2012 4X World Champions Crowned and Timed DH Runs in Leogang 6

<b>Mick Hannah went the fastest today in timed DH runs and wondered where everyone else was.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Mick Hannah, blasting bigger than anyone else in this chicane...GNARLY!</b> -John Reynolds

<b>Roger Rinderknecht saw his chance to squeeze through the crash between David Graf and Tomas Slavik and became 4X World Champion today.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Anneke Beerten in the 4X final. It was a race to the first corner but she safely came out in front after no-braking the turn and stayed there. It's not magic, it's earned. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Smith hucking for Canada, but still one of the quickest today. 2nd place by only .5 with a bobble up top. </b> -Sven Martin

Rob Warner in audio. <b>Greg Minnaar leaned over and railing ruts. It's anybody's race tomorrow and Greg knows it.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Aaron Gwin, servo focusing the next corner.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Justin and Aaron contemplate what has to be done tomorrow before one last track walk.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Emmeline Ragot buzzing her tire on the big drop into the finish. Quickest woman today in timed DH runs.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Markus Pekoll, waiting to pounce...it's his territory.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Loic Bruni, taking high line and smashing the Juniors.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Peaty's troops from the UK. 13th fastest time today for the 20 year World Champs veteran. A podium finish by the legend tomorrow wouldn't surprise a soul.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>His last international DH race was back in 2007, but Claudio Calori is racing as if it was just yesterday. </b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>The award for second fastest junior today goes to Noel Niederberger, who looked like he was sitting slightly higher than the rest of the field!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Sam Blenkinsop, 7th today in timed runs.</b> -John Reynolds

<b>Sam Hill went inside of every corner and outside of every straight away.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Sam Hill, 32nd today. We expect more than a move up tomorrow.</b> -John Reynolds

<b>Bryn Atkinson, 16th at the timed session. Has the Bike Park taken all the pressure away? </b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>The flying banana returns from 2011 and Pugin put in a solid performance in seeding today. On a near 4-minute track there are plenty of opportunities to make up the one-second difference to Ragot.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Marc Beaumont was flying today, leaned over and committed in the awkward mud in practice. He was pulling some tear-offs in sketchy sections according to eye-witness accounts.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Suffering from back pains, Rachel Atherton skipped the whole of practice and simply broke the timing beam on her seeding run. The crowds waited expecting to see one of their favorites drop in.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Austrian child care</b> -Joe Bowman

<i>Myles Rockwell in audio</i>. <b>Gee Atherton warming up in low clouds. The lack of visibility didn't seem to bother the riders and the warm up spot seemed quite apt next to the sign reading *cyclist*.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>After polling a few seasoned members of the mountain biking community, Troy Brosnan seemed to be coming up trumps. Although his time may not reflect this, he assured me he took it easy and is saving all the beans for tomorrow!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The most dramatic heat in the 4X was the final with the two fastest qualifiers going down over the first jump. The crowd were really getting into things and I think their faces here show it!</b> -Duncan Philpott

Fox's Justin Frey in audio. <b>Only a few juniors were hitting this triple, Phil Atwill getting his boost on off a root!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Yea Baey! Fraser McGlone representing Great Britain and placing 3rd in Junior timed runs. Wet conditions are all too familiar in the Scottish Highlands and a wet finals would favor him.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Guess the rider? Despite the smaller amount of rain, the track was still muddy!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>We woke up to this. Seasons have changed here in the Alps, summer is on the way out.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Holly Feniak, would have been 5th today in Pro women. She was 11 seconds quicker than Seagrave, a good start to a promising career.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Holly Feniak into the wild and hoping for a top spot on the Junior Women's Podium on race day.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Andrew Neethling has been quick all week. He had a good top section, almost lost it on the bottom with a big mistake and can only go better tomorrow. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>When in Salzburg...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Early morning magic.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tomorrow after downhill is the real main event...BoXXer World Champs!!!!</b> -Sven Martin


Not a qualifer, not really a seeding run, but the first official timed runs for the 2012 World Championships in Leogang give the riders some perspective on speed. Mick Hannah and Emmeline Ragot went fastest while Roger Rinderknecht and Anneke Beerten secured World Championship wins in 4X.
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    9/2/2012 6:06 AM

    Bring back Juan Reynaldo, reynolds who

  • iceman2058

    9/2/2012 12:02 AM

    Damn Mick was committed to that line eh?

    Finals going to be EPIC.

  • hukta-FLATZ

    9/1/2012 11:56 PM

    im gona say that the rider with the muddy chain ring is either tb or sam hill..

  • dphilpott

    9/2/2012 11:05 AM

    Not quite!

  • rusty

    9/1/2012 11:16 PM

    Rennie with a 'tache watching 4x?

    Can't wait for finals, later. Cheers for the top notch coverage guys!

  • Mr. P

    9/1/2012 9:43 PM

    Yeah Mic! World Championships is always so wide open. Brooke, Steve, Greg... skill & luck. Looking forward to it.

    Dry or wet race day?


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