WHO TO WATCH: 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
The eyes of the planet will be on Cairns in September as the best global riders battle it out for the coveted rainbow jersey. Don’t miss our invaluable guide to the line-ups in all events so you know your Loic Bruni from your Anton Cooper and your Annie Last from your Myriam Nicole.
It’s back! The UCI Mountain Bike World Championships are now upon us and for only the third time in history the best riders on the planet will be battling it out for glory on Australian shores. And just like in 1996, the spotlight will be on Cairns as thousands of fans descend on the Smithfield course to watch the stars of downhill and XCO.
It promises to be a thrilling week of action, featuring international legends such as Greg Minnaar, Nino Schurter and Rachel Atherton as well as local heroes like Troy Brosnan, Bec Henderson, Tracey Hannah and Jack Moir. With all that in mind, we’ve compiled this in-depth guide - packed with facts, stats and information - on who to look out for at this year’s event. All the talking has now been done. Come September 5, it’s time for the racing. Let’s get it on!