Fort William Highlights & Team Videos
Fort William Highlights with Eliot Jackson
The torrential rain throughout the weekend in Fort William didn’t stop the tens of thousands of spectators from cheering on their favourite downhillers. In true Fort William fashion we saw more than a few tough hits taken by riders like Tahnée Seagrave, Loïc Bruni and Aaron Gwin.
The Women’s finals was what Rachel Atherton calls ‘the most nail-biting thing ever’ between her and Australian, Tracey Hannah with Hannah up in spilts two and three. In the end, it was a British victory by just 1.611s.
In the Men’s race, after nearly crashing over the bars at the finish it was Commencal rider Amaury Pierron who put down the fastest time of 4:28.578. Aussie pinner, Troy Brosnan took second, putting him in the lead for overall points and last man down the mountain Loris Vergier went in third.
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Intense Factory Racing
IFR arrived in Fort Bill optimistic for the weekend with Gwin still dealing with an ankle injury sustained in Mountain Creek, N.J. 10 days before. On top of that, their team van was broken into in Edinburgh en route to the Fort. A last minute scramble got them a fresh frame built with parts from Gwin's XL bike he raced in Maribor. But their troubles didn't end there…
Commencal/Vallnord Factory DH
Fort William was the kind of deja vu that the Commencal/Vallnord team are stoked to live again. After winning the 2018 race here—and setting Amaury Pierron on a series of wins—he won Fort William for the second time in a row!
Junior, Thibaut Daprela raced Fort William for the first time this year and continued his winning streak. But it wasn't without stiff competition. Remi Thirion managed to finish 30th despite a big mistake in his race run.
The Polygon UR team will remember Fort William 2019 as a wet and wild one! But it also went well for the team, with Tracey Hannah qualifying first on the brutal track and although she was pipped for the win by Rachel Atherton, she was up on a number of splits, only just losing it in the final part of the track. Follow the team's battle.
SRAM Factory Young Guns
Propain Factory Racing
Join the team in the Highlands of Scotland, amongst the rain and the midgies!