Sunday, September 6, 2009

MTB World Championships - Stromlo, Canberra.

As you may or may not know, the UCI MTB and Trials World Championship were held in Canberra over the weekend. I was lucky enough to score the full three days worth of tickets free from Liam so I made the most of the event and headed out after work on the Friday night to enjoy the 4X.

The atmosphere was fantastic as the trailside filled with people and the lights came into action.

Before you knew it, the riders erupted from the gates.

Australia was lucky enough to score gold in both mens and womens!!! (Graves and Buchannan).

The next day was the x-country. Two hours of pain for the riders on what was a very technical and challenging trail. We fueled up on beer to get us through the ordeal of walking round the mountain.

France (Absolom) and Switzerland (Schurter) fought each other for the entire race, with Swizerland taking the win.

Sunday was the downhill, or judging by the fact that Commodores outnumbered Subarus in the car park for once, the 'day of the bogan'. Another great spectacle and a great opportunity to get the flash out and take some nice actions shots.

Steve Peat finally managed to take the champion jersey after so much effort. Even though he's a pom everyone was stoked.

Tim convinced me to head down to the trials to see some of the freakery. It was astonishing as usual.

Not likely that Australia will get the worlds again in the next decade so it was great to be able to see it. I feel the competitive motivation coming back........