Steve Peat rules at Fort William
What a noise! You’ve never heard anything like the reception Steve Peat got when he flew through the Red Bull arch and shot down towards the Fort William finish line to win the World Cup final on Sunday.
Having qualified in first place ahead of Team MBUK/Santa Cruz’s Marc Beaumont, Steve was last down the mountain and was just half a second up on South Africa’s Greg Minaar at the split. But he really turned it on through the second half of the treacherous track to cross the line with 2secs to spare. and the massive crowd went absolutely ape. Seriously, it was mental. Steve lapped it up, bowing to all four sides, holding his bike aloft, then posing with baby Jake.
Peat’s win capped a superb day for GB riders with Gee Atherton finishing fifth and Tracy Moseley edging out Rachel Atherton in the women’s downhill.
Gee was unlucky to break his chain in the men’s 4X final leaving Leiv Ove Nordmark to take the win from Brian Lopes while Jill Kintner won the women’s final.
Ralph Naf of Switzerland outsprinted compatriot Christoph Sauser to take the men’s XC title by under a second while Norway’s all-conquering Gunn-Rita Dahle easily won the women’s event.