WE ARE LEGEND: Fort William WC Finals 2016

Jun 6, 2016
by Nathan Hughes  


Picture postcard weather, sold out gondola tickets and some of the biggest crowds Aanoch Mor has ever seen in its hosting history and we were already off to a legendary start in the Highlands. Add in the outrageous speed, monster crashes, kilts, cow bells, a handful of unicorns and not forgetting the legends themselves and Fort William was nothing short of an all-time race.

After 17 World Cup wins and a World Champion title, eleven years after taking the win in Scotland Steve Peat has finally hung up his boots, presumably wellies, at the mighty Fort. It's hard to believe we've seen him hurtling into a deafening finish arena here for the last time. We also witnessed Greg Minnaar storm the course on a run more ballistic than we could ever have expected... but then again we should have known better. Minnaar rode to a phenomenal double hat-trick of wins on this epic track and plowed still further into the record books as the greatest of all time. Meanwhile, Rachel Atherton secured one of the biggest winning margins in her career, over 12 seconds ahead of Tracey Hannah and a scorching 30 seconds faster than the tail end of the podium. Finn Iles took advantage of a particularly rough weekend for Madison Saracen with a commanding run and stole back the leaders in the juniors. Fort William also remembered Stevie Smith in a profound and moving tribute fit for a legend.

This was World Cup racing at its absolute finest.


Buffed and polished Troy Brosnan s weapon in ready for battle.
Buffed and polished to pink perfection; Troy Brosnan's machine all ready for battle.
Best bar ends ever
Best value for money bar ends ever?

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Dougie Fresh running with the indispensable 'sit test'

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Key times of the long day ahead at MS Mondraker.
WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Ex Trek World Racing buddies for life, George Brannigan and Laurie Greenland relaxing in the shade pre-race.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Mechanics Ben Arnott and John Hall face up to hundreds of keen race fans at the YT Mob corner.

We didn t get the note. Clearly we are doing it all wrong.
We didn't get the note... Clearly we are doing it all wrong.
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Eddie Masters taking some alone time in plain sight before a true 'YOLO' effort to back up his dream qualie.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Remy Morton pushing for seconds and style on a final practice lap.

Matin Maes was flying in practice but the arch jump bit him hard on his race run.
Martin Maes was flying in practice, but the arch jump bit him hard on his race run as it did for a fair few unfortunate others.

Danny Hart laying it flat in practice. Hart took third today but he was expecting more.
Danny Hart laying it flat in practice. Hart took third today, but he was expecting more.

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No point being fast if you can't look good doing it... Minnaar whips for the fans before finals.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
A Fort William breakthrough continues to elude Brendan even though he looks like an absolute animal on mostly every section of the track.

Reece Wilson sends it sideways in the early morning practice.
Scotland's Reece Wilson sends it sideways in the early morning practice.

Not Ratboy s day but he had plenty of fun non the less.
Not Ratboy's day, but he had plenty of fun none the less.



JUNIOR MEN //

Matt Walker suffered a crash then a flat in his race run and would give up his lead in the Junior title chase to Finn Iles.
Madison Saracen's Matt Walker suffered a crash, then a flat in his race run and would give up his lead in the Junior title chase to Finn Iles.
Matt Walker
Don't expect Walker, who took the fastest top split, to surrender the title fight anytime soon, though.

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Team GT's Jackson Frew, full gas for third.

Elliott Heap whips her out on the motorway on his race run. Heap took fifth today.
CRC's Elliott Heap whips her out on the motorway on his race run, taking fifth today.

Gaetan Vige finally lived up to all that potential taking 2nd in Junior Men.
Commencal Riding Addiction's Gaetan Vige finally lived up to all that potential taking 2nd in Junior Men.
Gaetan Vige nervously awaits the arrival of Finn Isles
Vige takes the hotseat and nervously awaits the arrival of his Canadian rival.

Despite missing Cairns due to injury Finn Isles leads the overall Junior rankings after taking his second win of the season here in Fort William.
Despite missing Cairns due to injury, Finn Isles leads the overall Junior rankings after taking his second win of the season here in Fort William.

Last man down in Juniors and Finn goes straight to the top.
Last man down in Juniors, and Finn goes straight to the top.
Finn soaks in the electric atmosphere of Fort William on his way to the podium.
Finn soaks in the electric atmosphere of Fort William on his way to the podium.



WOMEN //

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Going live in 3...2... Warner and Claudio talk the talk at arguably the biggest race of the year.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Last year's junior winner, Marine Cabirou, continues to build speed now in elite alongside her heroes.

Confident and smooth all week it was no surprise to see Tracey Hannah in 2nd today.
Confident and smooth all week, it was no surprise to see Tracey Hannah in 2nd today.

