Four mud-soaked days of war in the woods, four sleepless nights spent tossing and turning all for a single run; a single shot at glory. Today the tears flowed while champagne and confetti filled the air as champions, new and old, took to the top steps in front of a sold-out grandstand. It's hard to imagine the rainbow stripes any tougher-earned; the relief and elation of the medalists almost unimaginable to us mere mortals. If you didn't feel something during the show, check your pulse... You're stone-cold dead inside. Kings and queens were crowned today.



The clouds looked a bit questionable as we headed up the hill for the dawn start but it wasn t long before the sun began to clear things up for what would be a beautiful day.
Ominous looking banks of cloud topped the mountain range as riders, media and hundreds of fans headed up the hill for the dawn start. It wasn't long before the sun began to clear things up for what would be a spectacular day on the hill in La Massana.

The only real light when practice started this morning was the jumbo tron.
The only real light when practice started this morning was the 'jumbo-tron'.

This will be a Worlds to reflect upon for some time.
With gold on the line, the juniors race was not without excitement with some incredible runs and huge wipe-outs. This would prove a World Championships to reflect upon for time to come.

Cabirou locked and loaded entering the finish arena ready to earn the rainbow stripes.
Marine Cabirou, locked and loaded entering the finish arena, ready to earn the rainbow stripes.
Marine Cabirou celebrates gold in the junior women s catagory.
Who needs to be old enough to order at the bar when you get served on the podium?

Martin Maes was clearly the big threat. He came threw six seconds up but it wasn t enough for the win. Maes finished second.
Junior enduro boss, Martin Maes was clearly the big threat and nearly spoiled the party today. He came down a massive six seconds up, but was stopped short at silver.

Criminal just didn t have it in him for the final battle with Greenland.
Andrew Crimmins had the speed, but not quite the mettle to take it to the wire for the final battle with Greenland.

Laurie Greenland s shadow was the only thing that could come close to him in the junior men s final.
Laurie Greenland's shadow was the only thing that could come close to him in the junior men's final. 3.2 seconds ahead of silver, 11.5 to bronze.

Junior men s podium. Greenland Maes and
Junior men's podium... Britain's Greenland, Belgium's Martin Maes, and Australia's Jackson Frew.

Sometimes all you can do is sit and think about what went wrong.
Sometimes all you can do is sit and think about what went wrong.
Drink up Laurie Greenland. We look forward to seeing what you can do in elites next season.
Drink up Greenland. We look forward to seeing what you can do in elites next season.

 I m just over the moon man. World Cup winner World Champion. This kid is special. Just wait and see.
"I'm just over the moon man." World Cup winner and World Champion combined. This kid is special. Just wait and see.

The 2012 champ Morgane Charre almost got back up in the medals just one lady got between her and bronze this afternoon.
In the women's, the 2012 champ, Morgane Charre, almost got back up in the medals, just one lady got between her and bronze this afternoon.
Tahnee Seagrave was carrying a bit of an injury after a crash in yesterday s timed runs and unfortunately would crash again in finals today. 5th was a good result all things considered but not what last years bronze medalist was looking for.
Tahnee Seagrave was carrying a bit of an injury after her crash yesterday, and unfortunately she went down again in finals today. 5th was a good result all things considered, but not what last years bronze medalist was looking for.

Good lord did Casey go big on the finish jump... Biggest air of the day no question.
Good lord did Casey go big on the finish jump... Biggest air of the day no question.
Brown down to line in front of the grandstand.
Brown down to the line in front of the grandstand.

Tracey Hannah tore up the track today. It s good to see her finish the season strong with a third place.
Tracey Hannah tore up the track today. It's good to see her finish the season strong with a third place.
After a season that started so bright but then became complicated by injury Tracy Hannah ended on a high note here in Andorra.
After a season that started so bright but then became complicated by injury, Tracy ended on a high note here in Andorra.

Tracy Hannah launches the final big drop en route to the bronze medal.
Hannah launches the final big drop en-route to the bronze medal.

Manon bursting through the trees at sunrise with a mighty big day still ahead of her.
Manon Carpenter bursting through the trees at sunrise with a mighty big day still ahead of her.

Manon Carpenter had a rough start to the season. While she didn t retain the rainbow stripes she was back on form.
While she couldn't protect her stripes this time around, Manon's certainly back in the very best of form.

