2012 World Championships Spectator Photo Recap

Sep 5, 2012 at 9:36
by Lee Trumpore  
A last minute decision to attend World Champs while on my way to moving to Taipei meant no press pass and very little camera gear. The result is World Champs as seen from a spectator's perspective, behind the tape and amongst the crowd.

  The story of practice was rain, and lots of it, creating a track much better suited to crowning a World Champion.

  The mud didn't stop riders from smashing out runs





Winning Friday practice
  Marcus Pekol winning practice on Friday

Both chose the inside line rather than the transfer line over the roots.
  This corner had two options: cut inside between the rocks or boost a transfer to right over the roots.

Fastest man I saw through this corner and 6th place on the day.
  Spagnolo chose the latter option

Great to see Matti back on the bike after breaking his pelvis at Mount Sainte Anne earlier this season.
  Great seeing Matti back on his bike after some nasty early season injuries

  Luke Strobel of the USA looking like he was right back home in the Pacific Northwest



Troy taught some juniors a lesson on line selection during timed runs unfortunately a big crash in the 2nd turn ruined his chances on race day.
  One year out of Junior and Troy is already teaching the kids a lesson

After Greg s big win all the kids will be duck-taping their tires next year.
  No shortage of patriotism here - special one-off bikes for some of the riders.

Great to see Iran represented at the World Champs. If only more people rode bikes. . .
  Team Iran

Ski areas in Europe are farm pastures in the summer months. More than a few spectators discovered that not all the fencing had been turned off.
  Hopping fences for a better vantage point, I learned quickly that not all of these were turned off.



  Old School making short work of a mach speed wall-ride

The sun finally came back out on Sunday revealing the magnificent views that had been absent for most of the practice session.
  World Championship scenery

Slowed down by back problems this wasn t the World Champs race run she was hoping for. All sights now set on winning the World Cup overall in a few weeks in Norway.
  A nagging back injury kept Rachael from riding at full pace. She'll aim her sights at the World Cup overall next week in Norway.

Justin s final World Championships run and the fans got behind him top to bottom. Cheers to a fantastic career
  Justin Leov raced World Champs for the last time. Cheers to a great career.

Andrew was on a burner until the wall ride tried reached out and grabbed his front wheel at full speed.
  Andrew was on a burner until the wall ride tried reached out and grabbed his front wheel at full speed.

Worlds is all about checkers or wreckers. Unfortunately for Bryceland it was the latter this weekend.
  Checkers or Wreckers. Unfortunately for Bryceland it was the latter this weekend.

5th place and 3.5 seconds back on a track not well suited to his style of riding.
  Sam Hill was looking on form and fast. 3.5 seconds back and a fifth place for the Aussie.

Opting for the outside boost line over the roots
  One of the greatest riders of the modern era - it had been nine years since Minnaar's last World Championship win.

  For Gwin, an issue with his brakes means he'll have to wait to next year in South Africa to win his stripes.

Mens podium



4 cross action
  4X World Champs were on Saturday night, but given its absence from the World Cup circuit, it felt a bit like a side show.



  With the racing over, the mechanics took the stage for bragging rights at BoXXer Worlds. Duncan Riffle sets the course.

  Not a man to be shy about lube, Rob Warner made a guest appearance.

  Even a crazy German photographer couldn't break Evan's concentration


Taking the big win ad Boxxer Worlds 2 years in a row
  To the victor go the spoils

Welcome to Austria
  So long from Austria
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53 Comments

  • + 95
 I came for the pic of the Cow... Worlds seems like it always has to be muddy which is SWEET!
  • + 19
 I havent changed my desktop bg in a long time but for some reason that cow made me do it!
  • + 9
 Best photo ever.
  • + 19
 one of its tags says berger
  • + 12
 Cow for POD!
  • + 1
 yup. came here for the cow, myself.
  • + 3
 Fine, forget the bikes shots, here's
more cow: www.pinkbike.com/photo/8637335
  • + 1
 Totally what I want to see at races. Smile Thanks for the link brah.
  • + 1
 I like cows.
  • + 15
 That's the best cow picture I've seen in a while!

*Race shots were nice also
  • + 14
 Holly cow!!!
  • + 11
 Oh man....There is only one L in Holy, you sir have typed a girls name.
  • + 5
 That is one sexy cow!!!
  • + 13
 Lol!!!! Holly the cow!!
  • + 9
 I wa anticipating Brosnan's run only to see him slide out at the very beginning. Very sad. Neethling had a super fast run until those mach speed wallrides almost ripped his front tire off.
  • - 9
flag Protour (Sep 7, 2012 at 10:30) (Below Threshold)
 Not as sad as what happened to Gwin, who lost out on his dream season because of Shimano. More than a few people are speculating that the brakes were not prototypes, and that Gwin only said that to cover Shimano's ass, since they pay him nicely. Maybe AVIDs aren't so bad after all...
  • + 3
 Gwin is my favorite rider simply because he's American and usually destroys but I don't feel bad for him at all, haha. He's already a legendary rider.

