[UPDATED] Video Round Up: Fort William DH World Champs 2023

Aug 2, 2023 at 9:18
by Ed Spratt  
The battle for the rainbow jersey is on as riders are between the tape at the 2023 downhill World Championships. We will keep this article updated with videos throughout the week, check out all the action so far below.

Elite Finals:
Neko Mulally

bigquotesQuick trip over to Fort William for World Champs! This is my first time properly riding the steel bike and on a notoriously rough track. Neko Mulally

Gamux Factory Racing

bigquotesWorld Championship in Fort William? That will be crazy," they said! And it did not disappoint. Mike's first Worlds has been exciting, to say the least. From an exciting track to a crazy haircut and an unfortunate race run, this week had it all. Watch the video and experience a very special race-week with us. Gamux Factory Racing

Bernard Kerr

bigquotesWell sports fans it's a tough one to swallow...we have the speed we just need to make it happen. Enjoy Fort William world champs day in all its wet and wild glory. We will keep trying and make it happen another day!

Mad congrats to the man Charlie Hatton!
Bernard Kerr

Brook MacDonald's Finals POV

bigquotesBrutal weather dropped down for the finals race during the Men's Elite class causing all sorts of havoc. Brook MacDonald took home 35th place and gives us his view of the ride for the 2023 UCI MTB Downhill World Championship GoPro

Thibaut Daprela's Finals POV

bigquotesOn a heater for a run, the Fort William weather gets the best of Thibaut Daprela in a heartbreak crash for the finals of the 2023 UCI DHI MTB World Championships. GoPro

Rachel Atherton's Finals POV

bigquotesTaking a big fall and separating her shoulder in the practice runs, Rachel Atherton pushes forwards and locks in an 8th place finish for the Finals run in Fort William for the 2023 UCI DHI MTB World Championships. GoPro

Jenna Hastings

bigquotesWell... a day full of more downs then ups but it is what it is isn't it sports fans! a day to maybe forget but stoked for myself and how my riding was!!! Jenna Hastings

Troy Brosnan

bigquotesClassic Fort William racing, muddy conditions and some epic Boxxer Worlds action featuring Aaron and Lukas! Downhill World Championships went off today! Troy Brosnan


bigquotesIt's time to crown the World Champions in Fort William, the weather is horrible, and the fans are happier than ever. Dialed

Elite Qualifying & Junior Finals:
Bernard Kerr

bigquotesThis places is putting it on, the crowds and the track this year at fort William are unreal...jump in for qualm day....sorry I can't show you my run, the UCI sell that to someone else...classic haha

Enjoy sports fans.
Bernard Kerr

Ed Masters

bigquotesKiwis on top, just how we like it. 1,2,3 clean sweep how good.! Ed Masters

Loic Bruni's Practice POV

bigquotesJump in the cockpit with defending Mens elite world champ, Loic Bruni, as he takes us down the course in Fort William for the 2023 UCI Downhill Mountainbike World Championships. Can he defend his title this year and keep the rainbow jersey for another year? GoPro

Troy Brosnan

bigquotesWorlds Qualifying with some suspension talk and I actually can't believe my GoPro died at the very top of my run... It made me angry for my Quali run. Troy Brosnan

Jenna Hastings

bigquotesWell it's all go here at world champs today, the elite qualifying and the junior race!!! the KIWI GIRLS absolutely RIPPED IT UP! locked up the podium and oh boy was it so so so sick to watch, may have shed a few tears. Jenna Hastings


bigquotesIt's qualifying day in Fort William, and the energy continues to build in anticipation of crowning a new World Champion. Dialed

Elite Practice & Junior Qualifying:
Bernard Kerr

bigquotesFt William practice is on for the 2023 world champs and its a heater baby!

Saturday is gonna be off the charts!
Bernard Kerr

Vali Höll's Practice Run POV

bigquotesDefending world champion, Vali Höll, gets a feel for the track and gives us her point of view ripping down the track in Fort William, Scotland for the 2023 UCI Downhill MTB World Championships. Can she defend her title and keep the rainbow jersey? GoPro

Ed Masters

bigquotesI was riding today so here's a bit of ALL FILLER NO KILLER FROM FORT BILL Ed Masters

Troy Brosnan

bigquotesFirst day of practice here in Fort William is DONE! Dante had a massive crash in front of me but he's all good. Can't wait for the quali tomorrow, let's do it! Troy Brosnan

Jenna Hastings


bigquotesIt's the first day of elite practice in Fort William, and riders are adjusting to the updated track. Dialed

Elite Track Walk:
Bernard Kerr

bigquotesWorld champs is officially on, the juniors have been riding, we have been walking and the new Pivot prototype DH bikes are looking straight fire !

Enjoy sports fans!
Bernard Kerr

Jenna Hastings

bigquotesWe're back at the races sports fans!! it's world champs week and the first time at fort bill on the janynay vlog channel! we've got fresh custom bikes and a semi fresh downhill track here at this iconic spot, let's go racing!!! Jenna Hastings


bigquotesIt's track walk day in Fort William, one of the longest and roughest tracks of the series. Dialed

Troy Brosnan

bigquotesIt's time for the 2023 DH World Championships in Fort William, Scotland. Come along for the ride as we check out the classic track with some insane improvements! Troy Brosnan

Junior Track Walk & Practice:
Ed Masters

Gamux Factory Racing Track POV

bigquotesJoin Mike on a ride during his first practice session of the weekend here in Nevis Range, Scotland. Gamux Factory Racing

Bernard Kerr

bigquotesWe have driven and we are here sports fans.... Fort William 2023 World champs are on!