Defending World Champ Manon Carpenter fought hard but won t be leaving Andorra with the 1 plate.
Defending World Champ fought hard, but would end 3.2 seconds away from leaving Andorra with the #1 plate and the jersey.

Another huge day another superb run for Rachel. How does she cope with the pressure and nerves She throws up.
Another huge day, another flawless run from Rachel Atherton. How does she cope with the pressure and nerves? Apparently throwing up helps a little.

Rachel s rocket.
Rachel's rocket.
Carpenter s Corvette.
Carpenter's Corvette.

Your three fastest ladies and their shiny new jewelry.
Your three fastest ladies and their shiny new jewelry.

Nathan puts the hard questions to Rachel post race.
Nathan putting the hard questions to the champ, post race.
World Champs champagne glory once again for Rachel Atherton after a year of no stripes.
World Champs champagne glory once again for Rachel Atherton after a year without the stripes.

bigquotesIt's mad how much people know about the sport and how much people care, I've been blown away this weekend really! It's so cool how we can do this for our job! I just want to say thanks to all the people online who I take for my fans, everyone who comes out to see the races and all the media, killing themselves working, it's crazy... and I just get to ride my bike. I guess I half love it and half hate it, when you win it's just amazing for sure, but without everyone surrounding the racing it would be nothing so thank you! - Rachel Atherton - Atherton Racing

Thanks for showing some mercy mountains of Andorra.
Thanks for showing us all some mercy, mountains of Andorra.

Stoke was high and rightly so. Best champs ever Well at least the best since the last.
Stoke was high and rightly so. Best champs ever? Well at least the best since the last.

Brendan Fairclough got a bit loose coming out of the woods and would almost end up in the crowd. Luckily he saved it but lost precious seconds within sight of the finish line.
In the men's race, Brendan Fairclough got a bit loose coming out of the woods and would almost end up in the crowd. Luckily he saved it but lost precious seconds within sight of the finish line.

Amaury Pierrom continued to prove his top 20 status with another first class result on arguably the toughest track to round out the season.
Amaury Pierron continued to prove his top 20 status with another first class result on arguably the toughest track, to round out the season.

Danny Hart shreds the morning light on the second day of beautiful weather her in Andorra.
Danny Hart shreds the morning light on the second day of beautiful weather her in Andorra. Up at the first splits, Danny just couldn't manage to turn on the heat in the sticky woods for the final.

Andorra World Champs 2015
What a year for Marcelo Gutierrez......top 10 in the World Cup, multiple podium finishes, and all capped of with a 5th at World Champs.

Connor Fearon fast loose and always pinned would take 8th.
Connor Fearon, fast, loose and very much pinned all season.
Connor Fearon bringing home to an eighth place finish.
Fearon kept his run clean at last to bring home an eighth place finish for team Australia.

Mick Hannah is finally healed up and back on the pace of the top guys. 10th today will send him into the off season with some much needed confidence. Here s to a healthy 2016 Sick Mick.
Mick Hannah is finally healed up and back on the pace of the top guys.10th today will send him into the off season with some much needed confidence. Here's to a healthy 2016 Sick Mick.

Remi had the eye of the tiger and was attaching the whole way down but today wasn t to be his day. 9th for the local hero.
Remi Thirion had the eye of the tiger and was attacking the whole way down, but today wasn't to be his day. 9th for the local hero.
Remi was on an absolute burner. Sometimes when you put it all on the line you slip off the edge. Despite a crash Thirion finished ninth.
Remi was on an absolute burner. Sometimes when you put it all on the line you slip off the edge. Despite a crash, Thirion finished 9th.

Fully healthy maybe Thirion the wildman could have gone the distance here on home turf. Either way thanks for blowing our minds on more than a few occasions this weekend Remi
Fully healthy, maybe Thirion the wildman could have gone the distance here on home turf. Either way, thanks for blowing our minds on more than a few occasions this weekend Remi!

25th at split 1 13th at split 2 before absolutely destroying the woods to take back 5 seconds... Mike Jones very nearly nailed it with his time proving so nearly unbeatable.
25th at split 1, 13th at split 2, before absolutely destroying the woods to take back 5 seconds... Mike Jones very nearly nailed it; his ultimate finish time proving so nearly unbeatable.

Bearded sniper on the grassy knoll.
Bearded sniper on the grassy knoll.

