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.