Photos: Seb Schieck
Cairns wasn’t a vintage World Champs, but it was one packed with stories and intrigue. We doubt anyone correctly predicted all three winners but the lottery is what makes downhill racing so enticing.
Amid all the broadcast drama, questionable tracks and Instagrams of beach sunsets, here are our takeaways from the 2017 World Champs.
Bruni shouldn’t have been overlooked
Winner in Cairns in 2016, former World Champ, fourth in the overall in 2017 with three podiums – there was no reason that Loic Bruni shouldn’t have been one of the favourites for Cairns. It hadn’t been his strongest year in the World Cup but you can never discount the French when the Rainbow stripes are up for grabs.
Bruni had a quiet week in Cairns letting the Aussies soak up the pressure and attention but he’d worked hard for this behind the scenes. While everyone was focussing on the rock garden and the final sprint, he put in an incredible middle sector on the tight singletrack to set-up his win.
Despite a rough World Cup season and plenty of adversity, Bruni proved he could pull it all together for one run at the end of the year. Reminds us of another Frenchman we know…