2012 World Championships Photo Recap

Sep 5, 2012 at 9:26
by Lee Trumpore  
The story of practice was rain, and lots of it, creating a track 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 option: 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.
1 year out of junior and troy is already teaching the kids a lesson

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

After Greg s big win all the kids will be duck-taping their tires next year.
No shortage of patriotism and 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.

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 Racheal from riding at full pace. She'll aim her sights at the World Cup overall next week in

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.

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

Opting for the outside boost line over the roots
One of the greatest riders of the modern era it had been 9 years since Minnaar's last World Championship win.

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

Mens podium

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, even Rob Warner made a guest appearance.

Evan a crazy German photographer could 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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