Downhill World Championships Goes Next Level In Australia

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The 2017 Downhill World Championships results are in.

The much awaited results are here, after the amazing event we now know who has been crowned the fastest in the world in Cairns, Australia.

Junior Downhill World Championships 2017

The 2017 World Championships kicked off with the junior women’s race with downhill on the rise there has become an ever sharpened focus on the junior categories as riders take their steps into the elite field. The morning action saw French rider Melanie Chappaz claiming the win in the Junior Women’s downhill final. She was followed by Shania Rawson of New Zealand in 2nd place and Flora Lesoin took 3rd.

1st Melanie Chappaz 4:28.617
2nd Shania Rawson +2.701
3rd Flora Lesoin +6.935

Matt walker sealed the win in the Junior Downhill World Championships 2017, Walker has had an impressive performance and was the only man to beat Iles all year round in the Junior World Cup series.

Matt Walker on the way to securing the Junior Gold. Photo credit: Dan Hearn

Iles crashed out in his finals run conceding the victory to Matt Walker. Joe Breeden also from Great Britain brought him second place while Max Hartenstern secured the bronze medal. Exciting times ahead for their movements into the elite category for 2018.

1st Matt Walker 3:37.798
2nd Joe Breeden +3.448
3rd Max Hartenstern +3.978

With the upset of Finn Iles in the Junior Class and a record win for Matt Walker would there be more upsets to come?

Women’s Downhill World Championships 2017

Womens title is taken by Miranda Miller after a dramatic finale. Photo credit: Stewart McLean

There were a few questions surrounding the result for the Elite Women’s field which has been cleared up by UCI officials:

“After reviewing the back-up timing of today’s Women Elite Downhill race at the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns (AUS), the Commissaires’ panel realised that a mistake had occurred in the primary timing, thus amended the final ranking,”

The statement concluded;

“In the updated General Classification, Canada’s Miranda Miller remains UCI World Champion, followed by France’s Myriam Nicole (2nd) and Australia’s Tracey Hannah (3rd).”

Regardless of the confusion surrounding the race it’s a milestone achievement for Miranda Miller who takes home the Gold medal. Local hero Tracey Hannah crashed out in her run and battled back to third place whilst Tahnee Seagrave also crashed wiping out her 5 second advantage. World Cup overall winner Myriam Nicole backed up a solid season taking second spot in Australia.

1st Miranda Miller 4:10.245
2nd Myriam Nicole +0.097
3rd Tracey Hannah +1.985

Men’s Downhill World Championships 2017

With Miller taking the win in the women’s field it was down to the likes of Brosnan, Fearon, Moir and Hannah to deliver a gold medal to the host nation.

The legendary Sam Hill also attended the race on board his enduro bike and rattled down to 6th place on the day showing that even with racing the Enduro World Series races he is still very much at the sharp end of his game.

The existing World Cup Overall winner Aaron Gwin pushed hard to take the bronze whilst Minnar’s luck continued with a flat tyre in finals. In quest of his first World Champs jersey, Aaron Gwin hurtled out of the start gate.

The Aussie crowd rested their hopes on Mick Hannah who stepped into the hotseat however as Loic Bruni crossed the line there was hearts breaking all around the finish area. Bruni took his second World Championship Win in three years on the track he won his first World Cup in 2016 with the slimmest of margins.

1st Loic Bruni 3:26.656
2nd Mick Hannah +0.339
3rd Aaron Gwin +1.967

With the season coming to a close it will be an interesting off season with a number of new faces coming through the junior ranks to mix it up at the top end. Next up on the circuit is the Red Bull Rampage which will be broadcast on Red Bull TV 27th October 2017. Stay tuned.

Feature image: Bruni takes his second World Championships Title in Cairns, Australia. Photo credit: Dirt Mountain Bike

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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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