to Loic Bruni. Now he has two golden medals and one world cup trophy. I believe AG would like to trade one or two of his for Loic's golden medal lol.
  • + 6
 I have Miranda's used hubs on my bike. I wonder if they are embarrassed to be going so slow now and dream of what could have been.
  • - 5
flag mollow (Sep 12, 2017 at 8:34) (Below Threshold)
 Hard to go slower than her
  • + 8
 shit she knocked herself out!
  • + 2
 Yeah i was wondering why she was taking time to get up, and now it makes sense. She is really tough, crashing hard like this, getting up and pedaling for a podium finish while she was still a bit KO and shocked is really incredible. I really hope she will get a perfect season next year
  • + 4
 "But she goes into the off season healthy and with more confidence than ever." Tahnee looked to be on a great pace with the podium in her sights - being healthy to start the off-season means one less thing to think about for 2018. Congrats to her and Transition Bikes.

That pic of Brosnan at the end...you don't win, you carry your own fork home.

Nice seeing Thomson seatposts on the day's fastest bike...you want problem-free performance and micro-level adjusting, can't do better than Thomson.
  • + 7
 Sick Mick so close! Loic was mighty and pulled it out of the bag!
  • + 8
 Tracy hannah's leg :o
  • + 6
 Pure Ozzy muscle!
  • + 6
 Great stills.make up a bit for dreadful video coverage of event. Shutter on!
  • + 5
 Be interesting to see how Danny Hart does on a his new bike next season! #teamrumours
  • + 3
 ....Saracen
  • + 1
 back on giant
  • + 1
 On*One.
  • + 2
 Chumba!
  • + 0
 Syndicate haha. Looks like MS Mondraker need to find two riders
  • + 2
 rumor on the street is its saracen.
  • - 6
flag mollow (Sep 12, 2017 at 8:34) (Below Threshold)
 Hopefully no one signs him with that piss attitude
  • + 2
 The coverage in this article is great. The timing error, exposed only by a protest, is inexcusable, more shame on UCI, as if it cares. The live coverage glitches are understandable due to Cairns' remoteness.
  • + 4
 Emily finishes a race with a knee cut to the bone in XC. Mirranda gets the gold medal. Candian woman kick ass!
  • + 3
 Have been trying to work myself up to hit Micks drops (first try Friday), but after seeing the worlds best struggle on it, I've got the hibeegeebeez about it again.
  • + 4
 Feel for sick MIK >> well done on the Woman side Miller never saw that coming..
  • + 0
 Neither did anyone else... Miriam was robbed.
  • + 2
 SAM HILL is an absolut LEGEND ! hope this wasn't is last DH race, the man still got it... come on Sam, take the Win in finale ligure's EWS race, take the crown home, and go back to you DH bike..
  • + 1
 How long is brunis fork? i think i heard somewhere here that its 220mm or something like that. i measured it onscreen (with a sewing ruler Big Grin ) that its 9mm wide and 55mm long. If in reality its 35mm wide than its 213.8 long. Am i wrong? i used the picture with just his bike.
  • + 3
 Wow,congrats on your arithmetic skills!
  • + 2
 @nozes: just being curious, looks kinda long. No need to show of your sarcasm handling skills
  • + 1
 @vlajko: Sorry if it looked that way,I wasn't trying to be sarcastic.
  • + 4
 @nozes: according to my calculations you are still sarcastic Smile
  • + 4
 Thanks Pinkbike for the 2017 DH Coverage, it was a blast!
  • + 3
 Minaar with Gwin's luck this season for flat tires. Sam Hill is the People's Champ.
  • + 3
 These photos are beauts. The photographers for this site really know their biz.
  • + 3
 Who couldn't win on Bruni's bike? The thing just stands upright by itself Wink
  • + 3
 Is that how the French congratulate each other?!Hand full of peter.
  • + 4
 Last time Loic won world champs CG attempted to lift him on his shoulders; just ending for 10 seconds with head between his legs to no avail Big Grin
  • + 2
 That Parsons photo is sweet! It seems to capture everything about that moment.
  • + 3
 How many silver medals does Mick have?
  • + 3
 He was also second in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where Jared Graves won bronze on his trail bike.
  • + 2
 @Verbl-Kint: good stats buddy, cheers.
3 silver medals then - ouch!
  • + 2
 @Verbl-Kint: And Minnaar won with a flat front tire - but just.
  • + 1
 Really awesome day. I really wish some footage/photos of the sic section start comming out for those not in attendance. So parts are downhill superX in nature.
  • + 2
 The author got confused between the Aussie and kiwi flag a couple times.
  • + 2
 Rupert came 10th not 11th...
  • + 2
 Poor Greg. So much for Enve's End of Flats as we Know them...
  • + 2
 GREAT SEASON! weak wc champs... megh'
  • + 2
 Happy for Sam the king to get 6th after a long time of not racing DH.
  • + 2
 That was some wacky and wild stuff!
  • + 1
 Epic race. TOP-3 deserve it. Respect.
  • + 1
 Danny Hart moving on from Mondraker???
  • - 3
 Can someone explain why one race in Cairns determines who the "World Champ" is, and the results from all other UCI races are not factored in? Wouldn't the top ranked individual at the end of the season be more representative of a World Champion?
  • + 9
 Because cycling(all forms) has a one day World Championship.
  • + 1
 It's like when you're playing soccer and then someone says "OK, next goal wins!"
  • + 1
 @avcb: Not really the same. A race run is a race run, it's not like they stop and say the fastest person in the last sector gets to be world champion.

Also, pretty much every other individual sport I can think of Running(all types), Swimming, Diving, Gymnastics...etc have a one day world championship.......
  • - 2
 I bet Finn is kicking himself for forgetting his goggles... Would have been pretty sweet to have an entire team win Gold at World Championships.
  • + 9
 he forgot them in his final training run... Not is race run

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