Fort William 2016 | Trackside Gallery
June 7th, 2016
Fort William 2016 – track side action through our eyes!
Despite the fact that you can be in the Alps in a similar amount of time, the huge journey to Fort William for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is an extraordinary draw for fans – and this year was no different.
Unlike last year’s wash out with the weather, this year saw perfect weather – blue skies and searing heat. This made the track dry, fast and treacherous – claiming several victims over the weekend’s racing.
Here’s some of the shots through our eyes from our weekend up on the mountain – we’ll be putting a full gallery on our Facebook page too, so be sure to check it out!
Although a little hazy on Saturday, it opened up on Sunday for clear views and blistering heat. We saw several heat stroke casualties over the weekend – which although is common place at any music festival, isn’t exactly the sort of thing you expect in Fort Bill!
Fort William 2016 was a special one.
Katy Curd was all smiles when we caught up with her before her run – she’s been training hard, and despite some bad luck to date was more than ready for Fort William 2016. We had a good feeling for her, and once the red mist had descended – she proved us right.
Minnaar and Gwin both spent some time before their runs double checking some lines and getting their heads in the right place. Whilst Gwin had a purposeful gaze about him, Greg seemed far calmer – we’d be lying if we said we didn’t have our fingers crossed for the honorary Brit.
We feel the pain of crashing out right at the start of a run – this rider was gutted. Some riders were on it from the off, and others decided that Fort William 2016 was better tackled with a steady in approach. Predictable clothing was out in force, of course.
Manon Carpenter was riding well, but an unlucky crash lower down in the woods put the brilliant rider just out of reach of the top. A third place for her is a great result – but we all know she has the speed to challenge Rachel.
There was lots of loving for Stevie Smith out on track, with banners, chainsaws and moustaches being branded by many. Fort William 2016 – as usual – was also home to a whole load of random fancy dress antics. We saw unicorns; nuns; monks; triathletes and some very drunk people!
The new wooded section seemed to catch everyone out – no bad thing for spectators! The woods were the loudest part of the track away from the main arena, and had all the feel of the famous heckler’s rock in Whistler. Slow, fast, good line, bad line, crash – it didn’t matter! The crowd were going berserk up there!