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.
Men's Geek Stats Gallery:
Talk about tight! Some predicted the first split rock garden would be a big factor in the race win, but couldn't be more wrong. The top 16 riders at this point are all within a second of each other after 40 seconds of racing. Bruni starts off his title defence strongly by winning it but he doesn't have much breathing room over Hart or Vergier.
Check out Phil Atwill and Jerome Caroli, both have super strong start splits, way above where you might and expect and above where they would eventually finish. Greenland, Minnaar and Walker will all end up in the top ten but are about a second back at this point with lots of work to do.
Angel Suarez flies in split 2 - the boy was on absolute flier of a run and, had he not crashed further down, he could well have posted the break out result he's been threatening for so long. He pulls out a quarter of a second on the steep top turns and leaves Vergier Hart and Lucas trailing in his wake.
This is Bruni's worst section as posts ninth and loses nearly a second.
Split 2 - state of play
We're halfway through the race now and Hart and Vergier are separated by less than a tenth at the top. Suarez hustles his way to third, ahead even of team mate Gwin. Bruni slips back to his lowest spot of the whole race, fifth, Maes is just behind him as both of them prepare to open the afterburners.
Split 3 is another tight one but you can really see the gaps starting to open up between the fastest guys here. Vergier takes it from Bruni with Angel Suarez way up there again. Maes and Fearon are neck and neck in fourth and fifth.
Back down the grid, Gwin has his worst split and loses over a second.
Split 3 - state of play
With half a second's lead on a track this tight, you'd be forgiven for thinking the race was in the bag for Vergier at this point. There's less than a hundredth between Bruni and Suarez in the battle for second too.
Hart and Gwin both drop back 2 places, Gwin falls outside the top five for the only time this race. Fearon moves up to seventh after a great split but it's the highest place he'll hold all race and he struggles at the bottom of the track.
It's a great split for the Brits with three of them in the top five fastest over this 30 second section. Hart just sneaks it ahead of Bruni while Maes leads out Walker and Greenland.
Leading up until this point, Vergier stalls in the woods and loses more than 1.5 on Bruni. Suarez is no where to be seen either on this split, it's before his live stream crash so we assume he must have made another mistake before that.
Split 4 - state of play
Vergier drops to fourth and Suarez to sixth so Bruni, Hart and Maes now make up the top three. The final split is the shortest so you wouldn't expect this to change but Lenzerheide has another joker in the pack yet.
Maes' enduro conditioning see him grab a last-ditch split in the charge to the line. Minnaar is right on his tail and Vergier recovers from his disaster in split four to take third.
Hart and Bruni both post the exact same time, while Bruni has enough of a lead to fall back on, it will cost Hart his second place.
It all falls into place with just 0.3 separating the top three. Maes leapfrogs Hart while Bruni holds on to win his third World Champs.
Minnaar is the big winner, rising from 13th to eighth on the last split alone.
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Women's Geek Stats Gallery:
Talk about setting the tone for a race. Split 1 is only 50 seconds long and already Rachel Atherton has managed to put 3 seconds into the chasing pack. Split 1 includes the infamous Lenzerheide rock garden and Rachel's pace through here is astounding, visibly faster than any other female.
Beyond Rachel's heroics, the top 5 is starting to identify itself early and there's a clear gap between Tracey in 5th and Siegenthaler in 6th.
Rachel continues her demolition of the field into Split 2, she's gone over 3 seconds faster than Tahnee again and is truly on another level.
The top 5 is getting more congested. Cabirou has a flyer through this sector and goes faster than both Myriam Nicole and Tracey Hannah while Tahnee strengthens her second-place standing at this stage.
State of Play - Split 2
Look at that spread. Over just two sectors and 97 seconds of racing, Rachel has stormed into a 6-second lead. Tahnee is chasing coat-tails at this point and Rachel is continuing to gather pace.
The top 5 has established itself with Katy Curd, currently 6th, already almost 4 seconds behind Tracey in 5th. Marine Cabirou is having the ride of her life and at the mid-way point is breathing down Myriam's neck in the hunt for a medal.
The closest split yet. Rachel takes it but Myriam is flying, in fact, she beats Tahnee through this third sector by over a second. This is where Tahnee stacked it in qualifying and it looks like she's playing it safe.
Morgan Charre lays down a blazing sector to go 5th fastest, slotting in between Cabirou and Hannah, who is falling further off the pace as the race continues.
State of Play - Split 3
Rachel has basically got 9 fingers on the rainbow stripes at this point. She's 8.5 seconds in the lead and on her way to one of the most historic race runs in World Champs history.
The top 5 continues to separate itself from the rest of the field. Tahnee's poor third sector has opened the door for Myriam and she's charging, just 2 tenths of a second back having made up a second in split 3.
Unsurprisingly, Rachel goes fastest yet again. There's not much to be said about her at this stage, it's better to just sit back and admire what is unfolding.
Myriam has bested Tahnee yet again, she has come alive on the lower sectors but is it too little too late? Cabirou has a nightmare sector, she's beaten by both Hubscher and Siegenthaler. Tracey's hopes of a medal are fading fast too, she's over a second back on Tahnee.
State of Play - Split 4
Rachel has an unassailable 9-second lead. She can crash at this stage and still win, in fact, the commentators are already crowning her World Champion.
Myriam and Tahnee are locked in a battle for second place, Myriam's performance on the lower sectors has seen her overtake Tahnee and she looks destined for the silver medal. Cabirou's poor last sector has allowed Tracey back into the hunt for 4th
Enter Tahnee Seagrave. She smokes the final sector, just 5 hundredths of a second back on Rachel but, more importantly, almost a second up on Myriam.
Cabirou has another poor sector and has lost much of the pace that she was carrying on the upper part of the track, Tracey has beaten her through this sector by half a second.
The Finish Spread
Rachel Atherton has won every sector. Untouchable, she's humbled the rest of the field and reminded the World just how fast she is. When it truly mattered, she has put almost ten seconds into Tahnee and cemented herself as both World Cup overall champion and World Champion.
Tahnee's final sector was just enough to keep her ahead of Myriam and, for the first time in 4 years, she has finished a World Champs run and secured a medal. Myriam is comfortably third, with 5 seconds to spare.
Despite Cabirou's lower splits, her performance up top was enough to fend off Tracey but by the slimmest of margins, she's taken 4th by just 3 thousandths of a second. Tracey rounds out the podium, 5 seconds up on 6th place Siegenthaler