The Essential Guide to the Fort William DH World Cup 2018

May 28, 2018 at 10:41
by Farah Ahmed  


“Blows the wind to-day, and the sun and the rain are flying,
Blows the wind on the moors to-day and now,
Where about the graves of the martyrs the whaups are crying,
My heart remembers how!

Grey recumbent tombs of the dead in desert places,
Standing stones on the vacant wine-red moor,
Hills of sheep, and the howes of the silent vanished races,
And winds, austere and pure:

Be it granted me to behold you again in dying,
Hills of home! and to hear again the call;
Hear about the graves of the martyrs the peewees crying,
And hear no more at all.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson, 1895




Aaron Gwin roars into the finish line as the massive crowd roars right back. The fans here in Fort William really are second to none on the Word Cup circuit.


Beauty and the beast of a track.
Unfortunately a giant mud bog stood in the way of Tahnee Seagrave as she tried to capitalize on Rachel Atherton s absence.

It seems to have been an age since our eyes were glued to a very sunny start to the 2018 DH World Cup season over in Lošinj, Croatia. In fact it’s been five whole weeks; how cruel for us downhill-loving sports fans?!

Despite the drought, our thirst for action can finally be quenched when we see us return to an old favourite this weekend, the Fort William DH World Cup.

Goodbye sunbleached tourists traps. Hello windswept, driech (that’s Scottish for a combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather) and rugged mountainside. Despite its being one of the most remote venues on the calendar, Brits in the thousands turn up and giver’; kilts, bagpipes, an appreciation for Scottish whiskey… As Robert Louis Stevenson's poem about the Scottish Highlands describes, this place has something heart-stirring about it.

Dear Fort William, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this weekend.




The Track



New World Cup woods section. Credit: Ben Cathro

The Fort William race track is one of the oldest on the current racing calendar. It’s had a few changes over the years to continue to make it challenging for the riders, and other improvements that have catered to spectators and TV cameras alike. The track is on Aonach Mor, the ninth highest mountain in the UK, and is approximately 2.8km long. Expect the weather to play a factor too. Being so close to the sea and on the exposed Grampian mountain range, the weather here can change as fast as you can say “Dà ghloinne uisge-beatha mas e do thoil e” (that’s “Two whiskeys please” in Gaelic).

Bar a few sections, the Fort William track can be ridden by Joe Public outside of the World Cup week when it is closed off for the world’s elite.

From the top of the gondola station you can see the UK’s tallest peak, Ben Nevis, and the sea lochs of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, but with the weather often being what it can be at that altitude, you’ll be lucky to see the start hut. From the get-go, spectators have a great vantage point of 555 metres of racing as the track winds itself down the exposed hillside, over big rock slabs, boardwalks, and twists and turns.

Further down the track, riders get into the treeline, and dart in and out of the pines that scatter the hillside. Here, there's a slight change for 2018 where once the track shot down in between tightly packed trees. Last year, due to the rainwater washing through it, that part of the track became a nightmare, even for the some of the top elites. This year, to make the track more sustainable and not to mention less of a roulette wheel of fortune, the builders have diverted the route and added in a new rock garden. The British National was held at Fort William a few weekends ago, and ex-World Cup racer turned YouTuber Ben Cathro gave us a taste of what is in store for riders this weekend.

This was a very common occurrence. In fact three high profile riders in Brendan Fairclough Mark Wallace and Eddie Masters both had the exact same crash seconds apart.
One of the wooded section last year caught a number of high profile riders out.
Catching Matt Simmonds in 3 2 1...
Changes this year have been made.

No doubt the majority of the 22,000 expected spectators this weekend will be lining the track towards the bottom section which is known as the Motorway. Here riders are really getting their Gs in when they take the last few remaining bends before the big jumps that bring riders down to the finish line. Legs will be aching by then but speed and flow are essential to enable riders to gain as much advantage as possible, having perhaps lost a few tenths of a second in the flat wood section prior to this one.

