Fort William World Cup 2017 super, mega, uber gallery

Over 120 snaps of the fittest kit from the pits

After a wild weekend of racing, rain, sun, midges, vuvuzelas and beer, I’m pleased to present you with our most mega Fort William gallery to date.

With over 110 photos showcasing the very best results from my weekend of plundering the pits, hassling mechanics and disturbing focussed riders, I've papped everything from the best prototype bikes, tyres, shocks and forks to the finest headwear and toolboxes, there’s something here for every downhill nerd to enjoy.

29ers everywhere

The new bike was ridden to 5th place by Remi Thirion
The new bike was ridden to 5th place by Remi Thirion

As expected, there was a healthy showing of wagon-wheels from teams both big and small this weekend.

With the win taken — rather decidedly as well — by Greg Minnaar on a V10 29er, we can only expect to see more 29ers throughout the rest of the season.

Custom and prototype suspension

The shock is fully custom and made by Hugues
The shock is fully custom and made by Hugues

There were a number of interesting suspension set ups in the pits this year.

So we'll just have to admire this Argyle disruptive 'camo' for the time being
So we'll just have to admire this Argyle disruptive 'camo' for the time being

From Alex Fayolle’s fully custom shock, which included a ‘lockout’, to some seriously trick looking prototype EXT Arma kit, it was refreshing to see some variety among the usual sea of Fox and Rockshox.

Nicolai gets fat

Jack Reading must have been watching Seb's latest videos with all that extra weight strapped to his bike
Jack Reading must have been watching Seb's latest videos with all that extra weight strapped to his bike

Jack Reading must have recently watched Seb’s latest video as we spotted him experimenting with adding additional weight to his, already relatively portly, Nicolai Maschinen in an effort to ‘calm’ the ride of the bike on the vicious, rocky track.

Reading is said to be working with the aforementioned Chris Porter for these weight experiments
Reading is said to be working with the aforementioned Chris Porter for these weight experiments

We were also impressed by his dedication to colour coordination, matching the tape that attached the lead to the frame to his custom anodised Hope kit.

Sexy toolboxes

Pivot's workshop setup was much more minimal than a lot of other teams
Pivot's workshop setup was much more minimal than a lot of other teams

And of course, no pits roundup would be complete without a look at some seriously lust-worthy toolboxes.

That Paul Components bottle opener immediately caught our eye in the Canyon tent
That Paul Components bottle opener immediately caught our eye in the Canyon tent

This must be among the most lush toolboxes out there, with all that Abbey Bike Tools goodness
This must be among the most lush toolboxes out there, with all that Abbey Bike Tools goodness

The Canyon tent was without doubt the most impressive, and we spotted the most delightful Abbey Bike Tools toolkit there.

Downhill racing is probably the greatest spectacle in cycling
Downhill racing is probably the greatest spectacle in cycling

Here’s to all the riders, mechanics, team crews, organisers, volunteers and fans that continue to make Fort William one of the best spectacles in cycling.

There are loads more images in the gallery above - click through and enjoy!

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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