Always fast and stylish Sam Blenkisop ended the day in 7th. not bad considering he rode that last 20 seconds of woods unclipped and barely hanging on.
Ever fast and stylish, Sam Blenkinsop ended the day in 7th. Not bad considering he rode that last 20 seconds of woods unclipped and barely hanging on.

Ratboy rails the final corner for bronze.
Ratboy rails the final corner for bronze.

Title dreams up in smoke. A huge crash for Atherton after clipping a pedal on a stump in the open section put him out of contention and he had no choice but to surrender the stripes.
Title dreams up in smoke. A huge crash for Atherton after clipping a pedal on a stump in the open section put him out of contention and he was forced to surrender the stripes.

Not to be.
Not to be.

Minnaar pushed back up the steep trackside to find just a bit more time this morning. It paid off with a second place finish.
Greg Minnaar pushing back up the steep trackside to find just a bit more time this morning. It paid off with a second place finish.
Minor found that air is smoother than off camber roots.
Minnaar found that air is smoother than off-camber roots. Attention to detail at every section equals (more) podiums.

It s been a long time coming. Loic has been so close for so long. He pulled the win when it counted most.
It's been a long time coming. Loic has been so close for so long. He pulled the win when it counted most.

Last corner finish in sight and his name on the board up at the final split Loic Bruni just meters away from becoming World Champion.
Last corner, finish in sight, and his name on the board and up at the final split.
The run of a life time in it s last two seconds.
The run of a life time in its last two seconds... Just a few meters from becoming World Champ.

Madly stoked fans...
Madly stoked fans...
...and old friends.
...and old friends.

Finally the perfect run.
The perfect run, after so long trying.

A massive push to the line and an incredible 6th finish despite his fall in the woods.
Troy Brosnan knew what it would take to win this mad race and threw down all his chips. A massive push to the line wasn't enough to salvage the seconds after his fall in the woods and he would come to rest in sixth place.

Still super stoked to on the week Troy s had a hell of a season.
Still super stoked on the week, medal or no medal, Troy's had a hell of a season.
Troy s had three great runs with crashes in the last three races. That s everything out the way according to him because bad things come in threes. Next season it s on
Troy's had three great runs all with crashes in the last three races. That's everything out the way, according to him, because bad things come in threes. Next season it's on!

A crash in the woods for Gwin spelled the end of the contest and Bruni knew the title was his. While Loic is yet to take a WC win we re starting to wonder how many Aaron will have to his name by the time he gets the stripes.
A crash in the woods for Gwin spelled the end of the contest and Bruni knew the title was his. While Loic is yet to take a WC win, we're starting to wonder how many Aaron will have to his name by the time he finally gets hold of the stripes.
The confetti was flying like snow storm.
And the confetti flew like a snow storm.

Ratboy gives Loic a hug as Cedric Gracia attempts to lift him up on his shoulders.
The moment it was won... Ratboy hugs Loic as Cedric Gracia attempts to lift him up on his shoulders.
Loris Vergier and Loic Bruni share a moment to close an incredible season.
Team mates Loris and Loic share a moment of speechless joy to close an incredible season.

relief disbelief and pure joy all rolled into one. It s a lot of emotion to handle and Loic s reaction to winning just shows how much heart and soul the top men and women put into this sport.
Relief, disbelief and pure joy all rolled into one. It's a lot of emotion to handle, and Loic's reaction to winning just shows how much heart and soul the top men and women put into this sport.

We can officially call Loic the peoples champion.
Kidnapped by the crowd in pandemonium, we can officially call Loic the people's champion.

Gwin congratulates Bruni on a job perfectly done after a season of playing second best to him.
Gwin congratulates Bruni on a job so perfectly done, after an entire season playing second fiddle, standing in his wake.

Loic literally jumped for joy when he got to the podium.
Tears streaming down his face, Loic literally jumped for joy when he got to the podium.

Full stands and the resounding sound of the French national anthem.
Full stands and the resounding sound of the French national anthem.
Mens podium.
Loic Bruni, Greg Minnaar and Josh Bryceland, your 2015 World Champs medalists.

After more second places than we can count Loic waited until it mattered most to take his first big win. Congratulations Loic Bruni you are the champion of the world.
After all the countless second place finishes, Loic waited until it mattered most to take his first ever victory. Congratulations Loic Bruni, you are a more than deserving champion of the World. Vive le Roi!