Bernard Kerr


bigquotesThe team has arrived in Fort William for World Championships. With a hectic week on the horizon, everyone gets set up and prepared for the chaos. Dialed

bigquotesAs the rest of the teams get setup for World Champs, we hear some of the untold stories from Fort William past. Dialed

Nina Hoffmann - A throw for the rainbow

bigquotesMeet Nina Hoffmann, the Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Queen of Downhill, arguably one of the most extreme disciplines in mountain biking. In this video, we’re inviting you to step into the mind of a true champion, from starting as a competitive javelinist to crushing it at the UCI World Championships.

This is a story of rising to the challenges life throws your way, of pushing the limits and finding courage and strength within. With the support of the Santa Cruz Syndicate and none other than the legend himself, Steve Peat, Nina has worked her way to victory at Fort William in 2022, alongside 4 UCI World Cup podiums spots.

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  • 33 2
 Below is an example of what they have done to the track. I took the image on the right from the Red Bull preview with Laurie Greenland last year (with Jackson Goldstone in front). The one on the left is from the 2nd video above.

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 Don't think it will take long for it to settle back in. I think if they had done nothing with it, everyone would also be complaining.
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 @Jmac888: give it a weekend of world champs and a winter season and it will be back to the way it was Smile
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flag RedBurn (Aug 4, 2023 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 so good! the WC is now a blue trail for every joey! Big Grin Beer
  • 30 4
 I hope everyone realises that while the track looks sanitised now, it won't after 100s of riders pass over. The track was in a bad state when I last rode at Easter. Calm yourselves.
  • 3 2
 The track was mint a few weeks ago when I rode it. About the same as it was for nationals a few weeks before hand when the track record was broken....
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 I agree. 100 or so riders and some standard Scottish weather will soon make it a rutted, rocky mess again.
  • 24 2
 Don't justify yourself or the track. Half the whiners on pinkbike wouldn't make it half way down. I even guess most of them have not seen a WC track ridden by top elite riders in real life and must think "Yeah I can ride that"... Modesty and restraint are a delicacies nowadays...
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 @Aksel31: Half ? More than half wouldn't get past the first rock section. Having track walked it a few months ago for the Nationals, it's honestly RIDICULOUS.... these riders may make it look easy, but trust me, it's bloody hard. I'm not sure if i'm looking forward to trying to ride it in 2 weeks time or absolutely dreading it.
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 @Aksel31: You are right... well actually not right at all. The track is ridden by youngsters to old guys and girls all the time. The oldest woman who races there at SDA's is into her 60's now.
Going fast down it isnt easy (never managed to go fast myself).

The locals and folk from up North love the gondola access.
If weeksy59 thought FB was ridiculous for nationals, wait until Glencoe Red in a few weeks and walk the black there. Both awesome tracks. The red is a long Fort William rough section track. Cant wait for it just for a fun race weekend.
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 @betsie: I thought Glencoe Red looked OK ? I was kinda hoping i'd be able to get down that myself ? I'll be on his GT Fury as we've just bought a 2023 Session that he'll be riding i expect.
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 @Aksel31: I know I can ride it. It takes me about twice as long as the ladies to get down in though
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flag darkstar66 (Aug 3, 2023 at 4:58) (Below Threshold)
 @Aksel31: True but kinda ironic coming from a nation or rioters
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 @darkstar66: Wut ? What does it have to do with anything I've said ? You should stick your head out your @ss man
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flag darkstar66 (Aug 3, 2023 at 6:01) (Below Threshold)
 @Aksel31: modesty restraint.......add irony to your vocabulary f*ckwit
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 @darkstar66: I will not argue on the restraint part (I guess it has to do with the nb of sunny days we have during the year haha) but modesty ? Coming from GB people, this argument sounds also funny Smile
I'll not go further but let's say that last few years have proven where your "modesty" has led you
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 @Aksel31: Dude I can't argue with that
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 @weeksy59: If I can get down it (apart from the road gap) I'm pretty sure the amount of people that can is a lot higher than you think.
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 @darkstar66: brexiter bitterness; so sweet Smile
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 @danstonQ: Ah I see you've grasped irony, is it your first time out?
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 Do y'all realize everyone said Val Di Sole was neutered after the track walk and first POV? It's going to be fine.
  • 7 0
 Don't you all remember Val Di Sole a month ago? They turned it into a pump track they all said........
  • 7 1
 Calm your tits lads, it’s already looking rough after juniors practice today.
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 @russovwick exactly. Nobody likes rowdy tits..
  • 4 1
 All the custom painted 40's makes you realise....everything looks better than orange.
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 Did everyone remember to update their fantasy team?
Oh right...
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 So bitterly ironic to re-read the comments of the keyboard massive and then, with absolutely no satisfaction, look at the litany of smashed riders and bikes from today.
  • 6 4
 What the actual fuck have they done to the course.
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 Mooga Umgawa
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 Where's inside the tape? Need moar Cathro
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 Cath..ro? I seem to recall something/someone doing good WC coverage but it's in the mists of time.
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 Love that Kerr isn't shy about promoting the health benefits of LSD
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 Literally - F#$K the UCI.
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 Yea what have they done to the track?
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 This track now only missing some tarmac..
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