And Your 2023 Elite UCI Downhill World Champions Are…

Fort William once again reminded us why it’s a perennial fixture in the downhill circuit as it delivered again for World Champs.

Here’s who will leave Scotland with the Elite World Championship title after the mud had settled in Fort William.

Elite Women

Despite late miracles for Hoffman, Atherton and Seagrave, nobody could touch Vali Höll when it came to finals finishing two second clear of Cami Balanche. Marine Cabirou was a whisker off silver, just three tenths back.

Disaster for Nina Hoffman who finished a rough weekend with a 1.7 second advantage at split one before going down hard at the end of the woods.

Our hero Louise Ferguson couldn’t even complete a full on yesterday but pulled out a fourth when it mattered. Legend. She’d line up ahead of two other Brits in the form of Phoebe Gale who’s proven her Junior pace was no fluke, with Tahnee Seagrave hot on her heels on the same tenth of a second.

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Elite Men

Well, it’s Elite Men’s finals, so yeah, it rained. Hard.

Plenty of flats and crashes all afternoon but Charlie Hatton would lay down a screamer regardless of the liquid sunshine. A ride that few could get close to. In the end, nobody would and the Continental Atherton rider would do who win his first World level race at his home World Champs.

Andreas Kolb would make it two medals for Continental Atherton and keep his form going into the second round of World Cups.

The Santa Cruz Syndicate would have something to celebrate with Laurie Greenland wrapping up the podium in third.

Full results can be found on the Tissot Timing website here.