World Cup DH Racing Wraps up at Fort William
The third stop on the World Cup mountain bike circuit brought a fierce combination of rocks, rain, mud and speed as the world’s best downhill racers took on a challenging course at Fort William in Scotland.
After winning the previous weekend’s race by an unprecedented eight seconds—besting his already unbelievable seven-second qualifying margin—Aaron Gwin wasn’t looking quite so assured at World Cup #3 last weekend in Scotland. Gwin (Trek World Racing) uncharacteristically crashed twice in the qualifying round, netting him 29th place, 12 seconds off Marc Beaumont’s (GT Factory Racing) 4:42 first-place qualifying time.
Gwin has been so dominant lately he’s grown accustomed to qualifying first, which means he gets to be the last man down the hill in the finals. But this time around, the defending world champ took his run in front of 28 other riders. His finals time of 4:48 seconds put him in the lead, but then he sat in the hot seat for more than an hour as the top racers in the world tried to knock him out of first. In the end, only Danny Hart (Giant Factory Off-Road) came close—within 0.83 seconds.
Check out this video of the action by the Parkin Brothers, via Dirt magazine
Gwin, previously tied with Greg Minnaar for the points lead, surges into the lead 83 points on top. Riders get a two-week break now as they wait for World Cup #4 in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec.
On the women’s side, Emmeline Ragot (Team MS Mondraker) took the win 1.2 seconds ahead of Rachel Atherton, extending her point lead to 120. Atherton (GT Factory Racing) is in second place in the overall points standings—which is impressive considering she missed the first race of the season altogether.
Live streaming of the next World Cup stop at Mont Sainte Anne starts June 23 at RedBull.com.