MBUK PreviewFort William is unique. The only World Cup standard downhill course in Britain; the only UK downhill course with a gondola service to the start from the finish and the only place in the UK where you'll see the best riders from here and abroad battling for glory in this year's triple-discipline World Cup. If it's a measure of just how good it is, last year the UCI chose the Fort William rounds of DH and 4X as the best events of the 2002 series.
Just a few weeks ago, we spent a day with some of the best downhillers in the country to get a feel for this demanding course. Just because they weren't racing for points doesn't mean that they held back over the six or seven full runs we made them do. Crawford Carrick Anderson pretzeled his rear wheel and generally rode every section as if he'd never get the chance to do it again; Will Longden explored the fringes of the course; Jaymie Mart finished with her front wheel falling out; Nigel Page showed why he was top placed British elite male last year and Steve Peat never seemed to touch his brakes most of the day.
So, what's it like to ride? Where are the best places to see the action? Find out in the next issue of MBUK, on sale 21 May.
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Oh, and did we mention you could win a day's riding with Steve Peat....?