Manon Carpenter didn t have the run she wanted. But considering her illness earlier in the week third isn t too bad.
Manon Carpenter didn't have the run she wanted, but considering her illness earlier in the week, third isn't too bad.

Tracey greets Manon after her run.
Tracey greets Manon after her run.

Morgane Charre came fourth but like everyone else was a long way back in time to Rachel.
Morgane Charre rode to a brilliant fourth but much like everyone else, was a long way back in time to Rachel.

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An on-form Katy Curd flying into the arena and ready to make the Fort William podium for a second time.

Dominant is the only way to describe Rachel Atherton s racing right now taking her 9th consecutive WC win in a row.
Dominant is the only way to describe Rachel Atherton's racing right now, taking her 9th consecutive WC win in a row.

Rachel Atherton bringing it home for a roaring crowd. Atherton took win number three today.
Rachel Atherton bringing it home for a roaring crowd. Atherton took win number three today.

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Job done; 3 Fort William wins for Rachel and this one by an enormous margin. High fives.

Lot s of love for Steve Smith from everyone this weekend.
Lots of love for Steve Smith from everyone this weekend.

Tributes to Steve Smith were every where the air was charged with emotion.
Tributes were everywhere and the air felt super-charged with emotion.

Party on ladies.
Party on ladies.




MEN //

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Unicorns do exist... it just turns out their other-wordly beauty may have been exaggerated.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Scotty Mears might not have owned the motorway for speed, but he came, saw and conquered it for style.

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Downhill: sometimes it hurts.

To say all the pressure was on Gee today from the massive crowds would be an huge understatement. There is no one the UK fans want to see win more than Gee in Fort William
To say all the pressure was on Gee today from the massive crowds would be a huge understatement. There are few the UK fans want to see win more than Gee in Fort William.

Remi Thirion never looks ragged or out of shape despite his aggressive style. 9th today means that 23 board will be replaced with something quite a bit lower next week in Leogang.
Remi Thirion never looks ragged or out of shape despite his aggressive style. 9th today means that #23 board will be replaced with something quite a bit lower next week in Leogang.

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Thirion set the first of the 'serious' times, went into the hot-seat and hung on for top ten.

Best bar ever. longlivechainsaw
Best bar ever. #longlivechainsaw

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A beautiful top 20 at home for Kenta Gallagher.


Local hero Greg Williamson makes it two top 10 World Cup finishes in a row.
Local hero, Greg Williamson makes it two top 10 World Cup finishes in a row and total of three at the Fort.

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'Groundskeeper Willy' headed to his second best result of his career on home soil
WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Williamson for King and country... and Cube.

Alex Marin was on the move today and took thirteenth place. The young Giant rider has been making solid moves this season.
Alex Marin was on the move today and took thirteenth place. The young Giant rider has been making solid moves this season.

Brannigan was one of many to find his run ruined by the finish line jump.
George Brannigan was one of many to find a solid run ruined violently by the finish line jump.

George Brannigans hands after his crash.
Brannigan's hands in pieces after his monster crash.

Mick Hannah took twenty-third today and walked away from Fort Bill unscathed. We are stoked about that.
Mick Hannah took twenty-third today and walked away from Fort Bill unscathed. We are stoked about that.

Marcelo was looking strong with an 11th at the second split until a puncture unraveled his run just below the road gap
Marcelo was looking strong with an 11th at the second split until a puncture unraveled his run just below the road gap.

Being Steve Peats last race in Fort William the organizers had a surprise for him.
Being Steve Peat's last race in Fort William, the organizers had a surprise for him.

In the form of a few thousand Peaty faces
In the form of a few thousand Peaty faces

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Steve Peat boosting into the packed arena at 60kph, just one more time.

No one got louder cheers from the crowd than their long time hero Steve Peat.
No one got louder cheers from the crowd than their long time hero, Steve Peat.

That s it that s all in Fort William for the King.
That's it, that's all in Fort William for the King.

First year Elite and defending Junior World Champ Laurie Greenland uncorked a scorcher today to grab 8th... Just 1.5 seconds off the podium
First year Elite and defending Junior World Champ, Laurie Greenland uncorked a scorcher today to grab 8th...

Laurie Greenland was charging hard and and it payed off. Laurie took eight place today.
Greenland was charging hard and it payed off... Just 1.5 seconds off the podium.

Rounding to the top 10 was Connor Fearon.
Rounding out the top 10 was the ever-consistent Connor Fearon.

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Thinking outside the box.

After a flat in qualifying Greg Minnaar would come down ahead of the big guns to take the hot seat by over 8 seconds.
After a flat in qualifying, Greg Minnaar would come down ahead of the big guns to take the hot seat by over 8 seconds.

Greg Minnaar can make time like no other on the bottom of this track. He s the winningest racer of all time for a reason.
Greg Minnaar can make time like no other on the bottom of this track. He's the winningest racer of all time for a reason.

