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The 2011 UCI World Champions of mountain biking are underway in Champery, Switzerland. Featuring one of the steepest and most technical downhill courses of the year, Vital MTB will bring you all the incredible action as racers battle for the renowned title of World Champion. 840 racers from 49 countries are present in Champery as competition for all major mountain bike disciplines takes place throughout the week. Stay tuned for downhill and 4X photos, videos and slideshows from the 2011 World Championships.

Sven and Gary shut down the season with incredible photos and videos from one of downhill mountain biking's greatest races.

Photo Gallery: Vanja's World Championships Pics
Vital MTB member, Vanja, sent through a great photo gallery from Champery.

Still can't believe it! Watch this!

Freecaster comes through with a short recap of the 4X, including the big crash in the Men's final.

Hart, Brosnan, Ragot, and Carpenter light up the rain soaked course and become World Champions!

Can't afford the live broadcast? This is your next best bet for race updates.

Hours remain before the 2011 World Championship downhill event and the tension is rising. What will tomorrow bring?

The Parkin Bros are back in action and we couldn't be more grateful. Check out the missing piece of this week's coverage.

SLIDESHOW: 4X Finals and DH Timed Runs
An amazing day of gravity action took place in Champery as Anneke Beerten and Michal Prokop took 4X World Championships and downhill riders got their first glimpse of times on course.

Warner and Rankin talk with the big dogs after timed DH training.

Prokop and Beerten earn their stripes. Full results available here.

Gwin crushes it during the unofficial practice race.

SLIDESHOW: 4X Qualifying and Downhill Training in the Mud
4X qualifying proved to be tricky as some top names struggle with mechanicals and the technical track. Downhill training continued with muddy conditions that resembled the fabled 2007 World Cup.

Prokop and Buhl take the top spots. Graves and Slavik both have issues.

An interesting recap of the season leading up to World Champs.

SLIDESHOW: 4X & Downhill Training Continue
Sam Hill speaks, the riders get their first taste of the 4X course and the tension builds in Champery

VIDEO: LiMiT TV Downhill Practice Video
Finally some downhill riding action from World Champs!

VIDEO: MTBcut Champery Helmet Cam
Winner of the first Champery DH World Cup, Matti Lehikoinen takes you for a ride down the course.

SLIDESHOW: Downhill Training Session #1
Sam Hill returns, carbon bikes flying around, Tracy Moseley riding XC and mountains so big you couldn't throw a football over 'em. Viva la World Champs!

VIDEO: Dirt TV World Champs Chit Chat #2
Billy gets the riders on the mic to see how they survived the steepest downhill race track in 14 milleniums...the Champery track!

Sven and Gary barely had time to cool down before things heated back up. Pre-race, pre-practice goods from Champery. IT'S ON!

Video: Day 1 Chit Chat from Dirt TV
Some of the heavies like Fairclough, Fabien and Hart talk about the steepest downhill track in World Champs history.

2011 World Champs Event Schedule
There's a lot that goes on at the UCI Mountain Bike World Champs, but we've highlighted all the events that a Vital MTBer would care for in this custom schedule.

Vital Exclusive: Builder's Perspective, 2011 World Champs 4X Course
The builders of the World Champs 4X track in Champery take you through their course development and construction processes.

Video: 2011 World Championship Downhill Course Helmet Cam
Take a ride down the steep and aggressive Champery downhill course with this helmet cam video.

2011 World Championship Team Selections and Rider List
Want to know which riders were selected for their country to compete at World Champs? Then you should check out this list.

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