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. JUNIOR MEN //WOMEN //MEN //