After Greg s incredible run the crowd went silent as the UCI gave a ghost run in memory of Stevie Smith. In a venue so accustomed to defining noise it was a treat to reflect on the life of an incredible human with not a sound in the air.
After Greg's incredible run the crowd went silent as the UCI gave a ghost run in memory of Stevie Smith. In a venue so accustomed to defining noise it was a treat to reflect on the life of an incredible human with not a sound in the air.

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R.I.P.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
The thousands fell silent to honour the late Stevie Smith in a moving tribute approved by RedBull TV and the UCI.

It was emotional few moments for a lot of riders especially those already in the finish arena.
It was an emotional few moments for a lot of riders, especially those already in the finish arena.

The air was charged with emotion today. Steve you are sorely missed.
The air was charged with emotion. Steve, you are sorely missed.

Luca Shaw was stylish in practice and like a bullet on his race run. The young American took sixth today.
Luca Shaw was stylish in practice and like a bullet on his race run. The young American took sixth today and is on course for one hell of a season.

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Danny prepares to drop in on what he hopes will be the run of his life. In the end it wasn't to be his day and he had to settle for another mere podium.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
The Ratboy's wait for top result at the Fort must wait another year.

Troy always seems to do well in Fort William no matter the conditions and he battled his way onto the podium once again.
Troy always seems to do well in Fort William no matter the conditions, and he battled his way onto the podium once again.

A man on a mission to pad his points lead in the overall Aaron Gwin was pinned all the way down the track and for a moment looked like he was going to give Greg a serious run for the money. In the end though it was not enough and he would have to settle for 2nd spot just over three seconds back.
A man on a mission to pad his points lead in the overall, Aaron Gwin was pinned all the way down the track and for a moment looked like he was going to give Greg a serious run for the money. Ultimately, however, he would have to settle for 2nd spot, just over three seconds back.


Rachel s reaction as she watched Gee s crash on the big screen in the finish arena. While his crash may not have looked that severe on the live feed believe us when we say he took a big slam in one of the gnarlier rock sections and his status for next weekend is questionable.
Rachel's reaction as she watched Gee's crash on the big screen in the finish arena. Taking a big slam in one of the gnarlier rock sections, his status for next weekend is now questionable.

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Gee Atherton wanted his third Fort William win badly and this one will hurt because he knew he had the speed.


WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Atherton's face showing the pain of massive crash in the rocks, a lung-busting sprint on the motorway and a possible victory thrown away.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Out of nowhere after two rounds of struggle, Greg Minnaar swoops in for the win, this time with one of the best runs of his entire career. He was pushing like we've never seen and this incredible win will mean a lot to Greg in memory of Stevie.

Fort William has been good to Greg Minnaar.
As always the crowds delivered in Fort William, and once again it was Greg Minnaar putting on the biggest show.

Troy and Danny exchange war stories post race.
Troy and Danny exchange war stories post race.
Gwinny didn t pull of the win but he a strong run today and keeps the leaders pate.
Gwinny didn't pull off the win, but he laid down yet another strong run this afternoon to hold on to the leader's plate.

Minnaar This one is for you Stevie.
Minnaar! This one is for you Stevie. Greg salutes the crowd with the chainsaw flag.

Even Stevie Smith got one more taste of victory champagne today in Fort William.
As close as we got to rain this year at Fort Bill. Shout out to the weather gods for helping create one of the best Highland experiences in many years.

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Gas-to-podium. An incredible qualifier backed up with the run of Adam Brayton's life. Was it sketchy? Yep. Was it awesome? Most definitely.

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The G.O.A.T. goes one further and secures a mind-boggling double hat-trick of wins at Fort William.

Just hanging in the stand Greg Minnaar s V-10 looks fast.
Even hanging in the stand, Greg's V10 looks fast.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
A parting gift from the Fort, 11 years and a lot of memories after Peaty's big highland win.

Doing Stevie proud today.
Doing Stevie proud today.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
No cigar for the Redcar rocket, but there's always next year or hell, next round.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
Cheers to still leading the series... Aaron Gwin continues to lead out the pack heading into round 4, Brosnan and Hart his closest competitors.

WE ARE LEGEND Fort William WC Finals 2016
We could all be that fast if only we had the right bike! Bike marketing from the best riders in the world at its most lethal...


