And we leave Fort William with the new celebrity in town, Troy Brosnan, being stopped by every fan and everyone for selfies and interviews. You only get your first win once so make it count! Join us next week as we make our way over to Austria for the 4th round in Leogang. Thanks for joining and see you next time!
But the celebrations didn't end their. A special ceremony was held after the podiums to celebrate two great achievements. Greg Minaar reaching 100 World Cup races and Peaty reaching 40 years old. And what better way than with swords and champagne presented by the one and only Rob Warner. Needless to say it got a bit messy up there.
Aaron Gwin still holding on tightly to his leaders jersey. Etching out ahead in the points race, but being tracked down by Gee every step of the way. The points race is bound to get tight over the next few rounds, as there has been a different winner at everyone so far! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/50_audio.mp3"]"
Champagne showers from Troy as he kicks off his celebrations. Looking forward to Leogang and we could see a similar podium as the track there is suited to these riders and with word of new sections of track to add to the mix, it should be a fun one!
Specialized Racing DH is your team of the day with two impressive results putting them way up there. The result that team manager Eric Carter has been waiting some time for, 'Take in this moment boys!'
The famous Fort William arch housing the podiums once again. Troy standing proud as they play the Australian national anthem.
There you have your top 5 men here in Fort William. Great to see some new faces up here, but still shadowed very closely by two men that are here to do business and wont stop until its done.
You wont be wiping that smile off Troy's face any time soon. Stepping out on to the podium and the crowd goes mental! Not many people get to experience such a moment in their lives.
All the media getting in on this exciting top 3. All three of which have yet to see a World Cup podium this year.
And crossing the line, he does it! The young Aussie rider picks up his first ever World Cup win, at the age of 20. A huge result for him and hopefully the start of something special! He was even able to put in a massive 1.6 seconds on Hill, showing that even though he is small and light, he can pack one hell of a punch! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/43_audio.mp3"]"
Troy Brosnan powers on in the bottom section and picks up some vital time. Across the last split only a fraction up. We all new this was going to be as tight as you like!
But this man was the one to beat this weekend. A storming qualifying run put him as last man down, but even then it wasn't going to be easy for him to walk away with this one. Down at the first split on Sam Hill's time, he really needed to press on in the bottom if he wanted to take the win.
Bumped off the hot seat and forced to watch the rest on the side line, Gee Atherton would have rather gone home today with a big trophy in his palm.
Danny Hart, a rider that knows that he is capable of a great time here, but just needed to put it together in a race run. 2nd in quali was a great start for him, but just missing out in his race run and coming in 3rd today. Still Danny's best result so far this season and great to see him on the podium. Ateast he knows he is up to speed, fastest time in at the first split too!
All eyes on the big screen as Danny Hart and Troy Brosnan are about to drop in!
Aussie Sam Hill has won here twice before so is no stranger to crossing the line into this madness, but I think even he was surprised today to come across and go into the hot seat. The run that he has been looking for the past few years, putting him 0.4secs up on Danny Hart, but was it enough to hold off the youngster Brosnan. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/37_audio.mp3"]"
Back from injury and back in the game, I think Stevie was hoping for a come back win here in Fort William. Down in quali and then managing a 6th in finals, an amazing results considering the circumstances, but it shows how even the best in the World suffer when they are out on injury and not riding their bike!
Another round where Bruni just hasn't been able to pull it together. He has such peaks and troughs of results where just when you think he has enough to win, he falls back a couple of spots and misses out. Today was one of those days, still a great position but only 12th for him today. He stares on and waits as fellow team mate Blenki drops in on track.
Peaking over the top of the hillside to see this view, crossing the line to hundreds of fans screaming down on you must get any rider going. Fort William never disappoints. Aaron Gwin crossing the line a securing 4th place.
Series leader Aaron Gwin had a good run but not that extra special piece of magic that was going to see him grace top step. Although times were super tight he was 4th at the top split, which he maintained all the way through and that was where he found him self at the end of the day.
Gee Atherton pinned all the way up until the line, he crosses and goes up on Stevie by a second. Can Gee hold onto this position with still 5 riders to come down?
The steam train that is Sam Dale just keeps on powering through. Sam came down and went straight into the hot seat where he sat for some time until being knocked off by Greg Minaar. 8th overall for the big lad, but still with fire in his belly to aim higher! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Sam-Dale.mp3"]"
Gee Atherton was also after the repeat result from last year but he would really have to turn it up if he was to derail some of the quick boys this weekend. The home crowd cheering him down the hillside, they really wanted to see the Brit grace the top step this weekend.
40 years old in almost a week and the big man can still hold down his own on the downhill track. With a couple of top 20s, one of which was a 7th, at the last two round, Peaty came into this round confident. Pleased with his run but only snapping up 28th here in Fort William. He will just have to come back next year I guess! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Peaty.mp3"]"
Right off the back of his National win, Marc Beaumont is always a rider worth looking out for. Still yet to lay his mark in the World Cups this year, he has been quietly putting in the times and podiums over in the BDS. A result still to be proud of but knowing Marc he always wants to push more, 11th for him today.
Another of the Brit riders to have a mare in quali, Josh Bryceland has been looking powerful and strong these past few rounds. Not putting together the run he really wanted, he only managed 13th place. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Ratboy.mp3"]"
And so we begin the racing. Elite men on track and boy is looking to be a hot one. With the roller coaster ride that was the Women, the men are set to get you right out of your seat. Harry Heath pictured here setting a personal top spot on his new team Dirt Orange with a 25th.
