Australia has finished with nine downhill riders in the top 10 on the final day of competition at the 2017 UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Queensland on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Hannah (QLD) claimed silver, behind Loic Bruni (FRA) with Aaron Gwin (USA) finishing with bronze.
However the green and gold dominated the elite men top ten with Jack Moir (NSW) fourth, Troy Brosnan (SA) fifth and Sam Hill (WA) sixth.
For Hannah top of the podium was snatched by the Frenchman by .339 of a second.
“Obviously it hurts. My goal was to win this race. I’ve been second at world champs four times now. I’ll be back again next year and try and win in Switzerland and if not then try and win in Mont Sainte Anne.”
“Right from the rock garden where the crowd is allowed to get to, all the way down they were screaming.”
The Aussies fans had plenty to cheer for as Moir’s fourth capped off a massive 2017.
“Pretty happy with how the year turned out considering the last couple of years with injury so I’d like to say I’m back,” Moir said.
“Aussies absolutely killed it.”
Five time world champion Hill showed he was still a force, holding on to the hot seat as 45 riders came and went until Hannah ascended onto the top seat.
For Brosnan, who would be last down the hill, it wouldn’t be the season ending he’d hoped for.
“I really wanted to win and get a medal so it’s a bit hard to swallow that straight away. But riding for Australia with massive support has been amazing,” the South Australian said.
A boil over in the elite women with Miranda Miller (CAN) claiming her first ever world championship win defeating Myriam Nicole (FRA) and local favourite Tracey Hannah (QLD).
A crash in the top section scuppered the hopes of a home town victory, but the Cairns rider put in a massive ride to ensure she was on the podium in front of family and friends.
“The goal was to win, but I never said I would walk away with the rainbow jersey.”
“Crashes happen and it happened to me today and it happened to a lot of people the track was hard.”
Like the men there were plenty of Australian women also in the top 10 with Danielle Beecroft (NSW) fifth and Sian A’hern (NSW) 9th.
“I don’t understand how that happened. My run was so sweet, dialled and just an incredible result,” Beecroft said after the race.
While it was also a big result for A’hern racing for the first time in elite.
“I’m so excited. I was conservative the whole way down but pushed hard enough to have smooth fast run,” said the Queanbeyan local.
“I was pretty stoked to have read the list of [Aussie] people cause I don’t remember ever when there was a full field of women selected,” Hannah commented during the post race media conference.
In the junior men, Ben Zwar (VIC) produced his best ever result in only his second world championships with a sixth place.
“I’m pretty overwhelmed and I wanted to try and get a top 10 worlds, can’t describe how I feel,” Zwar said.
Four other Australians finished inside the top 15.
While Ellie Smith (NSW) racing at her first world championship managed to snag a fifth placing.
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