It is here. The 2016 Vallnord World Cup final takes place this Saturday, September 3rd.

Photos: Seb Schieck

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It is massive. Rachel Atherton may have sewn–up the Women’s title race with one round to go, but it is all still to play for in both the Junior and Elite Men’s categories. And of course this is the MIGHTY Steve Peat's last ever World Cup race. I still can't believe I'm saying that!

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In the Junior’s it is all down to Finn Iles and Gaetan Vige (above). Vige will be on home soil (kind of!) and is sure to want to impress his sponsors Commencal at their ‘home World Cup’.

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Gwin has a sizeable 178 point cushion, but this is DH racing, and anything could happen.

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WC_Andorra_2016_14_9388

Hart is sure to go all out, and it is going to be interesting to see how the points stand after qualifying on the Friday and how that will affect the final race runs.

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It is also going to be interesting to see how the rest of the overall podium pans out. The top four are pretty safe (like Troy Brosnan, above), but the battle for the fifth spot could (mathematically) be anyone’s back to 20th place!

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In fact it is even possible that the AWESOME Adam Brayton (below) could end up on the overall podium... yeah, honest.  OK, so this is what you need to do Brayton... win qualifying and the main event and make sure that everyone ahead of you in the standings up to 4th place doesn't score any points. Simple!

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So it is Thursday today and riders are out on course for practice. Qualifying is tomorrow and race day is Saturday. Hold on to your pants.

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