Jungle is massive

Cairns trackwalk

World Champs always brings a new atmosphere to the World Cup pits.

Photos: Seb Schieck

“Which way to the beach?”

Add to this the fact that we’re in Cairns with a significantly depleted number of riders, media and hangers-on and there’s a distinct holiday vibe in the air. That will all change tomorrow, of course, as the riders don their national kits and head up the hill in the uplift vans for the first round of the rumble in the jungle.

Home hopefuls leading the opening parade.

Until then, enjoy our trackwalk gallery of the pretty-much unchanged anaconda that coils through the Aussie rainforest:

This is what makes World Champs so great, so many nations represented and new faces in the pits
The opening ceremony brought XC and downhill together
This busker was really struggling to get any change off the riders - tight bastards!
Jack Reading is here as a last-minute replacement for Phil Atwill, the lack of preparation doesn't seem to be fazing him though...
The most successful woman of the year, this would mean more than any of those World Cups though
It's winter here but it's still goddam hot
Can't beat that...
Plenty of Brit talent on the Madison set up, come on lads!
Not even praying can save you now
Is he unstoppable? Finn goes in hunt of Rainbow Jersey number two
When it gets wet, this tree abducts wheels into the undergrowth
If there's any place on the track that will swallow a trail bike, it's this rock garden, Hill took a long time studying it as he'll probably be looking at his own line to try out at some point.
It's been a tough year for Miranda Miller on Specialized, can she turn it around in the last chance saloon?
The defending champ scoping for lines, these rocks are almost too slippery to stand on, never mind ride!
Tailbacks on the rocks
Jagged, alien roots. We're a long way from home
Cairns stylee
The man behind the master Kevin Joly is integral to Bruni's race weekend and will be among the favourites for the Boxxer Worlds this week
Troy Brosnan is a name on everyone's lips this weekend. A lot of pressure to live up to for the Aussie
Eight World Champs into his career and still no rainbow jersey, time to start the collection?
Sam Hill is an unknown quantity here but he's fit and up for it - the potential is mega
Just another race for Danny? If you believe that you'll believe anything...
Off the back of securing her first World Cup overall, PomPon is chasing the rainbow in Cairns
The infamous whoops. Moto riders will be licking their lips, foolhardy spectators, less so.
Pinball straight and taped wide, Cairns is the definition of flat out.
Minnaar has never done exceptionally in Cairns however it should suit the 29ers down to a tee
The reigning World Champion is a two-time winner in Cairns - is it time for that winning streak to return?
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Moi, Moi, Moi!
Max is on site to cheer on his riders this weekend
For everyone that says this is a pedaller's track, there's someone that remembers the slippery roots
Tragedy and triumph, we remember this final straight for so many reasons but Stevie Smith's wheelie will take some beating.
An outside shot, or a heavy favourite? Mick is the unknown quantity this weekend
If only every World Cup could be held somewhere like this...
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