Five stripes. That's what distinguishes the greats of our sport, a badge of honour emblazoned on the jersey of World Championship winners for life. In Lenzerheide, history was made as Loic Bruni and Rachel Atherton delivered performances that cemented themselves amongst the illustrious club of multiple-time winners.

Loic Bruni became just the fifth man to retain the title of World Champion, a feat last performed by Greg Minnaar in 2012/13. He also became just the third man to achieve victory three times, joining the likes of Greg Minnaar and Sam Hill. At 24, he is now 4 victories behind the imperious Nico Vouilloz and represents the first credible challenge to Vouilloz's record. 

In the women's, Rachel Atherton dismantled the most competitive women's field in recent memory to clinch victory by almost ten seconds ahead of compatriot Tahnee Seagrave. The win marked her fifth elite World Champs win and sixth including her Junior medal. Victory compounds her position as the second most successful female in World Championship history, it also serves as a reminder of just how incredible Anne Caroline-Chausson's 9 victories are. Can she ever be toppled?

Though the outcomes were identical, Bruni and Atherton's races couldn't have been more disparate. The men's race was the tightest of the year and also one of the tightest in World Champs history; the top 3 separated by just over 0.3 seconds - that makes it even tighter than Canberra 2009, where Mick Hannah's third place saw him 0.7 back. Meanwhile, Rachel delivered arguably the most authoritative run we've witnessed in pursuit of Gold since Danny in Champery, truly embracing the all-or-nothing nature of World Champs.

As for the machinery - four 27.5 inch carbon bikes took golds, four 27.5 inch carbon bikes took silvers while 29ers could only manage two bronze medals... make of that what you will.

We've broken down just where the race was won and lost and how the Champs earned their stripes.