Video: Unofficial 2018 Fort William World Cup Track Preview

May 14, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

Video credit: Ben Cathro

The woods section at the 2017 Fort William World Cup downhill track certainly split opinion. For 2018, the trail crew have been hard at work to make the woods section more sustainably-built. How are the world's best going to take to these changes? We'll find out in a few weeks time!

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  • + 194
 We love Claudio but RB need to employ Cathro instead of limiting him to one 3 minute video a day at WC's.
  • + 71
 I concur. I think he is a very good commentator here. Variety would be welcome.
  • + 30
 Yer I could get used to these two
  • + 54
 Yes - his track and line choice analysis in some of his other videos is great. I've only discovered him recently but his videos are well worth a watch and form a definite part of my DH viewing warmup! Claudio is the hype man of DH, whilst Cathro has the technical side covered...
  • + 12
 Agreed! Cathro's coverage at the "put the Losinj on its skin or it gets the rocks again" WC was the best stuff out there.

Maybe bump him up to 4 minutes!
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 More Cathro! Come on Red Bull !!
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 Totally agree.
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 @jaame: He will race fort william , come on Cathro ! cathrovision on WC race run !! @onandoff
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 Nicest man in MTB
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flag Poulsbojohnny (May 14, 2018 at 9:51) (Below Threshold)
 @alexhyland: Don't discount Alex from Single Track Sampler. Love watching both of their channels.
  • + 9
 Cathro would be amazing in the booth with Warner.
  • + 12
the people have spoken
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 @TightAF: this needs to happen. If he can talk like that while riding like that, then pffff....
  • + 55
 Need more Cathro!
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 Cathro at it again with yet another great video. Gotta love a recent world cup racer and current elite doing track videos as they put a really good perspective on the track. Good on the big man, great on and off the bike.
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 cathro's a lad
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 More Cathro and Blair !

Cathro is the people’s champ
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 Agree, more Ben Cathro! such a rad dude
  • + 7
 I love this race always have and always will. Flame away but every 10 or so years wouldn't it be cool to, I don't know. . . change the top section? Sure they changed 100 yards in the middle but who cares.
  • + 10
 Love cathro
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 Cathro FTW
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 Cathrovision rides again. gotta love it. I think his stuff is great, in my time-limited u-tube viewing, he's risen up to the ranks of Team edits. I don't take time for most of the trail-vlogs, but Cathro & CG are usually very entertaining and inspiring.
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 As for me it's better than Claudio's course previews)
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 The hell with sustainable on a wc track, where’s the roots? I demand roots!
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 Kunta Kinte is dat you?
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 @Boardlife69: we call him toby
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 @simonusedtoskate Lol same. Except for maybe the rockiest bits, I was thinking, "That would be a blast on my hardtail." That was the woods section? There were like 3 or 4 trees close to/in the trail. Maybe I'm biased, being in the PNW, but that wasn't woods.
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 Track looks sick
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 Yes Cathro!!
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 that rocky section has a lot of rocks
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 Anyone know what camera and settings this video was shot with? Looks awesome!
  • + 3
 Where are the kilts boys... and the flash counter..
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 Did claudio ever do a preview of the last course?
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 yeah but had a really bad crash, hence they didnt air it
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 Funnily enough, Cathro's original trackwalk video explained it quite nicely before redbull presumably made him reupload it.
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 You had one job, Claudio.
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 "nothing worse than a dirty lens"
stops three times, never cleans lens.
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flag steviestokes (May 14, 2018 at 11:14) (Below Threshold)
 Scumbag Cathro
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 Blair the Mexican Scotsman!
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 Awesome video, I think a gimbal is a must in every wc track preview.
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 so no mud hole this year?
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 Insanely long track.
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 Looks like a 29er track for sure
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