Entry List: Who Will be Racing at the Fort William World Cup?

May 17, 2022
by James Smurthwaite  
Rachel Atherton charging hard to the line to take her first win aboard her own bike brand in Fort William last season.

The entry lists are out for Fort William and it looks like we may be seeing a legend of the sport return in Rachel Atherton. Thanks to the commenters who have pointed out that Rachel has already said she won't be racing but we wonder if she might do some practice runs to test her fitness? Find out who else will be taking to the start line in Scotland below:



Junior Women




Junior Men




Elite Women




Elite Men




72 Comments

  • 81 2
 Dan Atherton back on the start list for Fort William! Now THIS is breaking news - it's been a decade since he raced UCI there - could he win this time?
  • 53 0
 I just hope if does race - he qualifies. That would be cool enough.
  • 7 0
 I have better question - how did he qualified? Aren't you supposed to have certain amount of points and perform in national and international races?
  • 50 2
 Theres one old guy in the field, born in 1981! Won here a few times in the past, can he pin the top section to challenge the flying Frenchies? I give you Mr. Fort William, on his home away from home track, The Goat - Greg Minnaar!
  • 32 3
 Greg Minnaar Podiums at Fort Bill: 2017 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (1st), 2016 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (1st), 2015 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (1st), 2011 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (1st), 2010 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (3rd), 2009 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (1st), 2008 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (1st), 2006 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (3rd) , 2005 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (2nd), 2004 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (1st) , 2003 FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (4th), by any definition The King of Fort William!
  • 9 0
 F man. Minnaar is the same age as me. Old guy... Frown
  • 26 0
 Laurie Arsenault rides DH?
  • 1 0
 No, its probably an error
  • 1 0
 Would be nice to see a multi-discipline racer. Or several of them!
  • 2 0
 @MarcusMTB: That would be pretty awesome. Jolanda seems like a good candidate to be able to do this haha.
  • 20 2
 I'm pretty sure she was talking on the gram yesterday about how she isn't ready yet. She said she wasn't strong enough to crash and that she really doesn't want to rehab again. Seems a little contradictive to being on the entry list? Maybe she's going to do some chill (but probably still faster than most pinkers) practice runs and get some exposure for the bike?
  • 2 0
 Haha 4 people writing pretty much the same in 2 minutes. Yeah it looks like she was debating wether to ride but decided she is not ready yet
  • 3 0
 @LaurensVR Thanks Laurens, I've amended the story now. Would be great to see her do some practice runs though!
  • 25 0
 @bashhard: Just as interesting is Dan Atherton's inclusion!
  • 2 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: Also, wouldn't she need UCI points to jump back into WC racing? I remember Peaty a few years ago in one of the Syndicate (or this is Peaty) series saying that heed needed to race smaller races to get enough points race WC. This was after he was coming back from injury.
  • 1 0
 @lbsteinm: I think she’s meant to be doing Rd 3 of the BDS next week. Or at least that’s what the organisers have said.
  • 1 0
 @lbsteinm: I think UCI Pro team members are qualified to start regardless. It is worse for the World Championships
  • 1 0
 @lbsteinm: I think that may have had to do with the Syndicate not being a UCI trade team that year. I remember some nonsense about them getting denied that qualification because their uniforms weren't in compliance or something. I don't think it would apply to Rachel since she's a member of the continental/atherton team.
  • 2 2
 Is she capable of dialing it back enough to do a chill run? Seems preprogrammed to go full gas.
Not only is she faster than the comments section, she’s also tougher. A few years back she had a spectator try to relocate her shoulder. Horrible!
youtu.be/C9GlWt4UODU
  • 22 0
 No Brendog ??
  • 21 0
 Spoiler:

Not me
  • 23 1
 Damn, I was rooting for you!
  • 10 0
 Time to change my fantasy team!
  • 9 0
 Well, you're hllclmbr, not dwnhllr.
  • 2 0
 @ullsen: mght b rdng fr cnyn cllctv, fr ll w knw
  • 21 0
 I hope Neko does well.
  • 16 0
 Never mind Rachel, but I see Dan Atherton is in the start list??
  • 4 0
 Fkn D-Ath holding down the Fort whilst G-Man is on the mend! I still remember his whistler EWS helmet cam from some years back as it blew my mind on how fast these pros can ride not to mention it sounds like he’s red lining it for 14 minutes. RoughAF.

