WHO TO WATCH: 2017 WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS PREVIEW

Australian Mountain Bike - - Contents -

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!

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