Rainbows in the rain? Right, this is what happens when you win two World Championships in the pouring rain! It was truly an amazing day in Champery, here is what went down:
As soon as the downhill finals started, it started raining. And it kept raining, and then some more. Here a canadian junior racer is still stoked, despite being completely covered in mud. That's the spirit!
With the rain came the good news! Here SRAM's best man in Australia, Rob Eva, wheels Troy Brosnan's World Championship winning bike back to the SRAM truck.
While we were waiting for little Tory to show up, Jaroslav Kulhavy came by. The 2011 XC World Champion (and World Cup champion!) was stoked and thankful for his 2011 season, and so were we!
And here is your 2011 junior downhill World Champion, Troy Brosnan!!!
As the DH finals were underway, the crowd kept building up. Awesome to see such a huge fan turnout, even in the bad weather.
And when we say bad, we mean BAD. This is how it looked like as the top 5 men were coming down the course. Extreme, gnarly, you name it.
Danny Hart of Giant Factory Racing came down with three riders to go, smashing the previous leading time by 11 second. With one last guy on course, here is how nervous Danny was in the hot seat. So close...
This is the exact moment when Danny realized he had just become the 2011 downhill World Champion. He could barely believe what was happening...
...but this were the facts. An amazing victory, absolute domination.
This muddy and proud gentleman is Danny's dad. He rushed over the finish area to hug his son, and this is the result. We bet he will never wash that shirt again.
The party at the SRAM truck started right away, and when Danny showed up with his number 1 bike it became just epic: here the new World Champion poses with the SRAM crew!
And here is Troy Brosnan with his proud parents, team manager, and the full SRAM crew!
As we wrap up this World Championships it's hard to believe how good this was...five World Champion titles, Boxxer Worlds, the new amazing race truck...this could be one of the best World Champs ever for SRAM!