The dust has settled and the first World Cup Downhill of the year did not disappoint. GT’s Gee Atherton and Rachel Atherton were the winners this weekend. Check inside for results, videos, reports and some pictures from the event at Fort William.
Jr Men Results
Pro Women Results
Pro Men Results
Gee Atherton and Rachel Atherton were the respective winners in the Pro Men and Women categories. Rachel Atherton’s victory was no small feat as she decimated the competition by 10.139 seconds. Both riders ran the new Fury (video below).
Video: The new Fury
Absent from the pro men podium was a few big names like Greg Minnaar, Aaron Gwin, and others. Have the tides turned this year to a new crop of riders?
It’s always a great race at Ft. William and this year didn’t disappoint. You can watch the replay of the event at redbull.com/bike if you missed it.
Cedric Gracia – Through My Eyes
Life On Wheels – Lapierre
Dirt Finals Video:
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Dirt Qualifying Video:
Brook MacDonlad (Photo: TWR)
Trek World Racing opened its World Cup account in Fort William today with a 2nd place for Brook MacDonald and a 10th place for rookie pro, Greg Williamson, and solid positions for both Neko Mulally and George Brannigan. The team, now in its fifth season, has helped Trek rack up an impressive 34 World Cup podiums for the Session bike since 2009.
Brook MacDonald (photo: TWR)
Brook said: “I’m so happy. This is my best result at Fort William and only my 5th career podium so far. To do this at my first World Cup for my new team is very special, couldn’t be happier”.
Greg Williamson (photo: TWR)
Greg said: “I suffered from nerves pretty bad yesterday in my quali and today I was so chilled I nearly missed my start! To get my first ever top 10 in a World Cup, in my home country, I’m speechless”.
Podium - (photo: TWR)
Matt Simmonds was on pace to put down a storming run but a flat tire ended his chances of any such luck in the finals.
Matt Simmonds (Photo: F. Briton)
“The quiet lad from Australia on flat pedals set off on his assault down the track. First split came up and it was green. He was fast, very fast! As the Red Bull cameras followed him down the course he looked like he was on rails. With the best balance in the business and corner speed only the rest of the riders can dream of, everyone waited with bated breath as the second split time came up after the majority of the course was done with only the fast bottom pedally section and the big jumps! It was still green – the crowd went absolutely wild. Sam Hill was back and on the hunt! As he came into view for the final pedaling Sam was flying but seemed to be spinning really fast! He crossed the line and went into the lead with a blistering time of 4.38!
“With seven more of the fastest riders in the world, Sam sat in the hot seat! In the end Sam finished in sixth place, one step from the podium and only 2.1 seconds off the win. An amazing result for Sam to show he is back as one of the fastest in the world. It turned out Sam had the second fastest time of the race heading into the final motorway section with only Gee Atherton, the eventual winner, slightly faster than Sam.
“It turns out that Sam had unfortunately caught his gear cable on his run and pulled it out of the rear derailleur, and was stuck in fourth gear for the final pedal where you need your biggest gear. So that was why he had lost a couple of seconds. But that’s racing! All the lads are on the pace and we just need a bit of luck next week for the second round in Italy.
For Tracey it was all about being safe and consistent. She is just back from her fresh shoulder injury and she needed to ride smoothly to get back on her confidence level again. Tracey got 8th in qualifying and 9th in final.
Tracey Hannah (Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith)
Mick « Sick Mick » Hannah’s week-end was solid and fast. Since day one Mick knew his speed, getting the best time of timed practice, in qualifying Mick got a nice 4th place. For the final Mick kept it fast and loose and got an awesome 5th place and even wipping it in front of thousands of spectators and proudly stood on the podium.
It’s really awesome for all our sponsors especially for Hutchinson and Polygon because it was the first time that Mick was riding the New Squales 2.5 and also it was the first world cup race for our new Polygon DH. A bike that definitely has a world cup pedigree.
Mick Hannah (Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith)
Holly Feniak had a big crash on the first day of practice. We all got scared but she finally walked away without any injury. She still was able to ride in qualifying but crashed and got 17th , the final was starting well for Holly with the first split in 11th elite and first junior start but she crashed hard and ended up 22th elite and 4th in Junior. Unfortunately, her crash in the final broke a bone in her hand so she will probably be out for some time. Healing vibes are sent to her !
Holly Feniak (Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith)
You can see additional photos in the gallery. Check back later for more pictures and videos as we’ll be adding more content here as it rolls in.