Australian Mountain Bike - - Between The Tape -

Troy Bros­nan has urged pas­sion­ate Aus­tralian fans at Cairns to cheer the lo­cal he­roes to pos­si­ble vic­tory. Bros­nan, from Ade­laide, is one of the favourites for the men’s down­hill af­ter a great start to this sea­son, fea­tur­ing a win at Vall­nord and sec­ond place at Len­z­er­heide.

But Jack Moir and Mick Han­nah are among other home­grown rac­ers hop­ing for glory in front of ra­bid crowds on the Smith­field course. And Bros­nan reck­ons their sup­port could be cru­cial – es­pe­cially on the long fin­ish­ing sec­tion as rid­ers pedal their guts out to the tape. “I think to have all the Aussies on that last stretch of pedalling at the very end can only help me push harder to the fin­ish line,” the 24-year-old said.

Bros­nan, who made the switch to Canyon from Spe­cial­ized at the start of the sea­son, is likely to be bat­tling it out with South Africa’s Greg Min­naar at the top of the leader­board. 29er bikes have ex­ploded onto the DH scene this year – and none more so than the Santa Cruz V10 that Min­naar has been blaz­ing a trail with through­out 2017.

But even though the Smith­field course would seem to favour big­ger wheels, Bros­nan be­lieves they don’t suit his per­sonal style of rid­ing. “For me, 29ers are a rider’s choice,” he says. “The taller rid­ers like Greg suit them re­ally well, but I have tried one and it did not work for me at all. Be­ing so small it felt like too much bike that I don’t need.”

And why would the Aussie rider want to change any­way when his Canyon Sender has de­liv­ered such ex­cel­lent re­sults all sea­son? “The team and my­self have pro­gressed the bike to be faster and faster and it all has just clicked,” he ex­plains. “It has been a great switch for me. I did not imag­ine I’d have won a World Cup race in my first year on a Canyon and I’m over the moon with how the team is go­ing.”

Al­though Bros­nan will be push­ing him­self to the limit in Cairns, he’s adamant he won’t be feel­ing the pres­sure to take down a World Cham­pi­onship. “I am su­per ex­cited for Worlds in Cairns – it’s in Aus­tralia and on a track I do re­ally well at,” he says.

“But to be hon­est I’m just go­ing there to have fun and ride my bike - what­ever hap­pens I will have a smile on my face!”

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