His­tory is made at Fort William moun­tain bike world cup

The Oban Times - - Sport -

MORE than 11,000 raised the roof as his­tory was made in the UCI Down­hill Moun­tain Bike World Cup.

The three- day event came to a dra­matic end on Sun­day June 4 when the most successful down­hill rider of all time charged to vic­tory in the Scot­tish High­lands.

In one of the most ex­cit­ing fin­ishes to a World Cup event at Ne­vis Range, South Africa’s Greg Min­naar made his­tory in the elite men’s down­hill fi­nal fol­low­ing a nail-bit­ing run which saw the Santa Cruz Syn­di­cate ath­lete clinch his sev­enth Fort William World Cup ti­tle to the delight of thou­sands of scream­ing moun­tain bike fans.

Aus­tralia’s Tracey Han­nah cap­i­talised on the ab­sence of reign­ing World Cham­pion Rachel Ather­ton as she out­paced her com­pe­ti­tion to win her first Fort William World Cup ti­tle.

The 28-year- old ath­lete, who rides with Poly­gon UR, skil­fully ma­noeu­vred heavy mud in the woods be­fore storm­ing down the home straight into the fin­ish­ing bowl where a rap­tur­ous Fort William crowd cheered her to vic­tory.

Photos: Abright­side Photography

Lochaber High School pupils get a close-up of the ac­tion. See page seven for more.

One of the high-fly­ers.

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