youtu.be/StPeEgz5Cfo
  • 11 0
 i'm old enough to be everyone's dad on that list....i'd be a very proud dad btw
  • 4 0
 dito =)
  • 2 0
 My eldest was born in 2001...so Yes!
  • 7 0
 Even Gregs dad?
  • 5 0
 Man, you were precocious if you could be Greg's dad
  • 2 0
 @bashhard:

He would be my little ( tall ) brother.
  • 5 0
 ahh ok, apart from Greg...
  • 3 0
 My boys on the list, and I am!
  • 11 1
 Dan Atherton will get a top 20 place after not racing for years
  • 4 0
 I saw a video of him ripping apart some of his trails,the guy was flying in front of Bernard Kerr. He looks very strong and fast,he would do well I think and have a good time. But maybe he is there supporting the team and make a little noise.
  • 5 0
 Take a look at her insta stories. She says:
"But seriously I am no where near strong enough to race really, the risk is so much higher when you aren't physically as strong - crashing is inevitable & I fear I'm not strong enough yet to not get injured....
It's so tempting to race fort William and just have fun & ride, but I could crash at any time & if i got hurt I would be so angry with myself!
Not quiete ready yset....
Nearly but not quiete"
  • 8 0
 All the talk is about Rachel but did anyone else notice that Dan is on the start list?
Would be great to see him race again.
  • 9 0
 I heard some bloke called Nick Clark will be entering the race
  • 2 1
 Have a look on her IG, she said she doesn't feel strong enough to not get injured in a world cup. Might be wrong, but I'm not sure she's racing yet, but will be there, continuing to be utterly inspiring for women and riders everywhere.
  • 4 0
 I noticed I'm not on the list. Looks like someone is getting an easy win... /s
  • 1 0
 Damn. Don't think I've ever realized how many junior and elite men there are... Unless this is just abnormally high due to being in the UK and more privateers having a go. Hope there's no issues and complaints about getting up the mountain. I saw some long queues on the recent race there and that musta been fewer people presumably.
  • 3 0
 Never mind Rachel, the hypes about Louise Ferguson making a return to the Fort and will be racing against her old pal Mikayla! Excited!!
  • 2 0
 I'm sure on her Insta Story she dismissed returning due to not being strong enough at the moment... Would be totally rad to see her rip it up though!
  • 4 0
 I hope Gwin's front tire stays on the boardwalk this time!
  • 2 1
 But do you?
  • 2 0
 This hype shite about Atherton's is awesome totally deflects the attention and pressure off the flying Scotsman who will do his talking on race day ‍♀️
  • 3 0
 Insta stories checked hers has anyone?
  • 1 0
 Made a twitter community for talking about the race called ‘outside the tape’ Feel like there’s nowhere anymore to discuss the dh thats’s a proper place. Come join
  • 2 1
 Came here looking for Rachel and got the bonus news of Dan racing as well. It's just not the same without an Atherton on the hill.
  • 2 0
 I half expected Pidcock to appear on the list, he would more than likely be in the mix if he did.
  • 1 0
 Dan said he wished he could re-do his whole career on the new stamp large flat pedals. Hes going to come in and win one on flats!
  • 4 1
 …with baby in tow?
  • 11 0
 Yeah she's got one of those shotgun seats!
  • 9 0
 @melonhead1145: Trailer like DannyMac!
  • 3 0
 @melonhead1145: I believe its called a Mac Ride.
  • 2 1
 Awesome! Looking forward to seeing loads of these names at the British National at Llangollen the week after.
  • 3 0
 No Bulldog?
  • 4 0
 Yep Brooks on the list... got all our top dogs there for this one it's on!
  • 3 0
 @Kiwikev: Tuhoto is back :-)
  • 2 0
 Great field in the women's and men's... should be some awesome racing!
  • 1 0
 Has anyone checked her Instagram stories?
  • 1 0
 Really? We want to see her racing!
  • 1 0
 Question is - are these people on the fantasy list... Big Grin
  • 1 0
 The Rach is back. Dan giving it a go. Excited for the race!!
  • 1 0
 No Tahnee.
  • 1 0
 The queen is back.
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