A touch more gold before we leave you. Until next year.
A touch more gold before we leave you... The end of a season, but not long until the dawn of another later, greater, conjuring from the mad world of downhill bicycle racing. Until next year.


About your Pinkbike World Cup Photography Team



Matthew Delorme • Age: 40 • Years Shooting: 8
Matthew DeLorme is just one of Pinkbike’s motley crew of World Cup Photographers. He currently lives out of a Ogio bag, and calls the road his home. Delorme works for Trek Bicycle, covering their MTB racing programs. He can usually be found laying in the dirt trackside, cracking jokes and saying things that make little to no sense. He enjoys capturing accessory moments and the journey every bit as much as catching the action shot.


Nathan Hughes • Age: 28 • Years Shooting: 2
Nathan Hughes was snared as mainstay Pinbike media crew for the 2013 World Cup season and has been trapped behind the lens and the keyboard ever since. In between the biggest bike events of the year Nathan can be found on client shoots, making far-off travel stories and trying to catch a moment to spin the pedals himself. A great appreciation of the wilderness, the fear of a normal life and the quest for the perfect picture will have him hooked and looking to raise the bar for years to come.

Dave Trumpore • Age: 35 • Years Shooting: 4
Dave spent the bulk of the past 17 years racing professionally before realizing that despite qualifying for the random World Cup final here and there, the next generation was just way too fast and way more talented. Upon hanging up his racing boots in 2010, it would be a few years until Dave picked up a camera and started shooting the odd race here and there as a way to stay in touch with all the friends he had made over the years, and the rest as they say is history. In just a few years time his photos have graced the pages of just about every MTB magazine and major media outlet, while his commercial client list includes a who's who of the cycling industry, and he is lucky enough to shoot regularly with some of the best riders on the planet. Currently at Pinkbike, Dave shoots the Downhill WC and the Enduro World Series as well as contributing to the occasional editorial story.


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117 Comments

  • + 262
 Cedric Garcia sticking his head in-between Loic's legs on the podium was hilariously awkward.
  • + 15
 reverse blow job
  • + 155
 Did anyone see the guy in the background running to the podium get fully rugby tackled during the celebration?
  • + 13
 Yeah, too bad he didn't manage to pick him up. It would be great.
  • + 10
 Had to rewind to make sure I saw what I thought I saw. Was amazing.
  • + 5
 @randybadger haha yes! Me and two mates all went "oooohhhhh" when he got taken down.

One of the guys that did make it up on the podium seemed to know Loic, as he seemed to hug him etc.

Unless he was just so stoked and was hugging everyone.
  • + 38
 I got a little teary eyed when Bruni was hugging his family, super supportive and proud of him. Hard work pays off.
  • + 23
 I guess that's what you get when the frenchman wins the world championship another Frenchman put his head up your bum! I guess sometimes I do not understand the French. I guess it's some French way of passing the torch from one French legend to the next up and coming one. Nice win!
  • + 22
 It's not as awkward as on last years rampage podium where semenuk tried to hi five everyone and got fully left hanging
  • + 4
 Totally! It was like CG was try to start a human centipede!!
  • + 0
 that was Loics Bastard cousin!!! no!!!! (Hockey check)
  • + 9
 Maybe it was Remi Gaillard. Just saying...
  • + 3
 Uh did anybody else notice Laurie Greenland would have beat a ton of the elite mens field, and beat Steve smith by a second?!
  • + 184
 What can you say about Greg? I think this year he really has made steps to earning the title of the greatest of this era. The only guy from way back still enduring, and still up there, with CG, Fabien, Mik Pascal and Bernat all having retired and Peaty basically gone. Sam changed the game 9 years ago and Gwin is doing it now but Greg has been since like 1998.

Every race he's there or nearabouts, on any track, turning it up and with a huge grin. Legend. And goddamn Loic if you don't know how to induce emotion.
  • + 45
 And Greg's run was the smoothest one, beautifull to see him riding By the way, Loic deserved it definitely
  • + 18
 I thought that Greg will win this one but stoked for Bruni. He pulled the win when it counted most Congrats Loic
  • + 26
 If they had to race every day Greg would be the only guy left at the end of the year and everyone else would be injured.
  • + 26
 Every time the game changes, Minnaar seems to be the the only guy who can figure out how to keep playing just as well.
  • + 49
 Greg's crowd surfing dismount was also pretty awesome Big Grin
  • + 26
 Greg reminds me of the joke about the two bulls on the hill.. The young bull says to the older bull "Hey! Let's run down there and see if we can shag one of those cows!"

