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Nevis Range // Friday 7th September 2007
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Will we see a 2012 World Championships Plague added?

Tree huggers are not afraid of the dark!

4X Medal Ceremony. USA cleans up the gold medals with Brian Lopes winning the Mens and Jill Kintner taking the woman's title.

Some of the South Africa team wait to cheer on their riders in the junior Cross Country.

Heading back out into the woods on the climb up from the start.

The cloud breaks and the weather comes good as dusk falls during the 4X practice.

The crowds take their places early during the 4X practice to get the best view for the race.

Looking up the 4X during practice from one of the Finish area grandstands.

Riders take the turn onto the old course at dusk.

Time to make some noise.. Gee Atherton and Scott Beaumont take the start gate.

Did they ever come up with a name for the new climb out of the start/Finish area.

Exiting the Berminator section onto the start/finish straight at the end of the first Lap of the Mens U23 XC.

Checking out the newly extended 4X course on Friday morning.

Huge crowds at the Finish for the 4x Finals.

Finish area looking over to the Medal podium and big screen.

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Friday started damp and windy, with light rain falling through much of the U23 Cross Country races earlier on Friday, but into the evening the weather cleared up as day light begun to fade. The clouds broke and the wind fell light with just enough breeze to give a very pleasant midge free evening for a spectacular flood light 4X.

While the hopes of the home crowd for a home grown 4X World Champion on home soil didn't come to pass the huge crowd was treated to some great racing under the lights which just made the amazing atmosphere even more intense. As always there were bumps, collisions and spills that are very much part and parcel of 4X racing, but the unfortunate Cedric Cracia's championships came to a painful end with a broken wrist.

A fireworks display from above the 4X course brought to a close a great and memorable evening.
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