The Syndicate cheering squad making the most noise in the crowd,
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Laurence has been with Dirt all season covering the World Cup race series. We have had some stunning shots from him and here is the last galley for this year. The World Cup Finals through the lens of Laurence Crossman-Emms.
These World Cup moments don't last forever, as memories yes, but it doesn't end there, packing away underneath an amazing sunset, tearing down for the last time this season, and farewells are exchanged! Which is where I leave you, a huge thanks to everyone involved this year, cheers to you guys at home getting involved and until next time, Peace Out! Ps. Huge shout out to Will Longden and the team for all the support this year! Cheers.
Stevie Smith snatches the trophy away from Gee Atherton at the last second, and his years of training and hard work all lead to this moment! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/42_audio.mp3"]
An outstanding year for GT Factory racing, with plenty of wins and accomplishments to their name, they take overall Team of the Year!
The Syndicate cheering squad making the most noise in the crowd, cheering Josh and Greg to their spots on the podium! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/40_audio.mp3"]
World Champion and now the World Cup Champion, Rachel Atherton holding her trophy to the sky! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/39_audio1.mp3"]
Head down, disappointed not to be the one on the top spot, after such a great start to the season he seemed a force not to be matched! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/38_audio1.mp3"]
Kevin Radical made the trip over to show the lads some support, Josh Bryceland standing proud in 5th with Gee over in 4th, amazing results for british downhill this season!
A stoked bunch for the final podium of the season.
All the media wanted a piece of this podium! Historic moments here in Leogang!
There it is, your top 3 of the day. Unexpected results to one of the most exciting races of the season. Stevie, Bruni, Sik Mik!
And across the line, he takes it. Stevie had done it, against the odds and taking down the seemingly unstoppable Gee! Face Off 2013 winner, Stevie Smith
Sat at the top, knowing that Gee made no mistakes during his run, Stevie was under the impression Gee was in the hot seat…so he had to turn it up! And turn it up he did. Up at the first split and storming through the 2nd split, the fate of this World Cup was becoming clearer by the second.
Anxious crowds of fans waiting for the arrival of Stevie Smith!
Sik Mik Hannah dropping in second to last in front of Stevie. A comfortable run, looking smooth and up at the first split, he was looking like he could have it. Losing a little bit of time in the last section he crossed the line just a fraction behind Loic Bruni…they don't call him millisecond Mic for nothing.
Elbows out Gee pinned the middle section during his run. Not the qualifying result he wanted, he came down 3rd to last, leaving the gate the pressure was building. Cracks began to show in his run when he was down at the split on Bruni's time, made clear when he crossed the line, just missing out on the hot seat. Was this enough to let Stevie pass?
A man that has been fighting all season for a top position, Loic Bruni was on it all week. If at first you don't succeed, try try again…and thats what he did! A great run knocking Josh Bryceland of the hot seat and sealing himself a 2nd place run! Amazing result for such a dedicated rider. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/28_audio1.mp3"]
Off out the gate charging the corners, Josh Bryceland was determined, all that playing around on the jumps paid off for him. The run of his life put him straight into the hot seat, 3 seconds up on the current first place. Amazing result for him here and great to see him up on the podium, 5th in the end!
Wearing gloves for once, Sam Blenkinsop put down a stormer of a quail run, he was on for his best result of this season. A good run from him but just a little off the pace, he couldn't quite top Josh Bryceland, 7th to finish.
A roll switch in Leogang, with Gwin out injured Brosnan took up the mantle for Specialized Racing. He pinned the bottom section to secure 8th place in Austria. A solid season from the young rider expect more next year from Troy.
After his best result this season in Norway, Andrew Neethling was keen to roll on the momentum, but he only managed a 22nd place run today!
Marc Beaumont needed this one, a top 10 result would have gone down very well for him and a good end to the season, but crashing out in the bottom section he lost time and vital places. One of the only riders to take a big mistake, it cost him in such a tight field. 33rd place.
