Camille Balanche won the women's downhill title on the final day of the Championships in Austria ©Twitter/UCI_MTB

Camille Balanche dethroned defending champion Myriam Nicole of France to secure Switzerland's first elite women's downhill gold medal at the International Cycling Union Mountain Bike World Championships in Austria.

The 30-year-old Swiss rider completed the course in 5min 08.426sec in difficult conditions in Leogang-Saalfeldenon.

Balanche's time was more than three seconds faster than Nicole, who fell short in her bid to retain her world title and was forced to settle for the silver medal.

Monika Hrastnik of Slovakia did enough for bronze after finishing 16.966 adrift of Balanche in top spot.

"I'm going to need a couple more days to realise I've won," Balanche said.

In the men's downhill race, Britain's Reece Wilson clinched gold after recording an impressive time of 3:51.243.

Wilson sealed the title ahead of Austria's David Trummer, who was 3.197 slower than Wilson.

Rémi Thirion of France was the recipient of the bronze medal as he was over two seconds further behind in third place.

"After last year, I believed I could beat these guys," said Wilson.

"But as they were all coming down [the course], and I was actually beating them, I couldn't believe it.

"I believed in myself and I believed in my process, I've worked hard for so many years."

Ireland's Oisin O'Callaghan took the men's junior downhill honours in 4:02.142, beating Britain's Daniel Slack, who was 2.141 behind in second.

James Elliott added to Britain's medal haul by earning bronze.

The women's junior downhill crown was sealed by Lauryne Chappaz of France, who blew the rest of the field out of the water by clocking 5:41.502.

Chappaz ended the race 46 seconds clear of Sophie Gutohrle of Austria, while Leona Pierrini of France claimed bronze.