Once riders have the finish line in their sights, it’s a couple more seconds of flying time over the 4X race track, and if their ears haven’t been blown away by the noise of the spectators in the finish corral (think as much shouting as humanly possible, mixed with rattles, drums, trumpets, airhorns, and the occasional bagpipe), they will have completed one of the most physically demanding races of the season.




What Happened At The Last Round


Some brutal-looking crashes aside (Brook Macdonald was one of those riders who reminded us all how tough this sport is), our first visit to Losinj was a spectacle for race fans. Despite being a short track, one can’t imagine the riders wanting to endure the pain for any longer than they had to. All in all, it was a fantastic venue to kick off the 2018 season.

In the Elite Women’s field, Myriam Nicole made a good first impression, securing a 3.5 second lead ahead of the woman-to-beat, Rachel Atherton. Tahnée Seagrave secured the third podium step, while Marine Cabirou and Cécile Ravanel made it a French fourth and fifth respectively.

One turn to go for Myriam Nicole as she lays down the fastest time of the day.
Street racing in Croatia; Nicole puts the pedal to the metal (so to speak).
The top 5 Women celebrate a job well done in Croatia .
Champagne all round.

Meanwhile, in the Elite Men’s race, Aaron Gwin showed us yet again how he can dominate not only on the oldest but also the newest of tracks. He even pulled a few fellow Americans in his tow; Luca Shaw (finished second), and Dakota Norton (finished fifth). Australia and New Zealand didn’t do too badly either, with Dean Lucas finishing up in third place, and Sam Blenkinsop taking fourth spot.

Aaron Gwin put all that off-season gym work to good use today muscling through one of the most physical tracks we ve seen on the circuit to take the win by a scant 0.79 seconds.
The track was physical for all riders and Gwin scraped past all of them by 0.79 seconds.
High fives on three Americans on the podium... how times have changed.
A unique way to cool off after having won a World Cup race.




Rider Standings

ELITE MEN
1st // Aaron GWIN // USA // 230
2nd // Luca SHAW // USA // 180 // -50
3rd // Dean LUCAS // AUS // 180 // -50
4th // Samuel BLENKINSOP // NZL // 147 // -83
5th // Dakotah NORTON // USA // 120 // -110
6th // Jack MOIR // AUS // 110 // -120
7th // Laurie GREENLAND // GBR // 106 // -124
8th // Troy BROSNAN // AUS // 105 // -125
9th // Danny HART // GBR // 86 // -144
10th // Loris VERGIER // FRA // 85 // -145


ELITE WOMEN
1st // Myriam NICOLE // FRA // 230
2nd // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR // 210 // -20
3rd // Tahnée SEAGRAVE // GBR // 156 // -74
4th // Marine CABIROU // FRA // 150 // -80
5th // Cécile RAVANEL // FRA // 130 // -100
6th // Monika HRASTNIK // SLO // 107 // -134
7th // Tracey HANNAH // AUS // 95 // -135
8th // Emilie SIEGENTHALER // SUI // 94 // -136
9th // Katy CURD // GBR // 80 // -150
10th // Mariana SALAZAR // ESA // 65 // -165




What Happened Here Last Year

Fort William threw us a blinder last year. Full of drama and a few mishaps for some of the top riders along the way, we experienced a nail-biting race.

It was at this point last year where we saw Rachel Atherton’s 2017 season become undone. Before the finals had even started, she had limped back to the pits after suffering a dislocated shoulder while out on a training run. Carpenter and Seagrave couldn’t find their usual fire at the Bill, and it was the racer from the other side of the world, Tracey Hannah who took the win with ten seconds to spare. Now that’s what you call blind determination and sheer grit.


Tracey Hannah means business this season.
Hannah took the Brits by surprise on their home ground.
Mick Hannah with his sister Tracey Hannah in the finish after Tracey s winning run.
Hannah celebrating the win last year.

