2012 Mountain Bike World Championships – massive picture gallery

So, the World Champs are all done and dusted for another year. Dreams have been realised, hopes dashed, Champagne sprayed and bones broken, and the mother of all hangovers should be just about wearing off for the winners. Relive the weekend with these great pics from Reuben Shaul and Charles Robertson.

During practice riders complained about the groomed nature of the track but by the finals, things had roughened up a bit. Picture by Charles Robertson

At first riders were complaining about the groomed nature of the DH track... Picture by Charles Robertson

Heavy rain overnight meant it was time to get out the waterproofs for Friday's practice. Picture by Charles Robertson

... but heavy rain soon sorted that out! Picture by Charles Robertson

Joe Smith styles it up during a muddy practice run. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Joe Smith styles it up during a muddy practice run. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Thomas Slavik styles it up. Picture by Charles Robertson

Four-cross made a welcome return. Here's Thomas Slavik showboating during practice. Picture by Charles Robertson

Britain's Scott Beaumont has helped keep the sport alive since its unceremonious ditching from the World Cup. He had to settle for ninth place in Leogang. Picture by Charles Robertson

Britain's Scott Beaumont has helped keep the sport alive, but had to settle for ninth place. Picture by Charles Robertson

Reigning 4X world champ Michal Prokop lost his crown, going out in the semi final. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Reigning 4X world champ Michal Prokop lost his crown, going out in the semi final. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Michael Mechura seemed pleased with second - his best result ever. Picture by Charles Robertson

Michael Mechura seemed pleased with second - his best result ever. Picture by Charles Robertson

Roger Rinderknecht avoids the carnage on his way to the 4X win. Picture by Charles Robertson

Roger Rinderknecht avoided the carnage on his way to the 4X win. Picture by Charles Robertson

Women's 4X winner Anneke Beerten must be running out of space in her trophy cabinet. Picture by Charles Robertson

Women's 4X winner Anneke Beerten must be running out of space in her trophy cabinet. Picture by Charles Robertson

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The backdrop was as dramatic as the racing. Picture by Reuben Shaul

The backdrop was as dramatic as the racing in Leogang. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Morgane Charre came from nowhere to take the women's win. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Morgane Charre came from nowhere to take the women's DH win. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Manon Carpenter won bronze in her first year in elite – this girl's got big things ahead of her! Picture by Reuben Shaul

Manon Carpenter won bronze in her first year in elite – this girl's got big things ahead of her! Picture by Reuben Shaul

It was Steve Peat's 20th World Champs, so it was a shame his finals run was marred by a crash. Picture by Charles Robertson

It was Steve Peat's 20th Worlds, so it was a shame his finals run was marred by a crash. Picture by Charles Robertson

Mick Hannah keeps it low over the second double. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Mick Hannah was fastest in timed training but couldn't break into the top 3. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Josh Bryceland was charging hard – perhaps too hard, as a crash in the woods ended his hopes. Picture by Charles Robertson

Josh Bryceland was charging hard until a crash in the woods ended his hopes. Picture by Charles Robertson

Brook MacDonald was pushing hard, hoping to replicate his success at Val d'Isere. Picture by Charles Robertson

Brook MacDonald was pushing hard, hoping to replicate his success at Val d'Isere. Picture by Charles Robertson

Gee Atherton's body may be all out of shape but his eyes are still locked on his line. Impressive. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Gee Atherton shows the steely determination that took him to second step on the podium. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Aaron Gwin threads his way through the trees. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Aaron Gwin was hungry for the win after last year's crash but a mechanical ended his hopes. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Greg Minnaar's waited nine years for a second taste of World Champs glory, and it's well deserved. Picture by Reuben Shaul

Greg Minnaar's waited nine years for a second taste of Worlds glory, and it's well deserved. Picture by Reuben Shaul

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