The Downhill World Championships in Cairns, Australia

Downhill World Championships, cairns, australia

We are all looking forward to this year’s multi-round mountain bike racing also known as UCI Mountain Biking Downhill World Championship. Now, the wait is over.

The toughest discipline of Mountain Biking will be held in Smithfield Regional Park, Queensland, Australia plays host to the best rider in the world on any given Sunday competition, aka, the World Championships. Winners in Elite and Junior categories will each take the mantle of the prized Rainbow Jersey, signifying their own and their nation’s success as we roll towards 2018.

The venue itself has a lot to offer for both the biker and spectator. The 165 million year old continuously evolving tropical rainforest, The Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef offer a fantastic tourist attraction regardless of the race!

The World Champs Weekender is the 6-10th of September and is available to watch the on the BBC via Red Button and Red Bull TV. The live coverage will be streamed on September 10 (Sunday) from 3:55 am till 13:10. I bet this would be a remarkable race! Are you all excited for the largest mountain bike event of 2017?

The Downhill World Championships Track

The race organizers delivered an amazing track it’s 1.9KM World Cup Track of pure dust, roots, corners, whoops and jumps. If you’re one of the bikers, you are sure to enjoy the competition and the end of season party to follow!

Previous Downhill World Championships winners

I am certain we are all looking forward who will win this year’s championship but who took the mantle last year?

Last year, Danny Hart of Great Britain took gold in elite men category while Rachel Atherton of Great Britain won gold in Elite Women category. Anne-Caroline Chausson is the Most successful World Championship racers earning 9 gold medals can in the elite womens category can Rachel Atherton make it 5? Nicolas Vouilloz has taken 7 victories in the elite men category with a relatively level field with Danny Hart (2) Greg Minnaar (3) Loic Bruni (1) and it’s never fair to write off Aaron Gwin, 2017 World Cup Overall winner.

Getting to Smithfield Regional Park and Getting in?

Well, It’s best to get your tickets online before the event. General admission tickets cost $25.00 (adults), $15.00 (junior 10–14yrs), $20.00 (concession), $20.40 (local resident), $60.00 (family of four).

If you like to see the race from Friday to Sunday, then it’s $60.00 (adult), $30.00 (junior 10–14yrs), $45.00 (concession), $140.00 (family of four).

Rest assured that you will enjoy the race this year the organizers have made an effort with all the track changes not just for bikers but also for their viewers. A new spectator access trail now follows the downhill course from the finish area to the rock garden, giving people a more suitable way to see the spectacle as well as better designed zones to increase safety.

Shuttle run at downhill world championships in cairns, australia

Everyday Tahnee’s shuttlin’. Photo credit: Nathan Hughes

Feature image credit: Dave Trumpore

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Mike Straw

Mike is a downhill racer, extreme sports enthusiast and most recently a property consultant from West Wales. A graduate of Swansea University he has set up and established a successful mountain bike race team - MJRacing and is currently pursuing freedom via the property industry…

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