The fans eagerly waiting for the top guns to start coming down the hillside. A record turn out here in Fort William, with almost every square inch being taken up by fans, children and awkward costumes!
Suffering the same fate as each other, Rachel can sympathise with Manon, as I think even Rach knew that this was her turn to shine. Disappointing for the Brits today!
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But devastation for Manon Carpenter as the fate of British women were all the same...flat tyre. Coming to a rock section a little hot she flatted out, loosing all chances of getting down in time to challenge hot seat Ragot was in. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/22_audio.mp3"]"
No 'last women down' pressure for Emmeline meant she could put her head in the game and really set out for a consistent run. Nipping Manon to the win here only a few weeks ago at the National, she knew that over such a big track, anything could happen. Doing just that once again, Ragot got down the hill and went straight into the top spot with a slower time of that of Manon in yesterday Qualy.
It must have been the new mean green attitude that made Myriam on form this weekend. She pulled out the inner Hulk in quali and then matched it again today in finals. 2nd place for Myriam Nicole, her best place since MSA in 2012.
Jill Kintner putting down one of her better results of recent time with a 5th place, earning herself a spot on the podium.
Waving to the home crowd as she crosses the finish line in last place. Still in great spirit, but I think she would rather the reception she had last year as she crossed the line in first! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Rachel-Atherton.mp3"]"
Rachel Atherton with her flat tyre finishing up her run. Not the only one to flat out, nor the only British women to get a flat. The rocks were especially sharp going into today racing!
But even off the pace Rachel is still a force not to mess with, which was proven as she dropped in on her race run. 2nd fastest top section put her in good form but then unfortunately the track snakes bit and she got a flat. Her repeat World Cup hopes were over.
It just didn't turn out to be Tahnee's day. After a flat in practice in the morning, maybe she thought she had them out the way, but picking up another one in her race run was not in the plan. Still managing 12th though she bags some points and looks onward to Leogang. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/15_audio.mp3"]"
Japanese photographer and journalist, Hiro Nakagawa has a busy time at the races. When he isn't taking snaps, he is commentating on his own live stream direct to Japan from his phone, recording, chatting and tweeting. Perfect for Japan, especially if they find it hard to understand Rob Warner!
Rachel Atherton seemed like she has been struggling all week long a little. Off the pace in quali and then finding it difficult to get into it this morning in practice. Seen here not quite making the road gap in practice and opting the safe line around. Hopefully she picks up in Leogang and sees this as a back to action race.
Martin Maes standing up on top step at his first ever World Cup downhill race after riding his DH bike for the first time in 6 months. Top ride from him today, but not sure we will see him up there any time soon, as he will be focusing on his EWS career over the next few months. He could always retire to downhill! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Martin-Maes.mp3"]"
And the Belgian pulled it out of the bag and really put the two fingers up at the other Junior riders. Martin Maes takes the win putting a full 1.2 seconds into Loris. Really is a true show of his pure bicycle operating skills, even more a'maes'ing that its his first time on the new Fury!
Loris made up for his off pace quali run from yesterday and put down a quick time that put him right into the hot seat, which was where he stayed until the Belgium came sliding in! 2nd for Loris, held onto his leaders jersey and pushed him further ahead in the points standing for the overall.
Alex Marin Trillo has caught the eyes of a few people over the last few races as one to watch. 3rd place here today in the Juniors, matching his result from the BDS a few weeks ago, a great result for the Spanish youngster.
Top quali junior from Saturday, Luca Shaw, was set out to knock Loris off the top spot and steal back that leaders jersey. With the best top split of all the Juniors he was on for a winner, but an OTB in the rocks in the top section cost him dearly and put him back on time, finishing 8th overall at the end of play.
Laurie came into this round feeling confident on home soil and having ridden this track in the past it gave him the upper hand too. But the demanding nature of the track is tough on the youngsters and his 3rd place top section slowly dropped him back and he ended up in 6th. I would say this is a great place for the young guy's first year, but can't help feel he has been upstaged by Martin Maes who is the same age as him.
Taylor Vernon matching his Quali result and finishes in 5th place today after a great performance and showing that he is back on form. He needs to step it up again to challenge the top, even if the top is a team mate!
The crowds were huge here today in Fort William. Can't argue that this is one of the loudest and craziest crowds on the whole World Cup tour. Everyone is here to enjoy the racing for what it is and embrace the spirit of DH.
Still finding a few shapes on track, even on race day. Noel Neiderberger shifting in practice but a front flat in his race run ended his day.
A spot of morning practice got the riders out in the fresh mud that was made over night. Even with the sunshine beaming down, the rain was patchy enough to make it greasy in the wooded sections and really play a vital stage in the race, run spikes for grip or not for the speed?
A cloudy morning quickly turned into a mixed weather day of patchy sun and spells of rain. With no high winds forecast, there was no issues with lift closures today. Fort William always seems to deliver when the World Cup is in town, even when you think it may all go tits up.
Forecast for today, cloud, damp with a touch of gnar! Lets hit it, 2014 Fort William World Cup is fully under way and it's make or break day as we step into the finals here in the Scottish Highlands.
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Little package with big power. Emmeline Ragot is your 2014 Fort William World Cup Champion. Shame to not see a Brit on this home soil podium though! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Ragot.mp3"]"
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