The older bull says - "Let's walk down and shag them all"..
  • + 4
 Greatest of this era? Sure. And greatest of the last era and the one before that too. Greatest of all time. He defines DH legend.
  • + 171
 What I love about this sport is that regardless of who your favourite rider is you can still feel good for whoever wins and bad for those who fail trying.
  • + 24
 That.
  • + 38
 It was cool to see all the riders come over to congratulate Bruni after the race.
  • - 53
flag jfkusa (Sep 7, 2015 at 6:05) (Below Threshold)
 Except for gee. He takes everything too serious.
  • + 8
 @jfkusa: yeah, Gee is a bit serious and I personally dont care for him but he is a professional and conducts himself as such. I respect that a lot. I was stoked when he won last year because he is a warrior athlete like the rest of the field and was bummed that he crashed because no warrior likes to succumb to any hinderance to victory. @Gee: piss me off next year and win 5 rounds.
  • + 1
 @randybadger nailed it.
Great season. On to 2016.
Congrats Bruni. Best things come to those who wait. And work for it.
  • + 2
 @jfkusa @CaliCol Gee had a pretty brutal crash. He was probably off somewhere fixing himself up.
  • - 5
flag jfkusa (Sep 7, 2015 at 19:59) (Below Threshold)
 For the record I didn't cheer when I saw gee go down, but I didn't go damn it to myself like when Troy or gwin went down.
  • + 5
 Then you have no soul. Smile
  • + 88
 Damn ninjas cutting onions !!
  • + 16
 My wife and I were watching and we do agree.
  • + 10
 Even while being at work I couldn't restrain a tear !
  • + 4
 Same for me!! So emotional ! Bravo LoLo!!!!
  • + 76
 Bruni has never been my #1 rider (too many fast Aussie's to support), but when he crossed the line after that run, I found myself punching the air with joy. Well done son, I think he made many people happy.
  • + 11
 I think everyone was happy, I've never seen so many riders congratulating the winner and looking genuinely happy for him. I'm pretty sure I even saw Gee in there.
  • + 2
 I can't think of anyone who has worked this hard to get it. This was no fluke. He earned it inch by muddy inch.
  • + 61
 Who saw two UCI people rugby tackle a spectator who jumped the fence to get to Bruni?
  • + 5
 Oh yes it was hilarious but in a way, what is the problem with those spectators getting to bruni ? it looked to be only a kid anyway...
  • + 34
 Sam Hill = Racing eyebrows
Loic Bruni = Racing eyelashes
  • + 27
 These pictures... makes me feel I was there.
  • + 25
 I honestly don't think there is anyone who could of watched Sunday and not be stoked for Bruni!
  • - 17
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 7, 2015 at 3:33) (Below Threshold)
 Honestly? I think... Mnah, sure it was cool Big Grin
  • + 21
 LOIC!!!! What a day to make it your maiden win!! AWESOME run, and I must say I screamed like a little girl when Gwin decided to take up gardening.

