This is why we are the top DH nation in the World, we don't let a spot of rain put us off.
Sunday 29th May 2011. Location: Glencoe Managers Office, in attendance, Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Tracy Moseley, UCI Commissaires, Glencoe Resort Management, Dave Franciosy and Si Paton. More importantly a clean, unfolded white piece of A4 paper, freshly printed, the latest weather forecast.
In summary increasing winds with 80mph gusts forecasted with heavy rain falling.
The chief UCI domestic commissaire and myself walked the track top to bottom come the start of practice and by the time we were down to the finish arena a meeting was called. We had already witnessed gondolas hitting the lift towers and a few riders being blown almost off track.
Sion Whitecross on the gas, or should I say lighter fluid..
The chief UCI Commissaire made the call after listening to all the information presented and on safety grounds made the call to cancel the race. With the gondolas closed all day the option of a push up race was still not valid as the winds at the top were blustering at over 80mph. We ventured up the track after telling everyone the good/bad news (most were relieved!) to take the course tape and poles down. That in itself almost got canceled after one major gust took three of us clean off our feet.
The fastest window cleaner in Telford, Matt Simmonds is back to full strength with that ticky knee for CRC/Nukeproof
CRC/Nukeproof Nige Page, current Masters leader
The Atherton team truck is still standing at Glencoe carpark as I type this Monday morning. With the continuing high winds they are unable to take it down, they need a quiet spell. Hopefully the current weather situation in Scotland will settle down with the Fort William World Cup about to start. Word back from there is the chairlft has been closed for three days. Fingers crossed as I wouldn't fancy that as a push up race, would you? At least the mechanics wouldn't need to take the rollers up would they..
Santa Cruz Syndicate's Josh Bryceland rocking the gaffa taped 5.10s. Not quite the same picture of him as the cover boy poster for this round that got distributed.
Obviously no race results, so not much to write about.. Glencoe is 30minutes South of Fort William and the track is super tech and steep so if you like a challenge when traveling up to Fort William pop on by. The venue is a few hundred yards off the main road and the chairlift drops you 5 seconds from the start line. With a gentle gravity assisted roll down from the finish line for 20 seconds to the uplift again, winner! Just don't go there if it's windy!
In the meantime enjoy some nice pictures courtesy of Ian Maclennan.
Phil Attwill doing it for Saracen/Madison
Rachel Atherton will be at Fort William, no upside down forks on show today though
Sweden in the house, Robin Wallner getting warmed up for Fort William
Rhubarb managing to get his wheels off the ground between the gusts of wind
Fair play to all the riders, despite the awful weather conditions they battled on
SPS Syndicate and Masters ripper Chris Griffiths sporting his carbon V10 whilst checking out the track below
Jack Reading one of only a handful to clear the last jump
Glencoe has got some nice bits!
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