UCI Downhill World Cup

Last weekend was the mountain biking world cup racing in Fort William, and what a weekend it was!

We arrived at Aonach Mor where the whole event village was in full flow with the pits, Peaty’s bar, various bike equipment and apparel stalls, plus an exhibition of cycling by Danny McAskill “Drop-and-Roll”.

Not having gondola tickets, we headed straight up the (steep) hillside to get up where the jumps were and see how the practice runs were going.

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Before long, the women’s race began.

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We headed back down the hill as the lowest seeded men were racing…

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… arriving at the bottom in time to see the serious contenders arriving.

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Steve Peat made a good showing – his last race in the UK.

Greg Minaar made a hell of a run, seemingly getting faster-and-faster, taking nearly eight seconds out of the leader to that point. Nobody caught him, and he ended up winning.

There was a very moving “ghost run” in honour of Stevie Smith (#longlivechainsaw) where the cameras followed where he would have been on the hill, following the route down. All the while there was total silence in the arena. As he would have entered the final section in sight of the finish the crowd erupted into cheers, clapping, cowbells and vuvuzelas – not a dry eye in the house!

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