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The Cairns World Cup in late April co­in­cided with the end of the wet sea­son in Trop­i­cal North Queens­land. But the cour­ses, spec­ta­tors and racers took it all in their stride. Those who raced, and those who watched, were full of praise for the event, which show­cased the best downhill and cross-coun­try talent that Aus­tralia and the world have.

Ben Power, QLD

ELITE MEN // NS DY­NAM­ICS “It was so rad that in my race run, all I could hear the whole way down were people yelling my name and it was in ev­ery sec­tion of the track! Un­real ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Jake Lu­cas, VIC

ME­DIA MANƒ “It would have to be the leg­endary crowd, the next level spec­tat­ing and the un­real at­mos­phere. I won’t soon for­get the wildest track­side weekend I’ve ever had.”

Ben Den­gate, NSW

JU­NIOR DH TEAM // BILT BIKES “The best bit about Cairns WC as a ju­nior was def­i­nitely the home crowd sup­port, the heckle go­ing through the main rock gar­den was off the chain.”

Chris Bar­lin, NSW

ELITE MEN // GREEN TO GOLD RACE DE­VEL­OP­MENT “The track was su­per hard in the wet. Even so, the high-speed mid­dle jump sec­tion was a high­light. I loved com­ing into there ev­ery run. So much fun!”

Brendan John­ston, NSW

ELITE MEN XCO // TREK AUS­TRALIA “It was an awe­some feel­ing get­ting to the sum­mit of the climb each lap and know­ing you had an awe­some de­cent to look for­ward to! It was tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing but so much fun and the crowds lined the whole thing! That made hit­ting the jumps at high-speed pretty cool. I guess it would re­sem­ble some­thing like what the down­hillers ex­pe­ri­ence with the jumps be­ing on a slightly smaller scale! It is a credit to Glen Ja­cobs and his team!”

David McMil­lan, NSW

ELITE MENS DH // SWELL-SPE­CIAL­IZED “The best bit of Cairns for me was def­i­nitely the crowd – hav­ing a World Cup on home soil is the coolest thing ever.”

Ai­den Var­ley, VIC

JU­NIOR MEN DH // YARRA VAL­LEY CY­CLES “It was the hard­est con­di­tions l’ve raced in. The mud made it so dif­fi­cult: slid­ing every­where on the roots and the rock gar­den. And the ped­alling to the fin­ish was a killer!”

Shaun Lewis, SA

ELITE MEN XCO // FO­CUS AUS­TRALIA “Rac­ing on home soil was an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence. The crowds were so rowdy and the track was a true moun­tain­bik­ers course that made me fall back in love with XCO rac­ing. Plenty of time with both wheels off the ground and awe­some rock drops that put a huge grin on my face. Two words to de­scribe that weekend: sooooo rad! I love this sport and I love be­ing re­warded for a tough climb with a mad techy de­scent, even more. Well done Cairns!”

Paul King, NSW

SPEC­TA­TOR ­ “Cairns de­liv­ered, and af­ter 18 years it was mad to be back and see­ing some old faces from the great north­ern hill tribe, same dirt, same people, same vibe. Bring on the worlds!­The track was wild, pythons swing­ing from the trees, four sea­sons in one day on race day, and the vibe on the hill was in­sane. Walk­ing down the trail af­ter the fi­nals left me gob­s­macked at the skill level re­quired for rid­ers to stay up­right let alone even con­tem­plate post­ing a fast time.”

Scott Bow­den, TAS

JU­NIOR MENS XCO // 4SHAW/GI­ANT “Hav­ing com­plete strangers go­ing wild on the side of the track sup­port­ing you be­cause they knew you were from Aus­tralia was un­real! And it helped to block out the hurt from the su­per tough track.”

Ricky Boyer, NSW

SPEC­TA­TOR // DOWNHILL LEG­END “The best thing about the Cairns World Cup is about be­ing able to to­tally im­merse yourself in the rac­ing. The sights, sounds and smells don’t come across on Red Bull TV. It’s not the same un­less at you’re at the game!”

Tony Davis, WA

FA­THER OF RIDER, SPEC­TA­TOR, LEG­END “The mud made ev­ery­thing mem­o­rable and def­i­nitely put Cairns in the his­tory books. If you didn’t crash you were on the podium.”

Ian Jones, QLD

SPEC­TA­TOR “The best part about Cairns was ev­ery­thing: ev­ery­one was stoked, the track was awe­some. I can’t wait to get back there!”

Reilly Hurst, QLD

RIDE CAIRNS “The track was hor­rific. Like noth­ing else my­self or any of the com­peti­tors had ex­pe­ri­enced thanks to the typ­i­cal ‘trop­i­cal’ weather. That and the in­sane lev­els of track­side an­tics from the fans turned Cairns 2014 into a whacky en­ter­tain­ing Ja­panese game-show rather than the se­ri­ous bat­tle it usu­ally is.”

Graeme Mudd, NSW

ELITE MEN DH // LUSTY IN­DUS­TRIES “The track was the tough­est track I have ever raced on. Given the con­di­tions at least I knew it couldn’t get any worse. The crowds were wild! When ap­proach­ing the rock gar­den in my run it felt more like charg­ing into a mosh pit at a metal con­cert. So loud and bru­tal. I kind of for­got how ex­hausted I was be­cause I was so amped on hav­ing that much sup­port pin­ning it down in my race run.”

Luke Ball, WA

ELITE MEN DH // CARINE CY­CLES “For me the best parts of the Cairns World Cup were the awe­some spec­ta­tors. In some spots there were 100 spec­ta­tors in a sin­gle sec­tion! Aussie crowds are al­ways the loud­est.”

Em Parkes, NSW

U23S WOM­ENS XCO // TORQ AUS­TRALIA “Boy, oh boy, have the track work­ers done an amaz­ing job! They truly de­liv­ered a chal­leng­ing yet re­ward­ing track. Also to be rac­ing an in­ter­na­tional level race with the sup­port and as­sis­tance from my team and fam­ily was amaz­ing! I be­lieve my Dad has a blis­ter from his cow bell af­ter cheer­ing on the Aussies.”

Dan McCon­nell Wyn Masters (NZL) Cody Love Holly Har­ris Bec Hen­der­son

Scott Bow­den

Seb Jayne Dave McMil­lan Shaun Lewis Dan Mac

COM­PILED Robert Con­roy PHO­TOS Mike Ble­witt and Tim Bard­s­ley-Smith The U23 Men’s race

Em Parkes Tracey Han­nah

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