It's been a wild summer so far, so many races and so many events and one highlight has to be the annual pilgrimage to our home World Cup and Pro Tour for the Nukeproof Squad in early June. In recent years, Nukeproof haven't had a full factory team there, with Team CRC-Mavic focusing on the Enduro World Series. The team always love the trip to Fort William though, with the racing, crowds and fans at the Nevis Range putting on an incredible atmosphere.
With the launch of the new Dissent downhill frame and Hope Factory Racing's Adam Brayton and Privateer Sandra Rubesam representing, plus CRC-Mavic enduro racer turned guest "World Cupper" Kelan Grant joining the ranks, we set up part pits/ part display up at the Nevis Range. With the filming restrictions, we couldn’t shoot on-site at the Downhill, but the story of that is well documented on what a brutal race it was!
Enjoy Tommy C of Caldwell Visual's take on Nukeproof not at the Fort William World Cup.
Fort William has always been more than a race, as it's a home round it's a true family affair, with family and friends coming up to support the riders. Be sure to check out Nigel Pages Son's Mini Mega- a custom-built full suspension masterpiece created by Nigel's close friend from the tubes of a 2012 Mega. Check out Nigel's bike check:
It's well documented in the Downhill, the wild weather causing havoc in the downhill field, it was a matter of survival (check out Adam Brayton's Instagram to view his huge OTB)
Kelan was out to have fun and taking no risks to make it safely through to next EWS. With the tough weather, only a handful of runs on his new Dissent 290 and the stacked field of talented pro's made it a tough challenge to qualify for the race.
After a huge OTB in practice, Adam somehow patched himself up and scored an incredible 30th overall. Sandra continued her consistent top results this season recording an awesome 9th place finish.
The Downhill is so much more than the race though, with 15000-20000+ fans traveling to the Highlands to get their Downhill World Cup fix in spite of the rain. Simply awesome Fort William, we salute you.
The Friday and Saturday played host to the UK's round of the 4x Pro Tour, with Enduro racer Elliott Heap returning for the fun joining Nukeproof's 4x World Championship medallists Luke Cryer & Natasha Bradley on the gates.
Elliott & Luke were going for qualification for the British team for World Champs, after Elliott's exciting debut in the sport 12 months earlier. For the women, Natasha Bradley was looking to make it 3 victories in Scotland in front of the awesome home crowd. Natasha duly dominated the women’s field with a masterclass of how to race, stoked for her to take the win overall.
Unfortunately, an injury in practice ruled Luke out, but Elliott once again put on a show, with amazing overtaking and whips and scrubs. With the tracks inside lines tapped out (Elliott was a master of overtaking on these in 201
Elliott wasn’t able to make all the passes required with his awesome on-track speed to make up for what he lost on the gate (after all he was using his 2018 Mega 275c). Still, he finished an awesome 7th overall amongst the 4X pros and put on an awesome show for the home crowd.
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