Video: World Cup riders face Monster drop at Fort William
Downhill racers are facing some new challenges at this year’s second World Cup round in Fort William, Scotland as they take on a freshly revamped course.
There’s a new, eye-shaped start hut at the top of Aonach Mor, a blind jump over a pedestrian tunnel dubbed the ‘Puggy Pipe’, and a huge ladder drop that’s officially called the ‘Big Doon’ but will surely become known as the ‘Monster drop’, due to the large energy drink banner attached to it.
With a tricky, root-strewn run-up, a fireroad to clear and a super-steep and loose-looking landing into a massive berm, the ‘chicken run’ down the side is likely to see plenty of use. The top riders won’t be daunted though – at least not if the reaction of reigning world champion Sam Hill (Aus|Monster Energy Specialized) is anything to go by.
We’ll be at Fort William throughout the weekend, reporting on all the latest tech in the pits, goings-on on the track(s) and post-race action, so stay tuned. You can check out the drop, and Sam’s response, in the video clip below: