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  1. Aldridge delivers on GB promise

    Charlie Aldridge
    Image caption: Charlie Aldridge in the team relay

    “I’m speechless, I know everyone says that but it’s true - I can’t believe it really," Those were the words of Charlie Aldridge, Great Britain's new junior world champion after his 11-second win in Canada.

    Another GB rider, Harry Birchill, finished 17th and there was more good news for GB in the women's junior race, where last year’s bronze medalist Hattie Harnden finished 12th and Anna McGorum finished in 15th despite being ranked only 30th among the starters.

    Aldridge was also involved in GB's creditable sixth-place finish in the team relay with Frazer Clacherty, Evie Richards, Annie Last and Grant Ferguson.

  2. Canada has happy memories for Last

    Great Britain’s Commonwealth and recently-crowned national champion Annie Last will have happy memories of Mont Saint-Anne, where she scooped a silver medal on the course at the 2010 World Junior Championships and has had a number of strong finishes.

    Last followed up a silver at the World Championships in Cairns two years ago with Commonwealth Gold on the Gold Coast in 2018.

    This season, she has had illness and injury disrupting her World Cup performances, but she will be hoping to win a place in next year’s Olympics, giving her a chance to better her eighth place finish at London 2012, which still ranks as the second-best finish ever by a woman GB mountain biker at the Olympics.

    Now 28, she will be joined in the elite race by Scotland’s Isla Short, who was fifth in the Commonwealth Games race.

    Isla Short
    Image caption: Isla Short just missed out on a Commonwealth Games medal last year
  3. Who to look out for?

    Reigning Champion Kate Courtney of the USA will attempt to defend her women's title with competition coming from 2017 World Champion Jolanda Neff of Switzerland. France's Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is also expected to challenge for gold.

    In the men's race seven-time World Champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland is favourite to win. Italy's Gerhard Kerschbaumer and Switzerland's Mathias Flückiger are hoping to stop Schuter recording his fifth consecutive title.

    Annie Last, Isla Short and Grant Ferguson will be representing Great Britain in the women's and men's cross-country races, respectively.

    Annie Last
    Image caption: Annie Last is one of two British riders competing in the women's race
  4. What are the Mountain Bike World Championships Cross Country races?

    Cross country cycling is the only form of mountain biking practiced at the Olympic games.

    Races are held over undulating circuits of 4 to 6 km with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles. A race varies from 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes.

    Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada is a regular World Cup course and has held previous World Championships in 1998 and 2010.

    Grant Ferguson
    Image caption: Races are held over undulating circuits with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles
  5. How to watch the Mountain Biking World Championships.

    The Mountain Biking World Championships elite cross country races take place on Saturday, 1 September.

    You can watch all the action from the Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada live on the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website & app.

    Saturday, 1 September

    17:05-19:00 - Women's elite cross country race

    19:35-21:00 - Men's elite cross country race

    You can also catch-up on all the action for 30 days on the BBC iPlayer.

  6. Get Inspired: How to get into Mountain Biking

    Approximately two million people in Britain cycle at least once a week, and there are more than 80,000 members of cycling clubs.

    There are four main mountain bike disciplines, with the downhill and 4-cross requiring nerve, fitness and great bike control as competitors hurtle down hazard-strewn tracks. The cross-country - which is used in the Olympics - and enduro/marathon put the emphasis more on sheer physical fitness.

    Training days and taster schemes are run for people of all ages and abilities throughout the year. Visit the British Cycling, Cycling Ireland, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling websites for more information.

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    Video caption: Mike Bushell tries downhill mountain biking