We gave Dirt Magazine editor and keen bass fisherman Mike Rose a cheap pop up camera and asked him to document his day at Fort William.
This is how the day starts off, checking out the weather report. At the start of the week the weather girl said that Sunday would be dry, but it seems that things could now get wet. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
ot only does Commencal team manager Dan Brown now have to juggle a full team of Athertons for the first time this year (Dan, Gee and Rachel will all be riding), he also has to balance that up with his new job as a new dad!
It couldn’t be better for Trek. They come into this race with a fit and healthy team and the leader’s jerseys in both the men’s and women’s downhill. Can they repeat their success this time around?
The gondolas did stop a few times today due to high winds, but things do seem to be calming down. Up top the wind was fierce at times.
You have to love the new ‘eco pod’ start hut. This kind of attention to detail is great. I’m loving it.
So this is what the track walk is all about. It took me 2 ½ hours to walk down…stopping, looking, chatting. It is really interesting to see how different riders go about the task.
The top part of For William is scarred and open, down to the bare bones of the place. It is rough, tough and brutal. You wouldn’t want to crash up here. It is a long way down.
One of the many rocky drops that litter the upper section of the track. Listening to riders talking about doubling up sections and talking about near impossible lines was interesting. Having to hit them at warp speed on race day will be hair raising.
This place is an important marker for riders. The deer fence crossing marks the transition from the open upper expanses to the lower woods. Get here in one piece and you are doing well.
More slab up top. Rock solid. Considering that Fort William has just had the wettest May on record the track is in amazing condition.
I spent some time walking down with the Athertons and it was interesting to note that they had a pretty massive crew documenting their every step, nose wipe and swig on the water bottle. There are a lot of film crews in town it seems, here the ‘Anthill Mob’ chat with Gee and photographer Sven Martin.
Controversy is too strong a word, not because of the size of the gap or the take–off, more the slow, uphill run in. Will changes have been made before Friday’s first qualifying session?
You can just make out another new section here at the top of the shot, a launch over a massive pipe in the road with a huge landing. This is going to fire riders out at some speed into the lower hip.
Justin Leov and a ‘Parkin brother’ chat for Dirt TV.
And that is it, the finish. The grandstand is in, the giant TV screen is being put up, riders are ready. Let battle commence.
The night ended with Clay Porter and John Lawlor's epic 3 Minute Gaps film. The atmosphere was electric with anticipation in the Nevis Centre as an eager crowd of 500 crammed in for the World Premiere. The film more than lived up to the hype...it was AMAZING!!!