No points, no strategy, no time to conserve. The World Championships present a one day race where the winner takes all.
Lenzerheide World Champs served as the closing chapter to an unforgettable year of downhill racing for racers and fans a like.
A perfect close to a dream season, Vali Höll captured her first World Championship in Lenzerheide with potentially many more to come.
Not a bad way to end your junior career; Kade Edwards showed his true potential in Switzerland, delivering an incredible run to capture an elusive set of rainbow stripes.
There was only one result Tahnee Seagrave wanted in Lenzerheide and it wasn’t 2nd place. More fuel for the fire? 2019 is going to be a good one.
1st place by almost 10 seconds; Rachel Atherton used Lenzerheide to put her stamp on the 2018 season.
Rumored to be carrying an injury, Troy Brosnan was not at his best come race day, having to settle for 9th place, and wait another year to chase those elusive rainbow stripes.
Once you’ve captured those elusive stripes three times, anything less than that will not suffice. 2018 was a year Greg Minnaar will most likely want to forget, but he didn’t become the Greatest Of All Time for nothing. Watch out 2019.
A quiet day for the American racer but as the 2018 season wraps up we can be sure of one thing, he has the speed to win.
Up at the split until a mistake cost him valuable tenths, Loris Vergier laid it all out there on Sunday; 4th place for the Santa Cruz Syndicate rider.
Having won on this track before back in 2016, Danny Hart knew he was capable of great things again this weekend. Out the gate in his typical aggressive style, Hart gave it everything he had, coming up just short and landing in the bronze medal position, less than a second from the win.
A long sit in the hot seat had many wondering whether an Enduro racer was about to become Downhill World Champion. Only bested by one man, Maes had to settle for silver in Switzerland. The interest for him to race full time DH in 2019 is certainly growing..
After a year of French domination most were calling for a frenchman to win the 2018 World Championships, the question was which one would it be. Come Sunday afternoon one crashed, one bobbled, and one stood supreme. Loic Bruni, your 2018 Elite Men’s Downhill World Champion.
Photos: Sven Martin