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

Photos: Seb Schieck

"Which way to the beach?"
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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.
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Until then, enjoy our trackwalk gallery of the pretty-much unchanged anaconda that coils through the Aussie rainforest:

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Plenty of Brit talent on the Madison set up, come on lads!
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Not even praying can save you now
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Is he unstoppable? Finn goes in hunt of Rainbow Jersey number two
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It's been a tough year for Miranda Miller on Specialized, can she turn it around in the last chance saloon?
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