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Photo gallery: A day at Canada's mountain bike Worlds

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A First Aid Patrol shuttles a New Zealand rider and her bike to the medical center

A First Aid Patrol shuttles a New Zealand rider and her bike to the medical center (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A young boy buys a race jersey with hopes that his favorite riders will autograph it.

A young boy buys a race jersey with hopes that his favorite riders will autograph it. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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World Champion Nino Schurter (Switzerland) looks like a mall shopper with his Oakley bag.

World Champion Nino Schurter (Switzerland) looks like a mall shopper with his Oakley bag. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Those noisy vezuellas are showing up at international mountain biking events

Those noisy vezuellas are showing up at international mountain biking events (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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World Championship belt buckles are for sale at the venue

World Championship belt buckles are for sale at the venue (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A Schick representative explains the benefits of having five blades.

A Schick representative explains the benefits of having five blades. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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One vendor is offering the perfect blend of bike riding and skiing.

One vendor is offering the perfect blend of bike riding and skiing. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Belgian cyclo-cross star Sven Nys has been competing on the mountain bike this season

Belgian cyclo-cross star Sven Nys has been competing on the mountain bike this season (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The Belgian team waits for a race to finish so its riders can do some practice laps

The Belgian team waits for a race to finish so its riders can do some practice laps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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In the trials finals, competitors must ride over letters making up the words "Quebec" and "Canada"

In the trials finals, competitors must ride over letters making up the words "Quebec" and "Canada" (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A worker helps prepare part to the trials course.

A worker helps prepare part to the trials course. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Major preparations are underway for live entertainment this weekend

Major preparations are underway for live entertainment this weekend (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Under 23 Winner Alexandra Engen (Sweden) about to make a pass that gives her the victory

Under 23 Winner Alexandra Engen (Sweden) about to make a pass that gives her the victory (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Sage Wilderman (Team USA) in a bit of agony. She did not finish the race.

Sage Wilderman (Team USA) in a bit of agony. She did not finish the race. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Zhaunzhuan Ye (China) heads down one of the many rocky sections of course.

Zhaunzhuan Ye (China) heads down one of the many rocky sections of course. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Volunteer course marshalls will sit at the same location on the cross country course all weekend.

Volunteer course marshalls will sit at the same location on the cross country course all weekend. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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There were plenty of crashes on the technical Mont-Sainte-Anne course

There were plenty of crashes on the technical Mont-Sainte-Anne course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A Yeti rider tries to dial in one of the jumps

A Yeti rider tries to dial in one of the jumps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Downhill racers who are doing practice runs ride a jump that crosses the cross country course

Downhill racers who are doing practice runs ride a jump that crosses the cross country course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Samara Sheppard (New Zealand) pushes her bike on a section of course she finds to be unrideable

Samara Sheppard (New Zealand) pushes her bike on a section of course she finds to be unrideable (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Race fans began gathering at 8:00 am for the day's racing

Race fans began gathering at 8:00 am for the day's racing (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A new podium built with Canadian pine has been built for the event

A new podium built with Canadian pine has been built for the event (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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You can easily identify team managers by their walkie-talkies

You can easily identify team managers by their walkie-talkies (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A lone worker gets the pump track ready for a busy day

A lone worker gets the pump track ready for a busy day (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Proper fashion for racers this year includes "compression stockings"

Proper fashion for racers this year includes "compression stockings" (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A woman prepares her "South Pacific" themed booth

A woman prepares her "South Pacific" themed booth (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Stylish entrance to the venue

Stylish entrance to the venue (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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For those not interested in pedaling, this vendor is selling electric motor bikes.

For those not interested in pedaling, this vendor is selling electric motor bikes. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nervous parents and friends are on hand to watch this morning's races

Nervous parents and friends are on hand to watch this morning's races (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Canadian Emily Batty, one of the Under 23 race favorites, warms up on a trainer in the Trek World Team tent

Canadian Emily Batty, one of the Under 23 race favorites, warms up on a trainer in the Trek World Team tent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The Monster Energy Specialized downhill bikes practically glow in the dark

The Monster Energy Specialized downhill bikes practically glow in the dark (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Bassman, who some think may be the best bike mechanic in the world, prepares Marie-Helene Premont's race machine.

Bassman, who some think may be the best bike mechanic in the world, prepares Marie-Helene Premont's race machine. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain mechanic prepares to install a new crankset for one of his cross country racers

A Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain mechanic prepares to install a new crankset for one of his cross country racers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A Swiss racer tries to stay on her bike as the going gets increasingly steep

A Swiss racer tries to stay on her bike as the going gets increasingly steep (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Riders this weekend will face a maze of steep, uphill switchbacks

Riders this weekend will face a maze of steep, uphill switchbacks (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Annie Last (Great Britain) leads out the Under 23 women's cross country

Annie Last (Great Britain) leads out the Under 23 women's cross country (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Many sunglasses vendors are on site, all claiming that their products are best.

Many sunglasses vendors are on site, all claiming that their products are best. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Storm clouds seemed to be gathering over the venue early in the morning.

Storm clouds seemed to be gathering over the venue early in the morning. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Cars throughout Quebec can be seen with gigantic Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup decals

Cars throughout Quebec can be seen with gigantic Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup decals (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A Chinese rider is responsible for washing her own bike.

A Chinese rider is responsible for washing her own bike. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

At the World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, the cross country, downhill and four cross racing is just part of the show. Many exhibitors, in and out of the cycling industry, come out to show their wares in a large expo area. At Mont-Sainte-Anne, there's also an atmosphere of fun and partying. Organizers are providing plenty of onsite entertainment in the form of concerts, pump tracks and rides with some top riders.

This photo gallery, by Dave McElwaine, captures some of the action, on and off bike, during the second day of competition.

Sage Wilderman (Team USA) in a bit of agony. She did not finish the race.


A Schick representative explains the benefits of having five blades.


The Belgian team waits for a race to finish so its riders can do some practice laps.

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