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.
- Intense show off prototype 29er at Fort William World Cup
- Fizik debuts 29er specific saddle at Fort William
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
There were a number of interesting suspension set ups in the pits this year.
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 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.
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.
And of course, no pits roundup would be complete without a look at some seriously lust-worthy toolboxes.
The Canyon tent was without doubt the most impressive, and we spotted the most delightful Abbey Bike Tools toolkit there.
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!