History is made at Fort William mountain bike world cup
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.
Lochaber High School pupils get a close-up of the action. See page seven for more.
One of the high-flyers.