With the pressure of the world upon them, the world's best downhill riders headed to the top of the brutal Val di Sole track for the final time during the 2016 MTB World Championships weekend. The dry and deeply dusty course had seen a lot of changes over the previous few days and was blown-out come the big race, making the difficult track even more precarious.
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Bronze – Florent Payet (France)
Florent Payet continued his good season with an impressive third in Val di Sole. Starting after Laurie Greenland, the Frenchman wasn't able to match the pace of the Brit for most of his run, but did make some time back towards the finish to sneak in past Bernard Kerr, who until then had been second to Greenland.
Silver – Laurie Greenland (Great Britain)
Laurie Greenland, starting in 20th, rode a beast of run that can only be described as flat out, loose and wild. The young Brit was taking risks where riders before him had played safe. It was therefore no surprise that Greenland crossed the finish 8.5 seconds faster than the previous best time set by Australia's Jack Moir. The first year Elite rider now has a Silver World Championships medal to the go with the Gold he won as a Junior in 2015.
Gold – Danny Hart (Great Britain)
Danny Hart had been fastest in Timed Training, but knew he would have to go some to beat the outrageous run of his MS Mondraker and Team GB team-mate, Greenland. Hart attacked the course from the start though, and was up on both time splits. A mistake nearly cost him, but it didn't seem to lose him any time, as he came home 2.97 seconds faster Greenland to become world champion for the second time in his career.
Bronze – Tracey Hannah (Australia)
Australian Tracey Hannah had been looking good on track all week, and was the closest woman to Rachael Atherton in Timed Training. Yet come race day she wasn't able to challenge Atherton or Myriam Nicole's times, finishing in third.
Silver – Myriam Nicole (France)
Due to missing most of the season because of injury, Myriam Nicole came down the mountain early on in proceedings (positions in the World Champs are based on UCI World Ranking). Crossing the finish line a massive 25 seconds ahead of her competitors, she sat in the hot-seat unchallenged until the final rider, Rachel Atherton, took to the course.
Gold – Rachel Atherton (Great Britain)
Reigning champion Rachel Atherton managed to hold on to her world champion status for another year. Crowning the perfect season for the British rider that featured and an incredible 15 back-to-back wins, the unbeatable Atherton secured her fourth World Championships win with a 3.1 second lead on the rest of the field.