UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano

UCI World Cup: Cairns DH highlights

All the incredible action from Smithfield Forest, courtesy of the Parkin brothers.

© Sven Martin

For a myriad of reasons, Saturday's racing at the second round of the UCI World Cup in Cairns will live long in the memory. Possibly the only international-level bike race ever to be paused to allow a snake to cross the track, the jungle threw just about everything at the riders.

The weekend was a war of attrition often tempered with the lingering threats of poison, teeth and physical exertion. There hasn't been a World Cup like Cairns for years – have a slice of Parkin goodness, you all deserve it!  

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano