But putting together a faultless run and showing why he is the number one Junior in the World right now, Loris Vergier picks up another medal as he takes the win here in Hafjell. Top riding from the young kid, but now will just be a test to see how he fairs in the big world of Elite!
The junior podium sees Loris top step followed by Brit rider Laurie Greenland and in a run of his life young Irish pinner from the Orange Dirt team Jacob Dickson in 3rd place.
Hunting for those stripes all year along, Loris finally holds his arms high with the five colours wrapped around him. A big day for Loris as this could set him up well into the big world of DH and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Loic Bruni and Nico Vouilloz
Gee Atherton's mechanic, Pete, puts the final touches on his race machine. No special paint for Gee this year after some frame alterations left him unsure until last minute to what set up he was going to be running.
Manon Carpenter warms up in the pits before her run. Quietly confident in that she feels this is her season. The successes of the World Cup has really given her that extra motivation to push 110% in this final big race of the season.
The Canadians, Micayla Gatto and Casey Brown look onward as the Women start to come the hillside. Gatto and Brown finish one behind each other in 11th and 12th, they both have the potential for more and have proven so earlier in the season.
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Tahnee Seagrave showing that even though she is a first year Elite, she knows how to fight with her fists! Stomping down hard in her run she was really keen for this one. Coming across the line and right into the hot seat, she was able to hold on to it until the final two girls who just about knocked her off. An amazing 3rd place for the young Brit! "[audio url ="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/22_audio.mp3"]"
Charging hard towards the finish line, Manon crosses the line and goes up on hot seat rider and fellow country women Tahnee Seagrave. With only Rachel to come down she wasn't going to slow things down.
Dropping in and having a storming top section, Rachel Atherton soon put the seconds in Manon. Really giving it all she has, Rachel goes up again in the 2nd interval, but a reoccurring pattern from previous rounds saw Rachel fatigue quickly towards the bottom of the hill, loosing seconds quickly in the final rock garden. It was down to the wire as she jumped the bridge and hunted for the line, but it wasn't enough. Rachel fell back behind Manon's time and misses out on the stripes by the skin of her teeth
Manon raises her arms in victory, knowing she beat Rachel in a fair fight for glory. Manon's season goes from strength to strength, proving that she is the new kid on the block!
Looking eagerly on at the job at hand, Josh Bryceland and Cedric Gracia can feel the winds...the winds of change!
Manon Carpenter snaps those coloured stripes from 2nd placed Rachel Atherton as she wins her first ever World Championships. A long time coming for her but she can finally say she has done it. Looking at the bigger picture, a British 1- 2-3 is a massive achievement for British Cycling and UK downhill as a whole. Never before has it been seen that 3 country people have been on the podium together a Worlds.
One happy set of parents, Manon's mum and dad made the effort to come cheer her on here in Hafjell.
Remi Thirion bettering his place that he set in his timed training by one and ending up in 6th place. A season with a couple of tidy results he finishes 2014 with a smile on his face but eager for more, can he pull out a repeat Andorra win at Worlds next year?
Loic and Blenki finishing up side by side today in 8th and 7th respectively, 3seconds back off the pace. It shows that when two top riders train and practice together, the results can be similar, pushing each other to new levels. Rumours are floating around that the pair may go their separate ways next year but nothing has been confirmed!
Steve Peat rounds up his 22nd year of World Champs racing in 16th place, a result that most seasoned riders would be pleased with, but once you have been in the game for this long to see Peaty still put down results is incredible.
It was no different for the Elite men as it was for the Juniors. Rider after rider was being eaten up by this Viking hillside. Another bites the dust as Sik Mik Hannah went down in the rock garden, missing out on his World Champs opportunity.
Matt Simmonds came into World Champs this year off the back of his 2nd place in Meribel. Riding high on confidence he wanted to better his previous Worlds result of 5th. A blinding 81kmph through the speed trap put him in good stead to make up for his start. Crossing the line he was only able to manage 9th place. Still a top 10 result is to be more than proud of!
This track is tough and truly demanding, especially at race pace. Fours days of practice was quickly taking its toll on the riders and it was showing in the racing. Mistakes were being made, and even the best of the best were being caught out! Wyn Masters gurning from a shoulder injury he picked up at the start of the week as he shoots down into 33rd place!
The pressure of being one of the last men down the hill wasn't on Sam Hill's mind today as he came down with 9 to go. Playing his poker face hard as he didn't really set a time in timed practice he went straight up on split 1 and 2, having the fast 2nd sector all day. But whilst navigating himself through the last rock garden, he fell into a hole with his wheel which sent him right out the front door into what looked like a dreadful crash. Bouncing right back up he tried to push through to the finish line but only managed to pick up 26th.
An uncharacteristically off the pace run for Aaron Gwin today as he comes across the line in 14th place. No real issues for him, just not on game today. The long season of racing can quickly takes it toll on even the best seasoned racers!