BTW - is it just the conspiracy theorist in me, or is that a Specialized balance bike at his feet on the podium? Moving to spaz, maybe? Hmmmm...
  • + 9
 Gwin, Bruni, Brosnan. The syndicate might be a strong team but spec would have somebody on the podium every race.
  • + 11
 It was speculative if Bruni would stay with Lappiere last year. Most Dh contracts are two to three years but I dont see Lappiere letting him go now in his prime. But never say never. Gwin seems happy there as long as he gets what he wants to win. And Troy is smart enough to know that he has the biggest budget behind him early in his elite career. Gwin, Brosnan, Bruni would be a lethal team.
  • + 5
 Don't over cook it, the same bike is also on the Junior Men Podium.
  • - 5
flag cptmayhem (Sep 7, 2015 at 5:46) (Below Threshold)
 Ja, but it wasn't there for the ladies... And the junior mens winner is going Elite next year...
  • + 18
 Eddie masters for the syndicate. Imagine how wild the team videos would be.
  • + 14
 The balance bikes were Commencal, I guess Max Commencal pulled some strings to have them there. They are investing a lot in kids products marketing. I like how Bruni was going to pick up the bike on the podium and then came back to his senses and put it back down.
  • + 6
 It's a Commencal, maybe because of its sponsorship of the race.
  • - 1
 that makes more sense. The BB area (can we call it that on a balance bike!?) looks exactly the same as the specialized balance bikes. So, at first glance...
  • + 3
 Nah Loic is not gonna leave Lapierre, he likes it.
  • + 3
 In the vid, Rach actually DID pick the little bike up and hold it over her head, if only for a moment. But the Athertons did race for Commencal some time ago, didn't they?
  • + 2
 It's a bit sad really that the athletes have to be constantly so commercially aware even when celebrating a victory. Picking up a kids bike is hardly going to do any harm.
  • + 1
 @j-mcbride, these athletes are being paid to portray an image of course they have to be aware not to endorse their competitions brand specially on a world championships award ceremony. It not sad. It is actually Bruni staying profesional at all times.
  • + 21
 Delorme, Hughes & Trumpore. World class.
gotta say that I do wish that I could see these great shooters works in print media. Oh well...
Carry on the great work, gentlemen.
  • + 18
 The track had obviously dried out by the end because when Loic won some of the dust came out through the screen and got in my eyes! :')

(That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)
  • + 19
 How ironic if Gwin doesnt win a World Champs, then wins more than 20 world cup races (his on phase if keeps it up).. Congratulation LOIC, your eyelashes rock!
  • + 14
 Peaty took ages to win worlds. Gwin might take just as long.
  • + 1
 You only get one chance a year at worlds.
  • + 18
 So stoked for Bruni, and so bummed that it will be 7 months till we see these guys in action again.
  • + 3
 I live in TX after 4 years in CO. The WC was my escape. I feel you.
  • + 13
 Was it the best season ever?! I mean how often do we have so much drama and emotion in a single season.
Minnaar winning again and becoming the most successful downhiller in WC history while most were thinking his time was over.
Bryceland back with a win after his injury.
Gwin putting a stormer on his own soil after 2 average races to gain the title later.
And Bruni... We could make a TV serie based on all the bad luck that fell on him constantly to finally take the most important win at "home" or quite, on his dad's birthday.
Seriously... were all that for real?!
  • + 0
 Not to be too pedantic, but isn't the "most successful downhiller in WC history" Rachel Atherton?

I feel bad that the commentators say it so often about Greg, without caveating that they mean 'male'. Rachel has won the most World Cups and Champs of any rider hasn't she?

(Actually really hard to find out definitive number)

