The rain never abated but the track is holding up well as the World’s best go against the clock at the Fort William World Cup.
Here’s who did what at the second round of the 2022 UCI Downhill World Cup qualifiers in Fort William.
Canyon Collective FMD’s Phoebe Gale made qualifying her own with a hefty 13.5 second win over fellow compatriot Aimi Kenyon. How cool is it to see two British pinners at the sharp end of the Junior Womens’ field? Very. Very rad.
Junior Men’s qualis would be another battle between Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Jackson Goldstone and Madison Saracen’s Jordan Williams. It would be the Canadian that would yet again pip the young Brit but there was less than 0.7 of a second between them. Remy Meier-Smith was five and a half back in third.
Camille Balanche extends her lead in the overall with a 1.8 second quali win over Vali Holl, with Myriam Nicole six back in third.
Nina Hoffman was building into a screamer of a run before getting a flat after the third split only saw her slip to 8th… What could have been. If she can keep her wind in her wheels tomorrow we might be on for another flyer.
Also, major props to Mikayla Parton and Stacey Fisher who are hunting down the podium in 6th and 7th respectively. No KJ Sharp, Rachel Atherton or Tahnee Seagrave for finals, so these two will be flying the flag tomorrow.
Oh, the Brits are flying here in Fort William, with Laurie Greenland and Charlie Hatton leading out hot favourites here in Scotland, Minnaar and Pierron. Bernard Kerr flies into fifth, with Danny Hart in 7th and Matt Walker in 10th. There’s a fair stack of Brits in the top 20 too.
Full results can be found on the UCI website here.