Cairns World Cup 2 – Pick of the Pics

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Cairns was one of the best races for some time and so we thought we would dedicate some more screen time to it, have a look at these pictures and reminisce on a great event, enjoy:

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Loris Vergier popping! One of our favourite kits for sure.
Loris Vergier popping! One of our favourite kits for sure.

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Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2015 – Indonesia

Some great views at a great event!
Some great views at a great event!

We have been following the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge (APDHC) over the years now and each year it continues to get more and more popular. This year names like McDonald, Thirion, Masters and Davis were all on the island battling it out. Even though it is their off season the riders love racing the event, the track is tough yet fun but more importantly the fans go wild! The location is amazing (who wouldn’t want to be riding their bike on a tropical island) and the hosts always go all out to ensure a good time is had.

Brook MacDonald was one of the riders that made the journey over.
Brook MacDonald was one of the riders that made the journey over.
There were a range of riders competing from locally and abroad.
There were a range of riders competing from locally and abroad.
The locals definitely got the biggest cheer!
The locals definitely got the biggest cheer!

For the riders who came in from abroad the humidity was a big challenge, the heat sapping energy at a rate of knots! We have a selction of pictures from the event for you to enjoy:

In amongst the jungle!
In amongst the jungle!
The loose dirt was a lot of fun, some years have seen torrential rain, not this time!
The loose dirt was a lot of fun, some years have seen torrential rain, not this time!
There were some brutal crashes, healing vibes to those riders!
There were some brutal crashes, healing vibes to those riders!

The win was taken by reigning champion Remi Thirion, Thibaut Ruffin was second making it a Commencal 1-2,A�Wyn Masters claimed third, fourth was Hajime ImotoA�and young Jackson Davis was 5th.A�Brook MacDonald crashed out of contention.

Remi Thirion did the double and backed up his win from last year.
Remi Thirion did the double and backed up his win from last year.
Third for Wyn Masters.
Third for Wyn Masters.
Fourth was Hajime Imoto.
Fourth was Hajime Imoto.
Jackson Davis took 5th.
Jackson Davis took 5th.

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Next year promises to be even bigger and better!

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World Championships – Andorra

Welcome to the Pyrenees!
Welcome to the Pyrenees!

The 26th World Championships were everything the ‘race of the year’ was billed up to be. Held in the Principality of Andorra, which is located in the Pyrenees, home of 85,000 people it was fair to say this was one event which had a lot of people talking about the place. The lead up to the race is always different from you regular world cups, there is no qualifying and the schedule looks different from what we are use to.

For the juniors especially World Championships' was the race they were preparing for all year.
For the juniors especially World Championships’ was the race they were preparing for all year.

Legendary racer, turned commentator, Rob Warner was gauging the riders feedback all week and the overall consensus was that the track was definitely up to the task of holding a world championships. The weather was pretty average for the majority of the event, the sun was out on Sunday for the finals though.

Remy Morton shows us just how poor the weather was for a lot of the week as he bursts through the fog.
Remy Morton shows us just how poor the weather was for a lot of the week as he bursts through the fog.

The majority of riders survived practice in the lead up to the event, only a few registered a DNS. Now as a spectator worlds is a stomach churning affair so you can only imagine what it is like for the racers, Rachel Atherton even had to vomit, that’s how much it means to these racers! Moving onto race day and it was the juniors off first, the junior women to be exact! For Australia it was Ellie Wale representing with a 6th place. Turning to junior men, in his first worlds foray Jackson Frew was Australia’s highest placed finisher taking the bronze medal. Australia’s most likely winner, Andrew Crimmins, who has had a stellar world cup season crashed and finished well down the order. It was his game plan of all or nothing, in this case he rolled the dice and the house won but have no doubt he will be back a stronger rider next year.

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Next came the women and the track was drying out more but the wooded sections were still quite slippery and caught more than a few riders off guard. Moving up from last year saw Tegan Molloy racing the senior class, unfortunately a tumble saw her hopes of a win evaporate. After an up and down season Tracey Hannah finished on a high note with another bronze medal for Australia, Manon Carpenter got close but couldn’t hold onto the rainbow stripes from last year with a silver medal. In the end it was the dominant rider of 2015, Rachel Atherton, who took the jersey back to the UK with her.

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Tegan Molloy crosses the line in the finals.
Tegan Molloy crosses the line in the finals.
Tracey Hannah has a bronze medal for the pool room after the weekend.
Tracey Hannah has a bronze medal for the pool room after the weekend.

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The tension had been steadily rising all day and when the men kicked off everyone was excited! Spectators lined the course, riders headed to the top with trainers, photographers checked their memory cards and like that we were racing! Coming down were some riders who wouldn’t normally qualify for world cups so it was great to see this mix. There were also plenty of crashes as wooden bridges, roots and the general steep nature of the track caught riders off guard.

David McMillan was one of the early riders on course.
David McMillan was one of the early riders on course.
Jordan Prochyra was a little known name but put in a good result.
Jordan Prochyra was a little known name but put in a good result.

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Sam Hill crashed in his race run, the same spot caught out many a rider.
Sam Hill crashed in his race run, the same spot caught out many a rider.

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Mic Hannah came down on a blinder and ended up  with a 10th placed finish.
Mic Hannah came down on a blinder and ended up with a 10th placed finish.
Mic in the hot seat.
Mic in the hot seat.
Dean Lucas has had a great season...
Dean Lucas has had a great season…
This race wasn't quite the finish he was hoping for though.
This race wasn’t quite the finish he was hoping for though.

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Connor Fearon was next.
Connor Fearon was next.
We collectively held our breaths hoping he would stay upright after some offs recently!
We collectively held our breaths hoping he would stay upright after some offs recently!
Held it he did!
Held it he did!
A solid time saw Connor walk away with 8th place.
A solid time saw Connor walk away with 8th place.
After another great season Troy Brosnan had high hopes for worlds. Unfortunately a crash saw his chance of winning dashed, three crashes in three races saw Troy's mum joke they would super glue him to his bike!
After another great season Troy Brosnan had high hopes for worlds. Unfortunately a crash saw his chance of winning dashed, three crashes in three races saw Troy’s mum joke they would super glue him to his bike!

After four second place finishes this year it was Loic Bruni who made his first win the most important one! He took the world championship jersey and with that a huge weight off his shoulders. Greg Minnaar and his Santa Cruz team mate Josh Bryceland were second and third respectively. For the other contenders it was a case of what could have been with names such as Atherton and Gwin crashing out.

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That wraps up the 2015 international season, what a ride and what a great way to finish it off!

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