The Fort William World Cup is regarded as one of the toughest downhill races in the world, and a firm favourite with riders and spectators alike.


Britain Takes The Lead

The Fort William track is revered as being the one of the longest and toughest on the UCI World Cup circuit, and this results in some of the most exciting racing in the series. Rachel Atherton (GBR), ranked number one, took a positive win crossing the line an incredible 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the elite women’s field, reaffirming her ranking of one of the world’s finest.

In the men’s downhill, crowd favourite and brother of Rachel, Gee Atherton was the leader in qualification, however a crash in finals made way for South Africa’s Greg Minnaar to take the win making him  the most medal decorated downhill mountain biker ever.

In Memory 

The weekend also marked two memorable moments. The first, a fitting tribute to Canadian rider Steve Smith who passed away in May at just 26 after a motocross accident. He was regarded as one of the world’s best downhill mountain bikers. The second was the honorary of the retirement of perhaps downhill’s most legendary racer, Steve Peat, at the end of the season. The British rider was given a fantastic send-off by the 10,000 strong crowd marking his last race as professional on the Fort William UCI World Cup track.

The electric atmosphere that always graces the World Cup downhill race in Fort William did not disappoint this year. Its popularity with racers and spectators alike gives the venue a truly distinctive feel and with a two unique remembrances, this year was one not to forget.


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