In the Elite Men’s race, the 29ers were out in force and it was a test to see whether the new school could face down the old(ish) school. Things were running like you’d expect until just before the last riders were due to come down...the heavens began to open and everyone was wondering whether we would see another ‘Lourdes’ where the final riders wobbled their way down in the pouring rain. Luckily, the track held up, but that didn’t mean that some of the riders didn’t escape without an error here or there. Gwin had a slide on one of the easier sections of the track towards the bottom, losing much needed time.

Gwin's slip gave some of the younger-guns a bit of a target, and first up was Jack Moir who charged his way to the top spot with just two riders left to go. The rain started to pelt down some more, and Vergier made his way down but he wasn’t able to click it together. Last but not least was Minnaar; he had won at the Bill several times already - whether that was on 26, 27.5, gearboxed bikes or single pivots - it was his to take on his 29er. Crossing the line he made it his third consecutive Fort William win in a row, his seventh victory there in total, and his twentieth career World Cup win.


It doesn t matter if there are 26 27.5 or 29 inch wheels bolted to his bike... Greg Minnaar has won on all of them.
Minnaar carving out his own piece of history.
Greg Minnaar is the undisputed master of Fort William.
Time to party like a Santa Cruz Syndicate Party.




Previous Winners

ELITE MEN
2017 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2016 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2015 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2014 // Troy BROSNAN // AUS
2013 // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2012 // Aaron GWIN // USA
2011 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2010 // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2009 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2008 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2007 // Sam HILL // AUS *
2006 // Sam HILL // AUS
2005 // Steve PEAT // GBR
2004 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2003 // Cedric GRACIA // FRA
2002 // Chris KOVARIK // AUS
ELITE WOMEN
2017 // Tracey HANNAH // AUS
2016 // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2015 // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2014 // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2013 // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2012 // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2011 // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR
2010 // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2009 // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2008 // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR
2007 // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA *
2006 // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR
2005 // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR
2004 // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2003 // Céline GROS // FRA
2002 // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR

Note, * denotes a race which was a World Championship.




The Weather Forecast

2017 Fort William World Cup Downhill Track Walk - Photo Epic
Friday, 01 June - Practice
Considerable cloudiness, a shower in spots; very warm // 26°C // 41% precipitation // wind 7km/h // 11m/h gusts

Saturday, 02 June - Qualifying
Mainly cloudy; very warm // 25°C // 19% precipitation // wind 7km/h // 13km/h gusts

Sunday, 03 June - Finals
Low clouds; very warm // 26°C // 25% precipitation // wind 6km/h // 9km/h gusts

Weather forecast as of Monday 28 May. Live updates from Accuweather.




Watching It In Person

Aaron Gwin roars into the finish line as the massive crowd roars right back. The fans here in Fort William really are second to none on the Word Cup circuit.
Be a part of what is one of the best World Cup stops of the year.

If you haven’t already purchased the slightly discounted advanced tickets (deadline for those were yesterday Monday 27th), then as long as there’s still availability, you can rock up and buy tickets on the day. An Adult ‘World Cup Pass’ will set you back £64 which includes access on Friday through to Sunday, as well as multiple gondola trips. A ‘Weekend Pass’ for just £51 will give one adult access on Saturday and Sunday, including multiple gondola trips. If you’re only heading there for a single day, then tickets per adult are either £28 (with multiple gondola trips), or £18 (without gondola access). Kids under 6 years old go free, and there are other concessions available.

For those preferring to watch without any gondola access, it’s worth bearing in mind that most of the track is accessible by foot bar a few middle sections where there are some restrictions. It’s a heck of a walk up the mountain and down again so remember to take appropriate clothes and supplies in case the weather closes in. For more information on tickets can be found here.




Must Know, Must See, Must Do

Fort William is the largest town in the Scottish Highlands, and is nestled on the banks of Loch Linnhe in the West of Scotland. It’s the main tourist and outdoor enthusiast centre for those exploring the biggest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, as well as the other Munro mountains - Aonoach Mor where the World Cup is being held on is one of them.

