Fort William in pictures

By Matthew Cole | Sunday, September 16, 2007 11.00pm

The recently concluded Mtb World Championships in Fort William saw some notable successes for British riders.

Highpoints included Ruaridh Cunningham's gold medal in the Downhill Junior final, Rachel Atherton's silver in the Elite Women's Downhill, and her brother Gee's bronze in the corresponding Men's event. Young Katy Curd showed her potential by winning silver in the Junior Women's Downhill race, while David Fletcher took bronze in the Junior Men's Cross Country race.

It was disappointing to see Steve Peat finish so far down the field in the Elite Men's Downhill, but his chances of getting on the podium were over almost as soon as his race had started. While his bike was hooked on to the outside of a ski gondola heading up to the start gate, the saddle was loosened and fell off during his descent. Peat finished in 67th place.

Didn't make it to Fort William? Here are some pics we took at the event.

Enjoy your visit to the Mountain Bike World Championships picture gallery... 



This was the start of the 4X course.  



Cedric Gracia lines up at the start of the 4X course in one of the practice sessions. He later crashed in the 4X finals, breaking his wrist and damaging several ribs. 


Scott Beaumont pushes his bike back to the top of the 4X course during 4X practice  



Gee Atherton prepares for another run on the 4X course 



Somewhere at the top of that mountain is the start of the downhill track 



British rider Anja Rees Jones rides the top section of the downhil track  



Anja Rees Jones nails the rocky section 



Katy Curd sits in the hot seat after a blinding downhill run. She went on to win silver in the Junior Women category. 


Fionn Griffiths in action 



Brendan Fairclough 



Australian Nathan Rennie 



German rider Marcus Klausmann 



Frenchman Fabien Barel - amazingly he broke his foot a month ago, but won silver in the Elite Men's category 



New Zealander Nathan Rankin shows that the skinsuits can't put up with too much punishment. The cheek of it! 



French rider Emmeline Ragot 



The downhill run wall ride 



Steve Peat on his practice run 



Peaty checks the lines 



Steve Peat nearing the end of the downhill track 



British Junior men rider Josh Bryceland  



Tracy Moseley 



The Nevis Range Gondola with bikes attached 



The "Pedestrian Grand Prix" 






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