Anyway...SO sick to see Loic finally win. Been great to watch him ride all year, getting so close. And good to see all the other riders so stoked for him. Awesome end to the year.
  • + 1
 Yep, was talking about men as Ragot s injury put an end of the little suspens that was remaining. However, for women case, they should mention Anne Caroline Chausson. I think they did by the way during Mont saint Anne or Windham.
  • + 3
 @FlorentVN please feel free to catch our video series Bruni & Vergier Against the World Wink
  • + 1
 @CreativeConcept : Sure I do! Reminds me 10 years ago when Loic was riding with us on his Balfa semi rigid steel bike... Sure part of his smooth style come from it.
  • + 2
 @orangegoblin if you are talking just female DH racers Rachel is no where near Anne Caroline Chausson who won over 50 individual WC races and 9 World Champ titles.
  • + 13
 Great pics. I would've loved one of Minnar's crowd surf after he crossed the line
  • + 12
 So stoked for Loic. Best podium. So sick.
  • + 13
 Stunning stuff guys.
  • + 11
 It couldn't be better timing for Loic to take his 1st win! Among Sydicate team its the best possible podium .... Congrats!
  • + 10
 Classic race. I need to see footage of Mike Jones' sector 3, he went through the woods like s demon
  • - 1
 Gwin was fastest in the bottom sector tho!!
  • + 9
 Great pictures (standard), but i really wanted one of Ratboy stealing Bruni's champagne lol
  • + 6
 Stoked for Bruni. The guy turned down a chance at making a ton of money and chose not to compete at Crankworx even after he was in the lead at winning the Overall DH Title at Crankworx, which would had givin him a pretty good payday. Instead he wanted to focus on winning The World Title and fulfilling his dream. "Viva la France"
  • + 7
 See Vouilloz and Barel live's reaction while watching Bruni's win, priceless!
www.facebook.com/genepiFILM/videos/10152971318922245/?pnref=story
  • + 8
 Sniper quality shots. Thank you pinkbike for these photoepics.
  • + 1
 You gotta give it to Rach. The fact she would have done decent in the men's field shows just how incredibly dominant she is. It almost seems unfair to the rest of the women's field having her win race after race by such a wide margin. She has no equivalent in the men's field.
  • + 1
 For everyone that was there, there were others that couldn't, not because they didn't wanted to, but because they were denied the chance to:
www.facebook.com/FilipaPeresOfficial/posts/959986734022828
www.facebook.com/176391005809073/photos/a.418412178273620.1073741825.176391005809073/852114084903425/?type=1&theater
#ShamefulPortugueseCyclingFederation
  • + 1
 i was trying to avoid the results on social media untill i saw the replay.i nearly saw the winner on one page..just missed it but saw the headline "everyones a winner at world champs". Couldnt work out what that meant untill i saw the result...and yes.everyone is a winner!! i think this guy would have been most peoples 2nd or 3rd beyond their fav riders unless loic already was your guy
  • + 1
 Felt gutted for Bruni at Lourdes. He's ridden so consistently well for so long; this win is all too deserved and earned. It's great to see him at the top of the podium after rooting for him for so long! Congrats on a the win!!! One of the mostly highly entertaining WC seasons to date!
  • + 5
 The right man won, well done Loic. A fitting end to an amazing season.
  • + 1
 Is anyone else reminded of 2011 when Danny seemed right behind Gwin all season and then turned it on for a win at World Champs? Aaron crashed there, too. Smile Bruni did something similar, I wonder what'll come next year.
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 Can we talk about Brook McDonald's run? The guy was out of control! (and then he crashed) I think it was the most wild and entertaining run all day.
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 Congrats to all but I'd say DH fans are the real winner thanks to the amazing coverage and speedy delivery PB lets us feel the energy of it immediately!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
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 This close shot of Bruni in B&W after winning brought some tears to my eyes… so much emotion! Awesome work, guys (both the ones behind and in front of the lens) and thanks for another amazing DH season!
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 The photographers are awesome, as usual. And fullscreen images are SO SWEET, especially on 32". So many emotions and life in those shoots. And congratulations to the new champion!
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 So emotional, awesome article, almost cried!
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 can anyone tell me what happened to Gwin? I wasnt able to watch the race and I saw he wasnt even in the top 5, but Bruni deserves this win, he is a great rider!
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 Was behind at the first split and crashed in the woods. But I heard he had the fastest 3rd (final) section of the course- to be confirmed when Dirt releases their Geek Stats in a couple days.
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 Slipped on a bridge and fell into the woods. He had a tough time retrieving his bike, and the fastest bottom split time on the day.
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 He must have had flashbacks to Champery 2011.
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 Superb photography guys. You always crush it!
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 Great pics in this article! Was it just me or did the camera angles and positions suck covering this race?
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 Also of when Ratty was giving Loic victory sackings. Hilarious.
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 The camera that pointed nearly straight down as riders passed gave me a headache.
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 WOW amazing report! Congratulations PinkBike
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 Anyone else spot the nice bush in the Junior men's podium photo? (8th picture or so in)
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 I absolutely love it how the other pros are happy to see Bruni win. So much respect.
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 Another first class photo epic!
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 sick shots!! congrats Bruni you deserved! next year Troy will be WC Champion, mark my words tup
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 Aaron Gwin = The next Steve Peat. All World Cups, no World Champs.
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 What happened to Andrew Crimmins?
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 Crashed before the first split
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 Is there a replay? Just came back from my holidays and first thing i did was looking for it, but can't find anything...
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 Only in this sport do you hear "Gwin is in the trees! Loic bruni is your new world champion!!!
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 fk yeh bruni is the man !!!
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 Season's over... Buuuuuuu, noooooo....
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 Yes !!!!!! nuff said.....
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 anyone know why Troy wasn't running his custom Renthal bars?
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 Thanks PB team for the simply sensational coverage.
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 Loic was supremely composed, his run didn't even look that fast.
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 Toppppp !
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 Awesome pics, cheers!
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