Fort William began as a settlement, rising to prominence during the 17th Century when the English built a wooden fort to keep the local Clan Cameron ‘in check’. After the Glorious Revolution a few decades later, the fort was named ‘Fort William’ in honour of the new English King William of Orange (he was from what is now the Netherlands). The fort grew in strength to protect English troops from the local clans. A few name changes here and there followed but the town reverted to keeping ‘Fort William’, at least for the foreseeable future.

In the 18th Century during the Jacobite Rebellion, Fort William faced a relentless assault for two weeks, as the Jacobite army attempted to take this strategically important gateway to the Highlands. They failed in doing so and since that time Fort William has had a relatively peaceful history.

Home of the brave.
Och aye the moo.

Whilst you’re in the area there’s plenty to do, including climbing Ben Nevis. At 4406ft high, including some dangerous technical sections, this trip isn’t for the faint-hearted or the inexperienced. There are other ranges that are more suited to those with less experience, and the Fort William Tourist office is happy to provide free advice and literature.

Alternatively, you can let the boat take the strain. Regular sea tours are on offer for those who prefer messing about on the sea (Loch Linnhe to be precise). For 90 minutes, and costing around £10 per adult, it’s a great way to see the beautiful Scottish landscape, and if you’re lucky, some of the water-dwelling wildlife.

For the history buffs, a short distance up the road from the town centre is the Commando Memorial. Dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces formed by Winston Churchill and others in World War II, the monument overlooks the training areas of the Command Training Depot which was established in secrecy in 1942. It’s also a great spot to see both Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor on a clear day.

If you quite literally fancy getting into the spirits of the Scottish Highlands then you can go sample some whiskey delights at the Ben Nevis Distillery. Don’t forget people; don’t drink and drive.

Platform nine and three quarters.
The Sound of Scottish Music.




Aston’s Predictions

“It’s been six years since Gwin won at the Bill. 2012 were the early days of his domination and it was an uncharacteristic slip that likely gave Minnaar his win last year; he won’t be making the same mistake again. Minnaar will be pushing his limits on his favourite place to podium, and Luca Shaw will continue his great form from this year, but that third place is wide open for a whole bunch of hungry and capable riders. Rachel Atherton will have anger in her veins after that 3.5 second slap in the face in Losinj; she will power down to another gold. Nicole is in the form of her life and will be pushing hard for second. Seagrave is also at her best ever, but her previous form shows that the Fort is not her forté, and I think she’ll settle for third.”
Paul Aston
Pinkbike's World Cup Predictionator


ELITE MEN
1 // Aaron GWIN
2 // Greg MINNAAR
3 // Luca SHAW
ELITE WOMEN
1 // Rachel ATHERTON
2 // Myriam NICOLE
3 // Tahnée SEAGRAVE




#fortwilliamworldcup






The Schedule

Wednesday 30 May
• 15:00-16:00 Downhill Course Walk by Broadcaster

Thursday 31 May
• 08:30-11:00 // Downhill Course Inspection by UCI
• 11:00-12:00 // Downhill On Board Course Preview
• 13:00-14:00 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Elite Teams
• 14:00-16:00 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - All Riders

Friday 01 June
• 08:00-11:30 // Official Downhill Training - Group B
• 11:45-15:15 // Official Downhill Training - Group A
• 15:30-17:00 // Downhill Timed Training Session
• 17:00-17:45 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders and Teams

Saturday 02 June
• 08:00-09:45 // Official Downhill Training - Group B
• 10:00-11:45 // Official Downhill Training - Group A
• 12:15 // Seeding Run - Junior Women
• 12:30 // Qualifying Round - Junior Men
• 13:30 // Qualifying Round - Elite Women
• 14:00 // Qualifying Round - Elite Men
• Followed by // 30 minutes On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders and Teams

Sunday 03 June
• 08:00-09:00 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 09:45 // Final - Junior Women
• 10:15 // Final - Junior Men
• 11:00-12:00 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men
• 12:30 // Final - Elite Women
• 13:30 // Final - Elite Men

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the UCI/event organiser.




