Gee in 1st, Cam Cole in 2nd, and Minnaar so close in 3rd. More news to come…..
Gee Atherton sent the home crowds bonkers with an amazing, flawless ride down Aonach Mor this afternoon.
The rain that the forecasters predicted stayed away and together with the huge crowds that Fort William always attracts made it a fantastic final to watch.
Danny Hart set the crowd a light early on with a long spell in the hot seat until Mick Hannah put in a 4:37.75 to take the cushion. The next 6 riders failed to better the clock until Gee Atherton threw down a 4:35.70 which put him on the hot seat and earned himself a rocked out solo from the resident long haired guitarist.
4th fastest qualifier Aaron Gwin came close with a 4:37.71, next up Maxxis Rocky Mountain rider Cameron Cole, proving his qualifying result was no fluke, went faster than Gwin to take second spot with a time of 4:36.18.
Second fastest qualifier Sam Blenkinsop looked rapid all weekend but could only manage a 4:37.81 giving him 6th place, 2.11 down.
All eyes were now on Minnaar who was looking for his third win in a row at the Fort. Coming into the hip, Minnaar was down a fraction on Atherton and couldn’t make up the time along the motorway section where he is usually strong, finishing in 3rd with a 4:36.91 1.21 down on Gee.
The exuberant Fort William crowd went nuts as Gee Atherton took his first Fort William win.
Sam Hill had a DNS after wrecking his shoulder during timed practise.
Other highlights include Shaun O’ Connor in 8th, Gracia suiciding the big step down, Danny Hart in 12th, Ben Cathro was on a flier until his chain jammed on the last section of motorway and finally the Fort Will crowd for being so loud and shouty, amazing atmosphere.
Random Fact: More than 18,000 spectators at the World Cup basked in the sunshine over the weekend, consuming more than 1,500 litres of water and 1,500 burgers.