This man deserved a medal today. Neko Mulally right out of the gate into the first set of jumps snapped his chain, but not letting it ruin his race run he pressed right on and just kept going up at the splits. First split was an achievement but coming across the line and going right into the hot seat was unbelievable. He was even able to hold it off until the top 3 riders, securing himself a very honourable 4th place finish! Is that a first in World Champs DH?
Gee Atherton once again with his signature foot out in the loose dusty last corner...
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Second to last man down, Troy Brosnan was hoping to make up for the disappointment of missing out of the WC overall. Starting off strong but falling back a bit on time he struggling to put a dent into the time of Gee Atherton. Pedalling over the finish line he missed out by only a fraction which saw him collect 3rd place today. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/37-2_audio.mp3"]"
...crossing the line and becomes the first rider to knock Neko Mulally off his high horse. With two riders to go, it still wasn't over!
...crossing the line, Josh narrowly misses out on winning by only 0.4seconds, but no one really knew that he was injured. Calling for help right away, team manager Kathy Sessler and Steve Peat rush to his aid. It wasn't looking good! Not the end to a race that any one was expecting.
Quickly being carried over to the hot seat, Josh was laid down and quickly seen to by the medical staff. They soon found the root of the issue as he foot was looking a little worse for wear. All the team and his family were along side to see him through this!
Gee Atherton comes over to see what all the fuss was about. It was really unclear what had happened at the time, all anyone knew was there something wrong and it wasn't good.
It all got a little emotional for Rachel Atherton as she didn't know whether to to be happy or sad...so she cried instead. All the mixed feelings floating around the finish area really gave it an odd feel to the end of the race, people were rushing around assisting Josh, whilst others celebrated Gee's victory. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/42_audio_01.mp3"]"
But Gee had done it, in a wild unexpected turn of events that saw him achieve a massive goal for him this year after the World Cup season didn't go so much to plan. Openly concerned about Ratboy, you couldn't help but smile about the fact that he just won the World Championships. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/43_audio_01.mp3"]"
Atherton Racing's Tom Lloyd capturing the Instabangers as Gee Atherton goes up to collect his medal and stripes.
Another first for Worlds, never before has a podium been done with only 2 of the riders. Injured Josh Bryceland was unable to make it to the podium as he was shipped off to hospital with suspected broken bones! Gee Atherton standing proud on the top step, another podium for the Brits!
The podium lacking that sense of comedy that Ratboy brings to it as Gee and Troy get messy with the champagne!
Your two British winners, Manon Carpenter and Gee Atherton hold the gold. From 6 Elite podium places the Brits took home 5 of them. Not bad but those Junior places need to be filled next year.
Gee Atherton puts that medal around his neck for the second time since 2008 where in a similar turn of events that saw Sam Hill crash leaving the opening for Gee to win.
Steve Peat concerned about his little Rat but confident that he is okay and in safe hands. Josh is tough guy, but when you see him hurting, you know it's going to be sore int he morning. A subdued atmosphere as the partying kicks off, closing off another year at World Champs.
So there we have it, that concludes the action here in World Champs and that ticks off one hell of a season of racing bikes. It couldn't have ended on any more of a roller coaster ride of emotions, in the the end it couldn't have been more exciting.
Manon Carpenter and Gee Atherton hold their medals. The UK took 5 of the 6 available Elite medals in Norway 2014.
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Good morning and welcome to the final day of the 2014 World Championships here in Hajfell, Norway! With the cloud sheeting the valley, the sun didn't really make an appearance, perfect conditions to get out racing. The track was bone dry and the dust was primed for what turned out to be one hell of an action packed day!
Start time check early this morning in preparation for the big run. It all starts here, from the fine details to the big finale!
It wasn't long before the crowds were assembling and the racing started. Lets go, World Champs 2014!
The early bout of practice was enough to send Danny off to bed for a few more hours before his race run in the afternoon. Feeling strong he was looking forward to pushing hard. He is a man that could do really well on the track here!
The Juniors were up first with their finals run. Two possible favourites to win here, Martin Maes and Taylor Vernon of GT.
Ragot's ride but no Ragot. After a crash in yesterday timed practice, she put an end to her chances of winning a set of stripes! She sure would have had a good chance of being up there too!
The bright colour of Manon's Saracen could be seen from quite a distance. Dry tyres and big gears for this track was all you needed...oh and a powerful grip for the bone shaking track.
Brook Mac eagerly awaiting his last big run of the year. He was able to do himself proud today as he rounded out the top 5 positions, showing that he is getting over his shoulder injury and looking to come charging into next season.
Not a huge number of Junior women, four to be more precise, but this girl, Tegan Molloy, has proven World Cup round after round that she can ride a bike. With recent pressure from a couple of upcoming French ladies, Tegan had to fend them off in her first place run today.
The first champion to be crowned this weekend as the Aussie Junior, Tegan Molloy takes her first ever World Championship title. That medal will sit nicely next to her World Cup overall trophy too!
The young Aussie, Max Warshawsky, surprised himself today with a top run that saw him finish 4th overall in his first ever World Champs!