MENTIONS: @natedh9 / @mdelorme / @davetrump




170 Comments

  • + 192
 My oh my, so many great characters in mtbing. I love this sport! #longlivechainsaw
  • + 134
 STEVIE #1+. Minnaar #1....was already a fan of his...after today...what a seriously top shelf, class act. Proud to be a Mountain Biker. Lots of other awesome today as well...but I leave it at that for now...
  • + 36
 A real gent. Honest and fast.
  • + 15
 what an event, truly awesome on so many levels
  • + 30
 Could not be better winner for honours steve's memory in my opinion.
Minaar with it's long success alive trajectory, open heart & care& aproach to everyone sums up perfectly the spirit of downhill racing.
  • + 9
 Seriously, Peaty and Minnaar are truly class acts in addition to being legends. Right on boys!
  • + 83
 Nice Onza DHFs
  • + 11
 that sponsorship is working out real well for him....
  • + 9
 @kev1n: what must onza be thinking watching this pic Big Grin
  • + 2
 @RedBurn: That they should be buying him as many sharpies as he needs.
  • + 3
 They should at least change out the tire or wheel before presenting it on the podium/stage!
  • + 2
 Is that a HRII rear?
  • + 52
 Race of Legends! Stevie, Peaty & Greg!
  • + 32
 And Rachel.
  • + 4
 @vinay: Rachel isn't a legend. Legends exist in parallel with others, Rachel stands alone. The entire field hasnt been anywhere near her for years. Eventually age will claim her just like it does everyone eventually but I think thats a long way away. It would be nice to see a challenge in the womens division but I cant see it happening soon.
  • + 2
 @ReverseKanga: I didn't quite look at it from that angle. She now has won nine WC DH races in a row (aside from BDS, nationals and worlds) and I thought Rob Warner said that by doing so she has equaled a record set by AC Chausson. I agree that she is currently (that is, if she doesn't carry injuries) untouchable.
  • + 35
 dayyyumm good job PB and the photographers. epic rundown once again!
  • + 29
 The winningest "male" racer of all time Wink
  • + 42
 C´mon don´t start this again.
After Gee crashed and rode down the rest of the track safe, he was still faster than Rachel so it is fair to say just winningest racer to Minaar.
  • + 69
 Winnaar!!
  • + 10
 @spirit-of-enduro: if you work out section times gee actually had a respectable run despite being injured.
  • - 41
flag jaame (Jun 6, 2016 at 3:37) (Below Threshold)
 Minnaar is a living legend but he's not the goat yet. Give up on the winningest bs for a while because Vouilloz still has more wins.
  • + 31
 @jaame: Pretty sure Vouilloz has 16, Peaty has 17 and Minnaar has 19.
  • + 9
 @Mini-Pinner: I think NV has 10 world champ wins as well
  • - 12
flag jaame (Jun 6, 2016 at 4:34) (Below Threshold)
 Total cat one wins Nico has 23. Until Greg beats that, and it's entirely possible he will, he's not the goat.
  • + 37
 @jaame: it's understood and also mentioned by Rob and Claudio at this last race, that DH racing has only gotten harder and more competitive since Nicos days. Nico didn't really race much in the mid to late 2000s against Hill, Barrel, Peaty, Minnar, etc. Or the 20teens against Gwin, Smith, Hart, Etc. The talent and speed has increased and it's recognized by guys (former WC racers) like Rob and Claudio and that's good enough for me. GOAT is apt.
  • - 16
flag jaame (Jun 6, 2016 at 5:55) (Below Threshold)
 @atrokz: Results are worth more than opinions. You can't argue with the numbers.

Don't get me wrong, Greg is an awesome racer, awesome rider and all round awesome dude. I think he's a hero and might well go on to become the "winningest" racer in the future (even though that isn't a word).

Just spare us the hyperbole please pinkbike. When he has more wins than Vouilloz, who for the record I was never really a fan of, then by all means start calling him the goat.
  • + 13
 @jaame: it isn't just pinkbike as I pointed out. Both Claudio and Rob pointed out the same thing yesterday, illustrating that the period Minnar is racing in is significantly more competitive than the 90s and early 2000s when Nico was winning, plus Minnar has more WC wins. I understand that he hasn't won as much, but he has won more WC races I guess.
  • - 5
flag jaame (Jun 6, 2016 at 6:52) (Below Threshold)
 @atrokz: I'm not pissing on Greg. I'm just stating that they are factually incorrect to call him the winningest racer, because he hasn't got as many wins as Nico.

Who is the goat I guess is a matter of opinion. I wouldn't bet against Nico though if he was racing in his prime in this era. You can only ride the bikes they give you against the blokes who turn up on that track on that day. When he did that, he racked up 23 wins against the best in the world at that time. 23 is more than 19.
  • + 11
 @jaame: if you're counting world champs wins too then Minnaar is on 22 in total. He's probably got a lot more podiums than Vouilloz.
  • + 9
 @EuanBisset145: That's an excellent point. 22 against 23. When Minnaar has racked up two more, I will wholeheartedly agree that he is the goat and the winningest racer ever.
  • - 8
flag AaGro (Jun 6, 2016 at 7:43) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: Greg, Nico, ACC, Rach...it's all academic.