The Coverage


Pinkbike will be providing you with the best daily coverage from our team of photographers in Fort William this week. Tune in to Pinkbike to catch photo epics and results from the track walk on Thursday, timed training on Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and finals on Sunday.

For the Elite Women and Elite Men finals, you can watch the action on Red Bull TV on Sunday 03 June 12:30 BST (Elite Women coverage) and 14:00 BST (Elite Men coverage).

Here’s a breakdown of what these times mean in these main locations (w = Elite Women’s coverage, m = Elite Men’s coverage):

• 04:30 (w) // 06:00 (m) // Sunday // Vancouver, Canada (PDT)
• 07:30 (w) // 09:00 (m) // Sunday // Washington DC, USA (EDT)
• 13:30 (w) // 15:00 (m) // Sunday // Berlin, Germany (CEST)
• 21:30 (w) // 23:00 (m) // Sunday // Sydney, Australia (AEST)
• 23:30 (w) // 01:00 (m) // Monday // Auckland, New Zealand (NZST)

Note: These times are subject to change. Please check with your local provider.




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94 Comments

  • 151 2
 someone at RB please hook up Cathro for longer on the ground reporting. Your own edit reels after the show are nice but.... get him some screen time.
  • 4 0
 he applied to race, but im guessing that didnt work out in the end
  • 30 2
 Yeah this! Cathro is the boss!
  • 43 1
 Why dont they just let him do his own #Cathrovision thing and official sponser that?
  • 11 0
 @Boardlife69: indeed, call it #CathREDVision
  • 6 0
 @nickkk: Only if the provide him with a R.E.D camera
  • 9 1
 Get him on the bike for the preview, in the booth with Rod Warmer and on the mic for Gwin's winner's interviews. No probs.
  • 8 15
flag fecalmaster (May 29, 2018 at 6:36) (Below Threshold)
 I forgot Sabrina JONNIER had such a thick booty, those were the days
  • 7 0
 Yep. Cathro. Pls.
  • 26 2
 I just want to say that we can all be Ben Cathros sponsors instead of telling others to spent their money on him. He has an account on Patreon. If each one of us spends 5$...
  • 37 1
 Also by supporting him as a group of individuals, he can remain autonomous and run the show the way he wants to run it and so far this is what makes it worth watching. The moment some producer jumps on his brief it's going to be trickier. I'm putting my money where my mouth is and sending a 5$ payment right now.

