First tracks have been laid down in the jungle of Cairns. Forget all the new tech and fancy paint jobs, attentions can now turn to the job at hand.

Photos: Seb Schieck

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Feeling the rhythm of this track is so important. The top switchbacks are a gentle intro to proceedings but the syncopated, stacatto spikes of the rock garden announce the real start of the track. The next two minutes flit between narrow, rooty singletrack punctuated by lightning fast rhythm sections. Finally the jungle spits you out onto the concrete road - one last, cruel push before the finish.

The deadly wildlife of Cairns kept Seb barricaded in his room until mid morning
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WIth good weather and a freshly buffed track, everyone was looking up to speed right away. Let's kick off the show:

Hill is now main lining enduro but his smash-and-grab sixth in Cairns was one hell of a farewell to downhill
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Gwin still chasing the rainbow after nearly ten years of asking. He looks on it here.
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Danny's new Mondraker definitely looks better when it's up to speed
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Pompon will be the first to admit this track doesn't suit her but she's determined to make it work after her best ever year
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This is Siegenthaler's first ever custom bike. She'll be hoping to do her Swiss steed proud
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Blenki is right at home on this flat-out, dusty track
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Jack Moir takes flight
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