Fort William World Cup Photo Gallery No.1 | The Juniors

June 13th, 2013

By Nathan Carvell in Features

The dust the settled and while the focus has shifted to another mountain in Italy, its time to reflect on one of the finest displays of downhill racing to date up at Fort William for round 1 of the 2013 UCI downhill Word Cup.

Starting with the junior men’s event, we will be delivering a photographic round up of what happened last week end on that sun drenched mountain in the highlands of Scotland known as Aonach Mòr.

So, junior mens. The “lights” category as some are calling it and the perfect staging point to launch a career as a professional downhill racer, but can you imagine taking to the word stage at this age? Daunting perhaps, but with most of the field having spent more time racing bikes off-road than you or me, it goes without saying that these young ‘uns haul…

Now don’t be fooled by their age, the junior category is packed with pinner who can send it with the ‘big dogs’ of the sport and that they did…

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Words & Photos: Nathan Carvell

Here are the Top 3 in Descending Order…

3rd place and coming in 3.659 seconds off the win, Dean Lucas of Australia riding for Gstaad-Scott, smashed it down in 4:53.590 and with the legend that is Nathan Rennie at the helm of the Aussie junior squad you can bet your bottom dollar that we have a new Sam Hill in the making here.

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2nd place and 3.464 off the top spot was Great Britain’s Michael Jones for FMD Racing/Intense Cycles posting a rapid time of 4:53.395. Third fastest through the speed trap clocking a mighty 59.183 km/h, but it wasn’t to be for the British hopeful.

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The future’s bright, the future’s orange. Noel Niederberger smashed it home and taking the win with a smoking time of 4:49.931, beating the rest of the field by over 3 seconds. Second fastest through the speed trap at 59.494 km/h this boy can ride! That’s a well deserved 60 points in the bag for the rest of the season.

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But let us not forget Taylor Vernon, the favourite qualifying fastest on Saturday, punctured mid run. Still, Taylor must have known he was on a flyer, nearly a second up at split one. What if. Smiling as he entered the arena and styling it out for the 20,000 strong crowd he knows he has what it takes. Just you wait, this boy is going to set the word alight!

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And there they are, your top three junior men. Full results can be found here.

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