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
Marcus Pekol winning practice on Friday
This corner had two options: cut inside between the rocks or boost a transfer to right over the roots.
Spagnolo chose the latter option
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
One year out of Junior and Troy is already teaching the kids a lesson
No shortage of patriotism here - special one-off bikes for some of the riders.
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
World Championship scenery
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 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.
Checkers or Wreckers. Unfortunately for Bryceland it was the latter this weekend.
Sam Hill was looking on form and fast. 3.5 seconds back and a fifth place for the Aussie.
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.
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