Packed tight finish area with a mountain view, by far one of the most beautiful races this year. The round in Austria really has ticked many boxes, a great round to finish the season on!
The afternoon saw the Elite Men take to the track, it had dried out considerably after the Junior's and Women's riders had been through. Into the top 40 and riders were hitting the top times set in quali, with the bottom of the track crammed with fans the afternoon was only going to heat up more.
Junior Women’s Overall winner, Tahnee Seagrave managed to hold on to the jersey since the first round. Stoked as ever taking the win here, she is looking forward to a winter of no school and just riding bikes! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/20_audio1.mp3"]
Rachel’s near miss left Emmeline Ragot riding from the hot seat and taking the win. Ragot's second win this year, she ends the season on high, 2nd place overall and hungry for it next year! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/19_audio1.mp3"]
A stare of disbelief, Rachel Atherton couldn't believe it. Crossing the line she fell 0.5 back. Disappointed but at least she knew it was enough to take the overall, a bigger result for her rather than throwing it away trying for top step.
One of the two women that was looking to upset Rachel Atherton, Manon Carpenter. With her consistent 2nd places throughout the season, she had the talent to knock the mighty Atherton down, falling back in qualifying it was looking less certain. Another steady run but not enough, she took 3rd on the day and 3rd overall. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/17_audio1.mp3"]
Getting it done for the Junior Women today, Tahnee Seagrave showed she has what it takes to battle it with the top spots, 7th here in Leogang today and taking away the Junior Overall, an end to a great season for her.
The sun beamed down as the women stepped up to challenge both the mountain and the clock. Last year Morgan Charre took the World Champs title on this track and she was looking to equal that podium step. She managed 6th in the end but still a solid run and a good end to the season with a 5th in the overall.
Picture postcard mountains with crazy quilted clouds set the backdrop for today's grande finale.
Standing proud on the top of the Junior overall podium…Loris Vergier takes it. He's in a good position for next year and it will be great to see back next season.
Noel Niederberger throwing shapes over the final jump into the arena, he takes the win here in Leogang, but it wasn't quite enough for the overall. A sterling 2nd place from Loris Vergier sealed the overall marking himself Junior World Cup Champion. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/12_audio1.mp3"]
Tight junior racing here today, current leader and favourite to win, Mike Jones gave it his all. Not a track he really favours but giving it 100% he slipped back at the splits and only manages a 3rd place, leaving the gap for Loris and Noel to tighten the overall screws.
Innes Graham dropping in at the top, really kicking off the Junior action. With a solid run he was pleased to come across the line with a 3:40 but only managed to bag 5th place.
With practice coming to a close any remaining cloud was lifting from the valley in time for racing. A long day was kicked off by the juniors, followed by the women then men.
A short practice session on Sunday morning gave the riders a chance for a few more runs on this fun track. Many not being able to resist the opportunity to throw a big whip!
Myriam Nicole looking quick in practice, elbows high, focused on the prize, but today only managed 5th.
Danny's face tells it all, disappointed and frustrated, one wrist broken and the other cracked. Not the best end to the season, especially considering the circumstances of if he was to race he could have secured himself a 3rd place overall! Looking forward to the off season, it wont be long until he back on the bike.
Last minute adjustments on race day and the vans have anything and everything a rider and mechanic might need. New parts, tools and general shiny things are all hidden away in the mobile MTB sweetshops.
Low visibility during morning practice but Rachel Atherton still had both eyes clearly on the prize. Quick during her early run she worried about the changing track conditions.
Elliot was gutted when he realised he had left the start gate without ET.
The sun then shone down on morning practice drying the track out in time for finals. Most riders got two runs in and many saying how much the track had changed between them.
Stepping out of the lift station being greeted by this typical Austrian view, not a shabby way to start the day's racing. Sunny up top but dropping into cloud half way down the hill, that mist wouldn't last though and it burned off to leave the best weather of the week.
The Syndicate cheering squad making the most noise in the crowd, cheering Josh and Greg to their spots on the podium!