And I don't know if its just me but didn't it appear to be Neethlings rear wheel that rolled over on the wall ride? Either way I don't blame him if he pooped his pants.
  • + 1
 The camera angle was behind the wallride so I couldn't tell which wheel, only that all his weight was over the front wheel as he rode away from the wallride.
  • + 7
 We're going to need scooby-doo and loose change to do some investigating on this one...
  • + 1
 From Needles himself, it was the front wheel that turned under right at the apex of the turn. The forces there were huge at race pace, completely horizontal, saw more than a few guys get bent out of shape with their chests on the bars
  • + 1
 Protour - I seem to recall seeing photos of the brake levers and they were not production models.
  • - 7
flag Protour (Sep 7, 2012 at 22:06) (Below Threshold)
 like I said, it was just speculation by OTHER people, I never submitted my own opinion on the matter. No need for the negative props, A-holes. I do still think Shimano set him up for failure, on the most important racing day of his life. Their regular Saints work fine, why guinea-pig him on the most important racing day of the year?
This is the worst PR for any company in the history of World Championship's DH racing, and the media pretends like it's just another day in the office, just "testing". Test your brakes in the off season, dumb-asses! This is not justifiable and Shimano deserves more heat than a 160mm can deliver on an all day descent! It's especially devastating since Gwin has given high publicity this year to his close working association with Shimano. All of that false advertising hype can now be flushed down the toilet, along with the prototypes! Shimano owe's Gwin, American DH racing fans, and God-fearing Christians world-wide, a huge public apology.
  • - 5
flag Protour (Sep 7, 2012 at 22:12) (Below Threshold)
 I meant to write 160 mm rotor, but my brain overheated from intense pressure, similar to Gwin's prototype Shimano brakes. I need some cooling fins, apparently.
  • + 3
 Protour- brakes fail, it happens. Who was the company behind Cedric's brakes anyways? Maybe its a conspiracy.
  • + 1
 How does not winning a race compare to dislocating your shoulder?
  • + 1
 It for sure sucks for Gwin, but honestly it's gonna be so sick when he finally does win Worlds! He's a phenomenal rider so it's just a matter of time before he dominates this blip in his career.
  • + 2
 protour - the only thing shimano needs to give us is more fantastic product. The only thing you need to do is shut your mouth and stop crying about it.
  • - 3
 That's a really stupid point. So according to your retarded logic Gwin should run the same prototype brakes at the next race. The latest word is that it was his fat mechanics fault, not a huge surprise.
  • + 1
 Protour, you are such a prick and so arrogant it's not even worth talking to you.
  • + 0
 And yet you talk to me....which reinforces my point about your logic, right?
  • + 6
 All these photos are awesome!
Every podium definitely needs some champagne... too serious! What are they supposed to do with these flowers?... smoke it?
  • + 1
 Being Austria I'm surprised they didn't hand out a giant cigarette to torch up.
  • + 8
 Let's POD the cow!!!
  • + 4
 best photo at the end. the most annoying thing in leogang is a cow on the trail
  • + 3
 The only place you'll ever see Rob Warner and "lube" mentioned in the same sentence without a NSFW rating.
  • + 1
 Thanks to the people of pinkbike, I have had many good laughs reading this news thread.
  • + 2
 Thumbs up if you scrolled straight to the bottom for that Cow Smile
  • + 2
 Great pics! Especially without a press pass!
  • + 2
 Another great photostory!!
  • + 3
 Cow should be POD!
  • + 1
 That is one scary ass hot air balloon.
  • + 1
 Geez Trump....you KILLED IT on the pics
  • + 1
 That cows got some crazy hold on me..............................
  • + 1
 The cow is the best photo ever
  • + 1
 What a strange-looking cow
  • + 1
 sweet article, great photos, more like this!
  • + 1
 mooooh.
  • + 1
 yummmm...STEAK
  • + 1
 Well, the ear tag does say 'Berger'
  • + 0
 last one is the best.
  • - 1
 team iran :-)
  • - 9
flag Aibek (Sep 7, 2012 at 12:06) (Below Threshold)
 Dh teams : iran-1, israel-0
Nuclear weapons : iran- on the way , israel: nukes, where?

guess in some areas iran is ahead of israel!

a great world champs! , and what a champ, go minnaaaaaaaaaaar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 shut the f up dude

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