There is only one Greatest Of All Time and he was Muhammad Ali.
  • + 2
 @AaGro: he was the greatest boxer of all time.. in the same way rossi is the goat as far as motorbike racing is concerned..
  • + 28
 @ad15: i am a goat. GotOldAndTired
  • + 9
 @jaame: Nico won 16 World Cups and 10 World Championships which includes 3 Junior World Championships. So let's say 7. He was most definetly the most dominant male racer ever, but Minnaar has more World Cup wins. Can't deny that. And you can't deny as well that the competition now a days is way bigger.
  • + 15
 Jesus Christ with the bickering... just enjoy the day and the sport.
  • + 5
 @jaame: stop being a douche. Greg is the G.O.A.T. plain and simple.
  • + 9
 @atrokz: I think that does a disservice to the riders of that era. It was as competitive then as it is now within the context of a respective era.

More impressive is Minnaar's staying power across one if not two "generations" of downhill.

Vouilloz's collection of World Champs jerseys is one of the top feats in cycling history. Only a mechanical in 2000 kept that from being an 11-year dominance from junior through elite ranks.
  • + 1
 There is no GOAT in mountain biking. It's a stupid thing to call someone. It denies the nature of how sports work. Athletes compete during different times with different levels of competitiveness, the sport itself changes, and it presumes to know that there won't be someone better in the future. Celebrate Greg's achievements for what they are, but quite with the goat talk.
  • + 3
 @headshot: 3 of the 10 Nico won were junior world championship titles
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 @jaame: Technically speaking Rachel is the winningest racer ever at the moment Wink No doubt she'll go onto win the rest of this years WC's as long as she doesn't run into technical difficulties/crashes!
  • + 0
 The medicine is for Goat. I not understand Goat.
  • - 5
flag jaame (Jun 6, 2016 at 16:06) (Below Threshold)
 @Jack-McLovin: yes but she's a woman and no one really cares about that, as is evidenced by the quantity of discussion about the women. No offence to the girls.
  • - 1
 @ad15: To be the greatest of all time you must transcend your niche sport. Ali - obviously, Jordan - probably, Pele - maybe.

Any mountain biker? Nope. Probably half of the people riding mountain bikes don't know who Minaar is.
  • + 3
 @Jack-McLovin: She's still trying to catch a certain Anne-Caroline Chausson if I'm not mistaken. If not, then I am mistaken.
  • + 1
 @sewer-rat: the newest hash tag right there! #Winnaar
  • + 0
 @jaame: but science is behind her
  • + 5
 @jaame: seriously dude did you read that back before you hit submit! I for one care about women in our sport. Especially being a sport that is male dominated. I have respect for Rachel as an athlete, an ambassador and as a woman. She's a role model to women and men who ride...........do you have a girlfriend /wife or a sister or mother? If so read your comment to them and see what response you get. Show some respect.
  • + 4
 @slowrider73: ^ spot on comment, for me the women races have been some of the best over recent years (even more exciting to tune in than the men IMO), especially having some great homegrown talent in there.
  • + 26
 That photo of all the Peaty masks is amazing. Top work again Pinkbike.
  • + 21
 Sorry, but who can explain the logical connection between Stevie and chainsaw?
  • + 1
 Go back and watch all the video footage you can find with him in, the question will be answered for you...
  • + 29
 Ah, typical PB - giving a user negative props for asking a legitimate question. Do you think for a second that the guy honestly wants to know? He's not being disrespectful
  • + 6
 @ad15: Alright, if short answer to man is difficult.
  • + 9
 @AndRiEL: eesh, i did think about just explaining but figured you'd actually enjoy it more to watch the footage..

my take, short answer, he rips through the trees, literally... kinda like a chainsaw...



i could be wrong
  • + 19
 "a nickname World Cup commentator Rob Warner had coined for Smith’s loose riding style in his earlier races"
  • + 1
 @YoKev: thank you for correcting me
  • + 17
 @YoKev: I have fond memories from the Freecaster days of a drunk Rob Warner introducing each rider with a unique nickname. Canadian Chainsaw Massacre, The Vulcan (Gee), Wind Assassin (Hill) were some of my favourites.

For reference and guaranteed laughs, watch Hill's run in Bromont, 2008: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMHmywb225g
  • + 11
 @brownies: lol, this is awesome commenting))) One day maybe we will listening to the drunk Gracia, i think it could be nice too?))

