I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph the 2017 Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia. It was a week long event and proved to be one of the more memorable World Champs of the past few years.
The pressure on Cairns locals Tracey and Mik Hannah was insane. Family, friends and thousands of fans gathered trackside to see their hometown heroes potentially take the win in both Elite Women and Elite Men. Years of hopes and dreams coming down to 3.5 minutes of downhill precision on the dry and dusty jungle course.
After the dust had settled it would be bittersweet for the Aussie contingent; Tracey would slide off the track on a loose off-camber section, hitting her head in the process. She was 8 seconds down after halfway but would gain 6 seconds back to take the bronze medal. The eventual winner was Miranda Miller from Canada, possibly the funnest racer on circuit to be around is now the worlds fastest. Stoked!
Mik Hannah put down an amazing run that would only be beaten by another Specialized Gravity racer; Loic Bruni! He has won in Cairns before and knew where he could make up time on Mik's home track advantage. It was an amazing performance by the Frenchman and the crowd knew it was the best they would see! Emotional moments of joy, heartbreak, elation and frustration all balled up in to one afternoon of Downhill delight. Thanks for the show! I hope to see you all trackside next World Cup season.
A massive thanks to Downhill247 for the support during the week. You can check out their 5 day report here: Downhill247