www.patreon.com/CathroVision/memberships
  • 6 0
 It's still amazes me that there is potential for more than one American on the podium. It used to be just Gwin and before that I would have been happy if Luke Strobel got like 15th.
  • 2 0
 @yeti951SD: could be all the more potential with the current condish at fort bill...wouldn’t be surprised if we see many of the top ten from Losinj there again at the weekend.
  • 7 0
 Totally agree, the DH world needs more Cathro, come on RB make it happen.
  • 5 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I never want to hear you use the term virtue signalling again!
  • 4 0
 @BenPea: Be the change you want to see in this world. Hereby I offer fellatio to the person at Redbull with enough power to fire and hire commenters. Please hire Ben. Just tell me when and where should the payment ensue.
  • 4 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Problem with him being autonomous is that he cant use any RB footage, i.e actual race run. He used RB footage before but they clamped down on that, so we would have to spend alot more money so he can hire more cameras, but the UCI will want some some money too. Better if RB just sponers him so he has everything he needs at his disposal making it a better show IMO. #RBhireCathrovision That and I'm a cheap bastard, already spend enough money on this $port.
  • 4 2
 @Boardlife69: that was just an idea, I'm not into a new form of capital redistribution where commune votes with their money on small actors in order to deconstruct capitalistic compounds in a peaceful manner. So help me Ghawd. I don't know what would be better for whom. I also didn't want to bully anyone into supporting Ben, However, I just find it irritating when people tell other people to support their infatuation with a particular underdog athlete or personality. Redbull should sponsor him, UCI should pay - well and you should go fk yourself, you miser cnt
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I just want a new co-commentator. That's my agenda. RB is the only player in that particular game. The sole broadcaster should have the best people for each job, that's all.
  • 35 0
 Finally!!, knee pad reviews weren't doing it for me
  • 3 0
 Knee pad reviews blow.
  • 30 3
 Minnar Minnar - do Doo be Doo Doo.. Minnar Minnar - Doo Doo be Doo... Minnar Minnar Doo Doo be Doo Doo - be Doo Doo - be Doo Doo be Doo Doo Doo be Doo Doo Doo be doop...
  • 11 1
 26deg = "very warm" ha ha ha ha ha ha. That's a nice winters day where Greg hails from.
  • 19 0
 We melt at over 20C, its the midge flem in our blood that cant handle it.
  • 7 0
 Anything over double figures is classed as summer here. ????
  • 2 0
 @betsie: and I bet the warmer it is the more frsiky the midges become... should be a good weekend!
  • 1 0
 @headshot: They like it damp and shady, mostly found around loch sides and in wooded areas.
  • 2 0
 26 aint dead
  • 7 0
 The track is pretty loose just now, the riders will be praying for rain during the week to keep down some of the dust, but its soo dry at Fort William just now its crazy. The new woods are pretty simple, turn in and first right are not great as loose but should rut up a bit with the fast boys hitting them for practice. Luca was riding at some crazy speeds on Saturday. Watching Steve Peat get dropped going into pinball like he did was impressive. Come on Danny... stay on your bike. Good luck to the local boys this weekend.
  • 5 0
 Im surpsised this article doesnt mention the fact the track hasnt seen rain in weeks and its drier than ever. Its going to be super loose which will have a big impact on the race.
  • 1 0
 @skill7: I just checked out xcweather for the weekends forecast.... its gonna be wet from Friday through to Sunday. Big downpours. I cant remember from the weekend where the drainage goes for the new woods, or if there is suitable drainage around the woods entrance.
Most of the track needs it though to be fair. No wind and rain is forecast which could also mean low visibility at times, I wonder how slippery the rocks will get in the woods, my guess is slick. I am also gonna guess that the corner into the woods will become all cut up and the landing of the new drop just into the woods will become an OTB bog!
  • 3 0
 @betsie: We're a good bit south of Ft Bill but we've got thunderstorms forecast into the weekend. The Ft Bill track needs a bit of rain but I hope thunderstorms don't have an effect on the racing or the timetable again.
  • 2 3
 @betsie: instead of corporately refering to the track as 'its drier than ever' maybe next time use a more colourful expression such as 'its drier than a nuns c*nt'. Remember, you're flying the flag.
  • 11 1
 *Whisky
  • 2 0
 Thank you ????
  • 1 0
 Like, duh..
  • 10 2
 Please dont forget the 4Cross race of the @4xprotour on saturday night!
There will be a livestream as well for itWink
  • 1 2
 Link for the livestream please!
  • 5 1
 What happened to Claudio in Croatia? I assume the knock he took was far bigger than was made of it at the time hence why the track preview was canned but as far as I can see bar the odd IG update it has been radio silence. Hope he's all good.
  • 8 0
 @Trailsoup: I hope they get someone else for the track preview, he needs to recover properly
  • 1 0
 @Trailsoup: looks like he might have had some swelling on the brain or something? Must’ve been a hell of a knock.
  • 9 2
 m:
1. Greg Minaar
2. Greg Minaar
3. Greg Minaar