@ad15 Thank you! Now it is more clear.
  • + 3
 @brownies: Haha, I always thought Sam's was The Winged Assassin. The Vulcan was a hilarious and accurate name for Gee!
  • + 6
 Went through a few nicknames, used to be 'Sender Steve' for a bit, then Chainsaw stuck. If you've ever seen him ride live, it's understandable why. The kid was hitting lines at MSA that nobody else was, ripping through the woods tearing it down. You hear the same impressions from anyone who watched him race, that he was just raw speed and skill.
  • + 20
 So stoked for Greg, such a top guy!
  • + 17
 So so soo glad I was there to experience this World Cup for my first World Cup. What a weekend, proberbly best weekend of my life.
  • + 14
 I am so proud that I followed my heart and gave up motorized vehicles 25 years ago. Yup......I fell in love with mountain biking and now being part of such an emotional moment honouring Chainsaw while my hero sat on the hot seat was a priceless moment. I have the ultimate respect for everyone that came down that mountain and everyone in attendance at the Fort and on line. Mad respect to Pinkbike and it's coverage. RIP mister Smith.
  • + 2
 Whats up Marsh!
  • + 2
 @atrokz: emo dude. Steve....Kelly...the list grows
  • + 4
 @madmon: I hear you Marsh. The tribute run yesterday was something I never thought the UCI would do, and I was amazed and impressed they did it. Love that Minaar won, as he seemed emotional from it all. Put water in my eyes.
  • + 17
 Crank Brother wheels at Fort William?!!!!get the f out of here!how many of them did Remy go through this weekend?
  • + 4
 Not even joking. The wheelset that I rode and raced on this weekend is my original set of wheels which I received from the crank brothers factory in January, 5 months of riding, which includes 2 months in Queenstown, ( wheels seen on my latest Queenstown edit, visit my profile), crankworx NZ. An Australian national round, Australian champs, Lourdes World Cup, cairns World Cup and fort William World Cup, I also rode the fort William track a few days prior to the event on the same set, that is just the events I've done though there is also a lot of riding at home with them too,

I was curious to see how they would hold up as I've never ran a wheel less then 28 spoke in the past, although I've been kinda mind blown as I'm not the easiest rider on my wheels and have had quite the reputation for destroying wheels in the past.....

The Crankbrothers wheels are quite pricey but when you put to consideration how much you would be spending on replacing poor Quilty rims the cost becomes more of considerable.

Plus they make your bike look gangster assss!

(This isn't just a story to make my sponsors happy too) this is 100% the truth.they are the best wheels I've ever ran.
  • + 1
 @RemyMorton: I guess because its you commenting ill have to take it a little easier on my buddy for riding crankbrother wheels.that blows my mind you haven't destroyed them.
  • + 16
 Holy! Braytons run was soo loose!!
  • + 5
 Looser than Sid James' ball bag? aaahhh, those were the days....
  • + 15
 I guess building the XXL v10 based on Ft. William was a good start. Congratulations Greg, you truly are a class act.
  • + 14
 MAES broke his wrist by going OTB like George ... So much crashes this year
  • + 4
 That jump is poorly designed; I do not understand how the pros have a crash there.
  • + 3
 @torero: they must be so tired from the pedaling section .... Sad
  • + 4
 ouch, broken wrist is bad news. Heal fast, Martin. Any footage of the crash?
  • + 6
 Agree with others. A, the riders are tired and B, the jump lends itself to nose-diving. Noticable though that Minnaar, Gee (injured) and Gwin were faultless over it Only my opinion.
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flag Lagr1980 (Jun 6, 2016 at 4:33) (Below Threshold)
 if its poorly designed for you, take the chicken line..its a world cup circuit, dont question the jumps...
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 «My run was pretty good until the jump at the end that sent me over the bars, I know I'm not the only one though so hopefully they can sort that jump for next year!».
Brannigan
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 @john260164: oprobably cause of the speed they carry
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 @yxbix: I stopped to chat with him after the race, he was chill even with a bust wrist! Got a clip of the crash here: instagram.com/p/BGU_kSDDbhA
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 Was wondering if it was because of the ridiculously unscottish weather resulting in higher speeds and making the angle wrong? Was it Brayton or Williamson who skipped it (local knowledge maybe)? Those who nailed it pulled a shape, loads who stayed straight were close to otb
  • + 1
 @frankwizza: Williamson rolled around the hip..

