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2013 World Championships Warm-Up Slideshow

<b>In South Africa, it's easy to be distracted by all these fancy World Champs bikes, so we thought we'd bring you deal of the century. For 100 Rand ($10) you can pick up a trusty steed like this one.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Skid-proof tires are not in the realm of the budget.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>You do get what you pay for, however.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Tonight ended with the premiere of Gary Perkin's and Greg Minnaar's One Life video, Greg's road to the 2013 World Champs. It was quite a treat to get such a glimpse into the early years of Greg's life, ending on the eve of one of his biggest weekends of racing.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg and Gary introducing One Life.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Gary and Sven. Old friends discussing Greg Minnaar and Perkin's new film. Beer in hand, as is customary with most media conversations.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Theo Ngubane. What up World. Welcome to South Africa.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Theo Ngubane is from Kayamandi township in Stellenbosch near Cape Town. Theo is a product of the BMX and cross-country sports development initiative, songo.info, a charity set up by Christoph Sauser.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>First day traveling to PMB with the Parkin Bros, Africa-style. All sorts to be seen from burned out houses and aged women selling their wares on street corners.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Single ply Maxxis prototype tire on Minnaar's whip as Greg talks about being the local information booth.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mark Fitzsimmons dialing in Minnaar's prototype Fox coil rear shock.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Putting the finishing touches on Minnaar's Fox 40.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>When it's winter in South Africa but still 32-degrees C, this bike is the most popular bike in town. The Ice Cream man delivers.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The top of the DH track looks like Mars. A hot, dry winter is going to make the track firm and slippery.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Cloud 9 section with a steep, straight chute section or a smooth, flowy bermed section.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Atherton's are running a power meter on day 1 of DH practice to measure power and and track cadence on crucial sections of the course.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>256 is a special number for Sam Blenkinsop. When he won the World Cup downhill in Schladming in 2008, that was his number plate. His registration at the race had been misplaced and instead of his original number, they gave him 256. Here's to it working again!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Today the first World Champ medals were handed out in the team XC relay. Where it was Italy, France and Germany going 1,2, 3. Lea Davison from the USA in the golden light.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Three-time Elite World Champ, Sam Hill, with his thoughts on the track.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>(Luca Shaw's father in audio) Those infamous jumps aren't getting any smaller. This is the *easiest* first one!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Course maintainence staff are clearly enjoying their hours working on the track. Not sure a rider will be smiling if they collide with this stump though!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Dean Lucas in the green and gold during some mid-day golden light. There is no clear favorite in the Junior class with so many different winners this season thus far, but Deano is certainly at the top of the list.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jill is smiling and happy to make it here after a long journey. She has podiumed here before and with a bad run too, so we've got our eyes on her this weekend.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>(Josh Bryceland in audio) They should call this jump the Marlboro Man with all the cracks on the leather-tough exterior.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Lapierre Junior, Loris Vergier, rode practice today and gives Ragot some tips and advice on sections of the track that Aaron Bartlett filmed.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>(Luca Shaw in audio) See those trees in the middle right? 18 months ago they were barely saplings. Now they hide the long, flat pedaly section.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Eish. Search for it on YouTube...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Filip Polc is quite the world traveller, often preferring the hotter southern hemi climates. #VanDineApproved</b> -Sven Martin

<b>There still is a proper DH track here, despite all you hear.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Minnaar dislodges some protruding, loose rock near the end of a 27-meter table top. You don't want to be landing on that after a near ninety-foot case.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Local flavor.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Local flavor part 2.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>So this would have been the angle from which Sven shot multiple scrub photos off a berm-to-jump. In just one year we have this many trees. The track is now nearly completely blocked out of view!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>No dust here. Just fresh, unpacked dirt, primed for destroying by the world's fastest tomorrow.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Dust, awesome light and interesting sponsors. The media train makes its way down the hill. This section looked gnarlier than ever!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>These two seem destined to be crossing paths all week. Gee Atherton and Greg Minnaar, sizing up of course sections and competition.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>We will leave you with a clue and a glimpse of what Steve Smith will be running tomorrow. A purpose-built PMB killer. All we can say right now is that this is a reduced-travel Boxxer. The next pic will give you another clue. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>A little sneaky Stevie secret weapon...See you tomorrow!</b> -Sven Martin

Riders and teams descend on Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for the 2013 UCI World Championships of Mountain Biking where hot, dry weather has been baking the region for some time. The downhill course is long and rough, but also has a vicious pedaling section which is playing mind games with many about bike setup and equipment choice. Pietermaritzburg is also home of the current World Champion, Greg Minnaar. While he's trying to focus on racing, he's involuntarily playing local tour guide as the week of racing begins in South Africa. Sven Martin and Duncan Philpott bring you the action like no others can!

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