f:
1. Greg Minaar
2. Greg Minaar
3. Greg Minaar
  • 13 1
 Don't know that guy, but what about Greg Minnaar?
  • 5 1
 @bashhard: the word is that this new up and comer called greg minnar is even better.
  • 3 0
 An honest question for the Scottish pinkbikians: ya’ll take offense that Red Bull T.V. has labeled the location Fort William, United Kingdom, instead of Fort William, Scotland? Just given the history of England and Scotland, I was just wondering if there’s any animosity there? I’ve been to Europe but never the U.K., regrettably. I don’t know if you are all happy United Kingdomians or if there is ever any angst toward Red Bull for giving it the blanket “U.K.” Geographic location when it seems to me that it is a bit more specific than that? I mean, when I see “Wyndham, USA” as opposed to “Wyndham, NY, USA” it just seems odd.
  • 8 0
 No, but if they wrote Fort William, England then I'd have to go look out my sword.
  • 5 0
 We call it banter. We don't mind our neighbours below the border really.
  • 3 1
 As an Englishman, we love the scots, they're all mental! most of the UK was very happy when they voted to remain as part of the Kingdom.
  • 1 0
 @chrish, km79, betsie: thanks for the honest answers. this wasn't a trolling bit at all.
  • 3 0
 No we all pretty much give each other grief over anything possible. Just don't be further south than Lincolnshire unless you're in Wales because that's fine.
  • 5 2
 #farahahmed
I'm sorry, but any journalist worth his salt, when comemmenting on a quintessentially Scottish institution such as Fort William should at least know that when referring to the whiskey that comes from Scotland, it is spelled 'whisky' and not 'whiskey...and certainly never referred to as 'Scottish whiskey'...
  • 1 0
 "Dofs cap in your direction"
  • 1 1
 At least he did not call it “Scotch” ....
  • 1 1
 @fraktiv: Cat got your tongue bud?
  • 1 0
 Plus, it's lucky I'm not a male journalist then ;-)
  • 7 1
 Fucking finally!! More world cups please uci.
  • 7 4
 Yes the track is sick, but the bits they show us on the live feed every year makes it to me the least entertaining to watch on the entire world cup series.. Now you can down vote me to oblivion.
  • 1 0
 @Fahhhmed: What was up with the release? It went on the front page at 12:01 am, I read through it and commented, an then it disappeared and was replaced by a knee pad review. Now it's back, and my comment's gone. Just curious. Smile
  • 3 1
 The Essential Guide wasn't ready to be published so it was removed. It's now here, so we hope you enjoy it :-)
  • 2 0
 @alexcgevans: I was wondering if that was the case; I noticed a thing or two that was different in the new version. Thanks for the reply.
  • 4 0
 Minnaar won 7 out of 16 races in the list... insane!
  • 1 0
 6 out of the last 10. How maby top 3 places?
  • 2 0
 I get it that this venue is cool, but arent' riders tired of riding the same stuff for years : Fort Williams, Leogang, Lenzerheide, MSA
  • 3 0
 Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss! Fort Bill rocks! Bring on the weekend!
  • 3 0
 Wow, I'd like to see Claudio's helmet from Losinj.
  • 1 0
 also, this is a free deal and it's right down the road.
cool place to take your chic if you need a getaway.

www.inverlochycastle.co.uk
  • 3 0
 @paulaston your picks have blown your budget!
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 I will just leave this here.
www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/fort_william

20mm rain on Saturday... hoofing it down all day then. Its gonna be a good one...
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 Yep, looks like the weather is closing in but as you know its always good to check on a daily if not hourly basis! Let's hope that if the rain is scheduled to fall around 4pm they will have ensured the quallies are done and dusted (excuse the pun) before then.
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 @Fahhhmed: west coast of Scotland. .. if it's gonna rain.. it knows how to rain. Fingers crossed it changes as Fort William needs events like this.
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 @betsie: I know, I've been in it may times!
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 Come on trace you can do it!
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 Looking @ the weather for this it’s gonna be WET!
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 greg minnaar fractured his arm according to his instagram, might be out for fort bill and leogang.
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 I hope Minnaar was tracking that on Strava cause that's a heck of a KOM to beat!
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 I always get my tongue twisted on Gailec.
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 im salivating for the airing......DH rules. Rock section.
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 1. Gwin 2. Minnaar 3. Brosnan
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 About that weather forecast...
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 Can't wait...
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 STAY ON YOUR BIKE DANNY!
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