4+ min into a grueling run is a tough place to hit a jump like that. Something about hitting something in training and then hitting the same thing in your race run, too.
  • + 9
 The noisiest place on planet earth ....to the most silent...goosebumps, a shiver, and something in my eye I don't think anyone who was there will ever forget that eerie run down the track followed by an eruption of noise and emotion....rip Stevie smith.
  • + 3
 I was in the finish arena for stevie's run and you're right, it is somethint that will never be forgotten. The crowd was so wild up til then and then all of a sudden, silence. Felt so proud to be part of the mtb community during such an emotional moment #longlivechainsaw
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 Pretty cool that the idea was born in the comments of Pinkbike and brought to life in less than a month for Fort Bill. For all the crap we give UCI, I'm glad they and Redbull made this happen. Thank you. The best way to honour a hero that will not be soon forgotten. Go Stevie!
  • + 9
 I'd trade a nut to see Rachel Atherton and ACC in their prime racing against each other. They were both on a different level just at different times in history. That being said I'd bet on ACC.
  • + 3
 Athletes in all sports have come a long way from their counterparts decades ago, especially in new sports like mtb as not many women would have done it back then. Performances are just at another level nowdays. Rachel would win, hands down.
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 @Joebro1995: Going to have to disagree. IMO the women's field had far more depth in 2001 than it does now. The time gap at the 2001 World Champs between 1st and 10th was 13 seconds. Yesterday the gap was 40 seconds. You can't argue that it's the same level of competition. The technology makes Rachel fast but if ACC had the same tech she would've been faster.
  • + 7
 @Joebro1995: Oh and ACC won the BMX Olympic gold for shits and giggles.
  • + 13
 You would honestly trade a testicle just to two people race MTB? What else would you trade a nut for... I'm curious about your nut trading standards
  • + 5
 @marcsb95c: Well obviously I'm more hardcore than you are. Do you even enduro, brah? :p
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 @Powderface: Never mind technology, athletes are just better these days. How many women rode mtb back then? Very, very few I'd say. Compared to now, where there is orders of magnitude more.
  • + 9
 Brayton's run was bloody amazing! We finally found out what happens when he manages not to crash! Such a rad guy...always on the edge!
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 I've been waiting to see that run for quite some time myself. Racing can be a cruel mistress...glad he finally broke thru - at Ft. Bill, no less!!
  • + 8
 Seeing minaar get emotional was really good for the sport. We are all connected in this community no matter if you're a pro or a weekend warrior. Missing Stevie only emphasis his character and legacy.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 7, 2016 at 5:36) (Below Threshold)
 That sounds like you could capitalize on it Big Grin next race: be emotional abour Chainsaw again. It is good for the sport!

Honestly I hope people will give Stevie some rest now...
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 @WAKIdesigns: once in a while you really should just say nothing.... rather than trying to be the funny or crazy guy or just to stir the pot for fun... how about a moment of silence from you and some respect ?
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 @WAKIdesigns: it's ok to grieve for as long as anyone needs to. It's not based on your opinion. I'll never ever forget Steve smith and how excited he got me every time his name came up at the start line.
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 Man, Dannys not a looker but I love that guy
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 He reminds me of that little creature by the side of Marlon Brando in Island of Doctor Moreau. But yes, he is easily likeable
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 Yeah but i bet he gets da ladeez with that mo!
  • + 4
 What a toptastic day@ Fort William! Weather and crowd basted in full-hearty goodness. Track was so dusty and I saw & heard Minnaar crack his rear carbon rim in morning practice. He radioed to the crew for a spare and carried on riding down. Da-Nuts.

Cmon BBC .. this is pure spectator sport at its best !
  • + 5
 superb day, mega hot (too hot),one of the best events you can go to in scotland even if your not into mtb ,greg's winning run was rapid ,troy let the side down for me made being a specialized boy myself!! but thats racing.
  • + 6
 Hot and windy = no midges, woohoo!
  • + 2
 Be careful what you wish for, do you really want it to be cold and windy and wet like last year?
  • + 9
 G.O.A.T!
  • + 6
 is Gwin rocking a blacked out DHF in the front? Guess he doesn't like e*13's tire options
  • + 7
 I thought he rode for Onza
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 Gwin is sponsored by onza tires. Both maxxis and onza are made by CST.
  • + 1
 Looks like a HRII rear as well.
  • + 6
 Some absolutely amazing images in there. I wish I was capable of that level of DH photography
  • + 4
 It´s pretty amazing that the v-10 has virtually been the same model for some many years and still works so amazingly well, maybe it´s proff that they should stop changing designs so much and work on the existing ones!!!!
  • + 4
 It's had some geometry tweaking despite looking relatively the same
  • + 6
 There have been changes to geometry, sizing, materials, frame shape, suspension kinematics, shock length, pivot locations, travel length, sizes, etc. Literally everything has been tweaked and changed via an evolutionary methodology vs a revolutionary one, similar to how 911's may look all similar but they are all different and improved. I'm sure some aircooled weirdo will take offense to the 911 comparison, stating that the 993 was the best.
  • + 1
 @atrokz: I know it has, but it just stands out how it still is the same design, and it looks almost the same and other brands change their models completely every couple years
  • + 6
 Holy shit! What a weekend, now time to explore the rest of Scotland!
  • + 2
 It sure is a great race! Rachel and Greg's wins, Peaty's last race at Ft. William and Stevie's ghost run!

One question, doesn't Peaty own 17 World Cup wins instead of 14 which is mentioned in the article?
  • + 1
 Greg killed it, it looked like he was pedaling more than anyone and super smooth.