Another Aussie rider that put down a top result was Aiden Varley who put together a 7th place run in the Juniors.
British rider Neil Stewart suffered the same fate as Taylor Vernon, they both crashed out in their race runs. No second chances at Worlds, it's all or nothing and the price for mistakes are high!
Martin Maes' run didn't go so much to plan, he was one of many Juniors riders that either crashed out or picked up a puncture. A burp out of his front tyre left him a little deflated for the final sector of the track. His ideas of upsetting the DH scene didn't go to plan as they had in Fort William at the start of the year.
Nervous going into his run, Laurie Greenland had to shut all the excitement of Worlds out to focus on his run. A slow top section meant he had to make some serious time up in the bottom. Pushing through he crossed the line and into 2nd place here today. A top end to his first real season racing World level DH.
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HAFJELL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
This season of World Cup downhill has seen some amazing racing, the sport has developed for the riders and delivered for the fans. This could well be the most successful year for riders from these shores. It's not incomprehensible that we have this much talent in the UK but what was incomprehensible from this World Champs is the missing root level support.
Without going into the details we should have had more Junior riders in Norway, the likes of Manon Carpenter, Gee Atherton, Josh Bryceland, Rachel Atherton, Tahnee Seagrave and Laurie Greenland have proven we have the talent but this hasn't been supported by our governing body. We should have every medal contender at World Champs and hopefully British Cycling have seen this now and will send a full roster of riders to Andorra.
We all know World Champs is an exciting one with everything coming down to a few minutes of concentrated effort in the hope of walking away with five coloured stripes and the pride of winning.
The track in Norway is a tough one, it's rough, harsh and takes no prisoners, this weekend it sent a few to hospital and put an end to the dreams of countless others. The big guns were firing but many were off target, Emmeling Ragot had a crash that resulted in a broken wrist the day before finals. She will have been gutted to miss out on World Champs but this could be a bad way to finish her career, there are rumours floating that Ragot is hanging up her goggles in downhill but we don't know anything for sure.
But putting together a faultless run and showing why he is the n
Opening the proceedings were the Juniors and the shadow of Meribel hung low over Luca Shaw who wanted to make up for letting the overall slip to France's Loris Vergier. It wasn't to be for Luca and Loris held it together to take the win. Taylor Vernon and team mate Martin Maes were set to light up the track but a crash for Vernon and a burped front tyre for Martin left them out of the running. It was the UK's Laurie Greenland and Ireland's Jacob Dickson (of the Orange Dirt Team) who took the other two medals home. For Laurie it was a great result even if he wanted to nail the title and for Jacob he couldn't believe what had happened. We are hoping for more of the same from the little ripper next year.
In a really turn of fate, Manon raises her arms in victory, know
Riding high on confidence is a big part of this sport, the mental game is where it's won and lost at the highest level. Manon Carpenter linked together a run that was collected and smooth. She took the top spot from Tahnee Seagrave who has excelled in her first year in Elite and she was only knocked out of the hot seat by fellow Brits. It was Manon who slipped into first place with only Atherton to come down the hill. Crossing the line the lights were red for Rachel and Manon threw her arms aloft, winning the World Champs just weeks after lifting the overall trophy in Meribel Manon rode a wave to the end of her biggest season so far. Three British women filled the podium in Hafjell and proved that the UK has the best of global DH talent.
But Gee had done it, in a wild unexpected turn of events that sa
The Men's race was one surprise after another, some big riders went down, others just didn't have the gas and one man, Neko Mulally went into the hot seat only to be knocked off by the fastest three and he did all that with no chain!
Sik Mik Hannah had been looking quick but ended up on the deck, fastest in Timed Training and looking to hold onto three Worlds in a row Greg Minnaar also crashed out hitting a tree hard with his shoulder. Danny Hart slipped out losing a chunk of time and Sam Hill had a massive over the bars in the final rock garden that put him out after turning the early splits green. Josh Bryceland was on for the win until it came to the last jump. Riding the same relaxed wave that took Manon to the win Josh was about to snatch the win to go with his overall and National Champs title when it all went wrong. Misjudging the wooden bridge jump Josh landed to flat and blew his pedal. Badly breaking his ankle it was his race over and going by Twitter this morning he has had surgery to repair multiple breaks and dislocations. Heal up fast Ratboy!
The man on the day was Gee Atherton, after a disappointing season Gee took the win and made it his second World Champs title. We could have been looking at another full British podium but Troy Brosnan upset the UK reign and took third. Even with Josh's crash he still made second which proves he was on track to beat Gee but this is Worlds and anything can happen.
So that's it, another season of downhill done and dusted. It's been a roller coaster and a season that has turned a new leaf in the story of World Cup racing. The new breed are alive and battling with their mentors and heroes, next season will see some team changes and no doubt another year of cracking action. A huge thanks has to be given to Laurence Crossman-Emms for bringing us these amazing galleries and we will be paying homage to his work soon on the site.
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