Cairns MTB World Cup downhill pits - gallery
Gee Atherton of GT Factory Racing took the weekend’s downhill win, made even more special with his sister Rachel taking the women’s
A Polygon from the Hutchinson UR team is ready for a bath
The mud in the pits over the weekend was a real mess
Aaron Gwin sets off for his race run on a Specialized Enduro Evo with 180mm travel front and rear
The Giant Factory team were running lightweight enduro rims from DT Swiss
Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas’ bike has some trick suspension modification – note the titanium spring held in by a rubber bumper/spacer and a whole lot of spring preload
Just about everyone had some form of mudguard: this crown-mounted model on Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas’ bike was one of the longer ones
Mitch Ropelato was first seen riding his Enduro 29er, before making a late switch to the downhill bike as conditions on track worsened
A long travel single-crown RockShock Pike on the front
Ropelato’s 29er had wide carbon rims
An Ohlins suspension shock for Ropelato’s Specialized Enduro 29er had us drooling!
A new prototype frame from Polygon for the Hutchinson UR team
A new suspension layout from Polygon should save a fair chunk of weight. The team’s suspension sponsor – BOS – has the team testing a new air shock
Neat brake setup on this Polygon frame
SDG designed ODI grips for the Hutchinson UR team
Troy Brosnan getting his bike ultra-slick for the final race. The spray is meant to stop the clay-like mud sticking to the frame
Troy Brosnan is one of the lighter riders and opted for the new Vivid Air shock
Specialized Factory were seen testing a variety of rubber over the weekend
Marsh Guards were everywhere! These guards are the brain child of Greg Minnaar’s mechanic, Jason Marsh
Aaron Gwin’s grip of choice
SRAM‘s new X0 DH was seen with just about all SRAM sponsored riders
Ohlins suspension is highly regarded within motorsport, so Mitch Ropelato’s suspension is definately the envy of many
Troy Brosnon brings his Enduro Evo back after a run
The entire pits looked like this – nearly all the cross-country teams stayed away because of the mess!
This was some of the more practical footwear we saw, although most were going barefoot
Some just figured, if you’re going to get muddy…
Rachel Atherton – the weekend’s winner – checks whether she got the body slide in focus…
Although Stevie Smith hasn’t returned to racing because of injury, the rest of the Devinci Global Racing team were there
Brendan Fairclough taking his bike to the pressure washers
Micayla Gatto and Emilie Siegenthaler hose each other off
Bryn Atkinson’s prototype Norco carbon downhill – we quickly got shooed away before snapping any detail shots
Current World Champion – Greg Minnaar – has this custom WTB Silverado saddle to show off his nation’s flag
Gee Atherton is arguably the hardest working rider in the game – working out before the race. Clearly it worked for him!
And once on the bike, Gee has full knowledge of his power output with this Shimano Saint SRM
These grips – as used by Giant – were likely quite tacky amidst all the mud
Giant Factory had the ‘luxury’ of a shipping container to hide in during the rain
Red Bull were among a select few who were able to drive into the pits without needing a tow out
Madision Saracen Factory team rider Matt Simmonds has his bike prepared
Schwalbe brought a trailer full of rubber – apparently the mud tyres were first to go
‘First Ride’ is Schwalbe’s prototype naming. Often it’s a well-known tread pattern but with a variation in compound
New Zealand’s Samuel Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic) qualified first, but couldn’t back it up on race day. We quite like his integrated seatpost collar
Hutchinson UR were a crowd favourite with Cairns local Mick and Tracey Hannah on the team. This recently announced Polygon N9 enduro race bike was being used for warm ups, with the conflicting brand’s rear shock labels hidden
A BOS Deville fork on the front of this team-spec Polygon N9 enduro race bike
Best known for chainguides, e*thirteen also supply the wheels to the Hutchinson UR team. These big flange carbon hubs are super light and create a stiff setup
A Commencal also testing out the new BOS air rear shock
Mick Hannah’s prototype Polygon bike all ready for the pressure-filled final run
Can you name this frame? Either way… it looks evil!
Round two of the UCI mountain bike
world cup was held in Tropical North Queensland of Australia. Consistent and heavy rain turned the track greasy and the pits even dirtier, which saw riders scrambling for ways to keep themselves upright and the bikes clean.
Some highlights include a Norco carbon downhill bike, suspension tuning from the Giant Factory team, a variety of non-downhill specific bikes from Specialized, prototypes from Polygon and general shenanigans caused by the mud.
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