Some guys hit the deck hard and still rode all the way down. Perhaps it would be better to just have them DNF in the name of safety? The guy that face planted hard on the upper section yet still rode down the rest of the track is a good example.
  • + 2
 Brannigan walking away from his horrific crash is a highlight of this race for me. Kudos as well to his carbon Renthal bars which stayed intact even after being walloped on impact.
  • + 4
 I've seen a lot of Eddie Masters' videos, but his performance at this world cup really made me laugh!
  • + 3
 Dominant is the only way to describe Rachel Atherton's racing right now, taking her 9th consecutive WC win in a row. the dept of redundancy dept called...
  • + 5
 Good to see Adam brayton stepin it up
  • + 3
 Simply beautiful recap. The unicorn caption was one among many that were brilliant. Thanks PB!
  • + 1
 Minnaar is top notch when it comes to setting up his bike, when it comes to a track that is so close due to the fact of being on the circuit for years it makes the difference. And he's fast as a fat kid on a smartie.
  • + 2
 Jasper jasper jasper jasper jasper!!!!!!!!! Cheers to burgtec guys for lending me a bike for my man jasper???????????????? haha brilliant weekend
  • + 2
 Not sure why it's put all them question marks in
  • + 1
 @albrow22: If you used emoticons from certain mobile device platforms, they often show up as ????????s
  • + 3
 Minnaar doesn't seem to be running the puncture resistant strip on the rear.
  • + 4
 what an epic race, hope Gees hand is ok for next weekend, looked sore as
  • + 1
 check out my write up, not as fancy as the pros but who doesn't love more pics!! Theres one from Lourdes too.... double win!!

1behindthetape.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/costa-del-bill
  • + 1
 Congratulations Luca Shaw! Looking forward to watching your progression, here is to a fast and healthy season. Making NC. proud!
  • + 3
 Minnaar is one class act. Hats off to you sir!
  • + 2
 Incredible to see how they honoured Stevie. Thanks to the UCI and Redbull for his memorial run.
  • + 1
 So sad to see some of the riders have fallen for the neck brace propaganda. Wonder how much they were paid to wear them. Good luck with that.
  • + 2
 Stoked to see Greg Minnaar take the win~~~

One of my fave riders and glad to see he's focused and ready for this season~
  • + 2
 So many words can..an cannot express..........gaddam i love this sport..MTB for life
  • + 2
 Wow!! So many great shots!! So gutted not to be there this weekend, it looked rad.
  • + 3
 Awesome! So excited to see Minnaar back on top!
  • + 4
 F11 and enjoy
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 What an insane weekend! #LongLiveChainsaw
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 Amazing result Laurie!!!! keep em coming
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 Wich wheels brand have Remy Morton on his bike? Thx
  • + 7
 Crank Brothers. He was running them all summer in Quernstown.
  • + 4
 Crank brothers wheels, the set I ran this weekend I have been using since January. One set and still going as strong as ever!! Highly recommend them
  • + 2
 Those are some good looking Onza Minions on Gwinn's bike
  • + 2
 How are the points stacking up now for the overall?
  • + 1
 Gutted for Gee, he gets a lot of stick for taking things more seriously, but it very well might have paid off yesterday.
  • + 2
 Amazing Race!
  • + 1
 @nathanhughes really enjoyed this write up.. Great job..stunning pics
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 @nathanhughes really enjoyed this write up.. Great job..stunning pics
  • + 1
 Danny's looking good this year.
  • + 1
 @nathanhughes really enjoyed this write up.. Great job..stunning pics
  • + 1
 Minnaar again my idol!!
  • + 0
 Who rode Stevie's bike down?
  • + 6
 No one. They did a ghost run which was very cool to see. Timer beeping then the cameras following a would-be route with an empty track and quiet. Well, quiet until the finishing corral. It was a nice tribute. Smile
  • + 5
 @garcmol: it was completely silent in the finish area for the whole run (apart from a baby crying) then just erupted when the pictures got to the last few jumps, the tv sound doesn't pick up just how mental it was going from nothing to a wall of sound! The ground was shaking it was that loud. One of those moments that stays with you forever, regardless of whether you were a Stevie fan or not.
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 @DaMilkyBarKid: Got it on camera. Touching moment youtu.be/8tr1bScU7W0
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 @DaMilkyBarKid: That's awesome!
  • + 1
 Was a bit eerie, all the noise to silence. Then all almighty noise again. Between that and Marc Wallace coming over the line to "Bring him home like he's 1 of your own" Not an emotional person but I did get a few goosebumps. Was good to see Martyn Ashton as well.
  • + 0
 Where i can get this flag ???
  • + 1
 Great photos!!!
  • - 3
 Minnar got a brake in the wind. Litterally. Those 2 middle sections were untouchable by the entire field? No way. A wins a win, but thats why he won.
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