TURNING UP THE HEAT! Junior Downhill Racing and Elite Training Slideshow from World Champs 9

<b>Fastest on the day and by a considerable margin, Richie Rude mixed with the other Juniors for the first time this season and came out a World Champion. His maturity from racing with the Elite men showed in a smooth, consistent run.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Richie Rude can relax now that his first big goal has been checked off.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tahnee Seagrave has been waiting a long time for this moment. She took the Junior Women's win with a comfortable margin, too.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>It was two years in the making, Tahnee Seagrave is now Junior Women's World Champion. British coach, Will Longden in audio.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Winning gold does not come without many hours of practice and dedication, as these hands bear testament.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Hill flew into the gully with wild abandon, clearly not worried about the consequences. He is looking like one of the fastest riders out there for sure. Is Sam the only flat pedal rider left here?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The medium-sized wheels have not dampened Blenki's unique and wild style. He is loving the speeds and the feel of the bike.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Blenkinsop, holy sh#t speed!</b>

<b>The Giant team is one of those choosing to run dropper posts. Although the pedal has been changed this year, they still believe the posts can pay off.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Local countryman, Andrew Neethling, silhouetted against the in-coming weather front. Making his way to the large tabletops, which he cleared a little over-zealously earlier in the day.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Remi Remi Remi. That is all. #boss</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Ben Hill after his run. Worlds is draining both physically and emotionally. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mick Hannah is tucked everywhere here in PMB. Death gripping where no one else is and tucking could be a recipe for a win.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Loris Vergier, fastest first split but then steadily lost over 5-seconds to Richie for the remainder of the run. Strong result for Lapierre and the first-year Junior with many years ahead.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Daniella Beecroft grits it home for 2nd place in Junior Women. Full death grip sprint for the line. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tiaan Odendaal is another fast and stylish South African riding in the Elites.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Another day on the big wheels and another day where Mitch Ropelato has survived on carbon XC rims with a tubeless single ply set up.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Brook MacDonald looking like his shoulder is not bothering him. The young Kiwi was on it today. TWR teammate Greg Williamson, however, is out with a broken collar bone.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>NOT SLOW!</b>

<b>Look carefully for Gee's shadow. He is above the rocks. In fact he completely clears the entire rock garden from beginning to end. Carrying speed on this track will take you places. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rachel Atherton and Dan Brown, team director, discussing line options into the rocks that Gee just gaps.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Peat's jersey has turned up now, so he's exploding dust all over the place and looking badass while doing it.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The line Josh is doing here is pretty unique. A quick hop down the inside cuts out a lot of time in this section, but whether or not it carries valuable speed into the jumps is questionable.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Danny vs Bryceland, then Sam and Needles. #WTF</b>

<b>Marc Beaumont looking stylish in the new forest that did not exist last year. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jared Rando, long time Aussie pro, is here giving back as coach to the Aussie team. He discusses the big tabletops with BMX World Champ Caroline Buchanan.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Aaron Gwin in the fastest part of the track, floating into the gully.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg Minnaar in front of some of the One Life Crew who are permanently posted trackside near the big tables. Most riders struggle to clear this jump, Greg just toys with it. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Morgane Charre running the number one plate will be hoping to defend her title here on Sunday as her switch to clips clearly shows. I thought I'd never see it. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Martin Kirchner burns the midnight oil during the rain after DH practice.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The last few runs of the day and riders hit the pits in near darkness with water-splashed helmets on a track 10-minutes away from turning into an ice rink.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Trains of riders are not uncommon. Pompon following Siegenthaler following Pugin. The jumps prove challenging for the women and leading each other in can help with tackling them.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Casey Brown is on the bigger wheels, as stylish as ever. They don't seem to be holding the Canadian back.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Not many photographers take the risk of lying next to the fastest part of the track with the potential of a lethal collision. Sven does what it takes to get the goods. #silverbackaintscared</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A lone course sweep opens the track early in the hazy morning light. On Saturday, this takes place at 7am and the session runs only long enough to allow a single practice run.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The mist started to roll in towards the end of practice, along with the rain.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Within a few minutes the weather had closed in to the jumps, reducing visibilty significantly. Blenki (not pictured) in audio.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Greg Minnaar, heaps of pressure, but heaps of talent. If he takes the victory, Pietermaritzburg may implode on itself with excitement.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A wild Junior Women's podium.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Another day brought to a close by hitching a ride with Truter and co. One Life! STAY TUNE FOR MORE ACTION FROM SOUTH AFRICA!</b> -Sven Martin

RIchie Rude and Tahnee Seagrave take the first 2013 Downhill World Championships in the Junior classes today in South Africa. The Elite riders deal with some misty, miserable conditions at the end of practice and most riders seem in good spirits with the race still a day away. Enjoy the stellar photo action and interviews from Sven Martin and Duncan Philpott.

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  • iMountainBike

    9/3/2013 10:49 AM

    So Good, 90 km into the Gully...

  • lochhead1

    8/31/2013 2:32 PM

    Danny and Needles, well funny!

  • Mr. P

    8/31/2013 10:34 AM

    Is there a UCI rain cloud that makes it way to every race?


  • JohnnyK

    8/31/2013 4:52 AM

    awesome shots

  • Acadian

    8/31/2013 3:21 AM

    Is it Sunday yet?
    BTW - didn't Sam start the week riding clips?

  • Van Cuz

    8/31/2013 12:14 AM

    Thanks for the sweet coverage!

  • rossgo

    8/30/2013 11:47 PM

    fantastic photos. didn't want it to stop

  • Ian Collins

    8/30/2013 10:56 PM

    Killing it guys!!!....I think I need a 300mm Sven

  • general lee

    8/31/2013 9:50 AM

    Yeah, so does Sven unfortunately.

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