Pete’s Fort William World Cup Pick and Mix.

We set Pete loose around the pits, camera in hand to snap all the things that many folk don’t spot. The Fort William World Cup is a treasure trove of UK talent, both riding, creative and ‘industry’.

Here’s what Pete snapped as he wandered the pits on qualifying day. Half an hour stuck on the gondola while a rider was scraped off the hill meant we’ve some ‘Motorway’ snaps too.

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The Saddleback pits were rammed at 4.30pm yesterday as Shaun Palmer picked the raffle tickets for a M16c frame and some ENVE goodies.

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This is rad. Pete’s old ‘Run to the Hills’ Orange Five in the very capable hands of wee James Wilson, fresh off the back of winning the Scottish Cycling Youth Mini DH. Pinned.

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Alan from SussMyBike was on hand with a working prototype of his telemetry device. Go check it out if you like your geek stats!

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Oh look, a penny. An unknown rider nosing her in to a landing that doesn’t warrant this kind of trajectory. Thankfully he rode it out despite the sharp intake of breath from the thronged crowd.

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You’ve got to feel for Hightower. Cathro is always a danger man at Fort William, likely putting more runs here than anyone with his Sick Skills days.

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Gwin’s bike is in safe hands. John Hall chills out knowing the bike is tuned to the hilt, ready for some controlled madness on the hill this afternoon.

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On your right! Thirty seconds might seem like an age until you’ve had a shocker of a run. Australia’s Shaun Ambrose catching Frenchman Ambroise Hebert mid-flight.

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MacAskill and co. kept the crowds buzzing in between racing with their Drop and Roll shows. Big Deal on his trail bike making it look easy as always.

 


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