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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William 2018The sun was belting down on the Nevis Range and temperatures and humidity were high for the practise sessions on Friday at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

With 3 weeks of really good weather in Fort William, riders were up against a dry, fast track. And with a faster section connecting the rock gardens with the woods, there were a fair few crashes, with some riders having to be lifted off the course by gondola.

Saturday saw favourite Danny Hart finish in 2nd place behind Luca Shaw in the Downhill Qualifiers, with Rachel Atherton taking first for the women. Elliot Heap blasted his way through to the semi’s in the 4X Pro Tour (4 Cross), a double for Heap who also qualified in the Downhill earlier that day.

And as the 4X Pro Tour Finals kicked in later that evening, so too did the rain.  The storms that had been hitting the UK had certainly arrived in Scotland, turning the arid tracks into mud slides.

Sunday and the sun was back as huge crowds gathered for the main race day. Racing times were fast and there were plenty of ‘upsets’ as ‘favourites’ didn’t perform or crashed.

Probably the best run of all time came from Rachel Atherton, who with just two pedals out of the blocks suffered a snapped chain. Showing grit, determination and heart after not competing last year due to injury; Atherton with no power and a big fall OTB (over the bars) in the woods, still managed to podium in 3rd only 9 seconds behind first place Tahnee Seagrave.

Images from the event below

 Women Elite Downhill

1

3

SEAGRAVE Tahnee

GBR

TRANSITION BIKES / MUC-OFF FACTORY RACING

23

00:05:10.960

 

200

2

1

NICOLE Myriam

FRA

COMMENCAL / VALLNORD

28

00:05:19.211

 

160

3

2

ATHERTON Rachel

GBR

TREK FACTORY RACING DH

31

00:05:20.016

 

140

4

4

CABIROU Marine

FRA

VOULVOUL RACING

21

00:05:21.782

 

125

5

7

HANNAH Tracey

AUS

POLYGON UR

30

00:05:22.744

 

110

6

5

RAVANEL Cécile

FRA

 

37

00:05:24.368

 

95

 Men Elite Downhill

16

PIERRON Amaury

 

Fra

COMMENCAL/VALLNORD

22  00:04:34.452

200

2

10

VERGIER Loris

FRA

SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE

22

00:04:34.722

 

160

3

8

BROSNAN Troy

AUS

CANYON FACTORY DOWNHILL TEAM

25

00:04:34.763

 

140

4

81

WILSON Reece

GBR

 

22

00:04:35.775

 

125

5

61

BRUNI Loic

FRA

SPECIALIZED GRAVITY

24

00:04:37.039

 

110

6

9

HART Danny

GBR

MADISON SARACEN FACTORY TEAM

27

00:04:37.209

 

95

 

Women Junior

1

1

HÖLL Valentina

AUT

 

17

00:05:21.694

 

60

2

4

ZIBASA Paula

LAT

SRAM YOUNG GUNS RACING

18

00:05:50.896

 

40

3

7

NEWKIRK Anna

USA

 

17

00:05:50.923

 

20

4

5

MELVIN Kaytlin

USA

 

18

00:06:41.041

 

10

5

3

JOHNSET Mille

NOR

 

17

00:07:02.893

 

5

Men Junior

1

3

A'HERN Kye

AUS

CANYON FACTORY DOWNHILL TEAM

17

00:04:42.414

 

60

2

1

DAPRELA Thibaut

FRA

COMMENCAL / VALLNORD

17

00:04:43.179

 

40

3

2

EDWARDS Kade

GBR

TREK FACTORY RACING DH

18

00:04:45.073

 

30

4

37

EDMONDSON Jamie

GBR

TRANSITION BIKES / MUC-OFF FACTORY RACING

17

00:04:48.037

 

25

5

16

MASIERO Giacomo

ITA

 

18

00:04:54.396

 

20

6

4

CRUZ Lucas

CAN

 

17

00:04:54.585

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

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