BDS Fort William - Race Report
Did somebody say 29'er?
Fort Bill BDS is always an interesting one. With just two weeks until the UCI hits the highlands, we see some of the top riders from the world cup circuit making their plans of attack.
Of course, there was one main talking point this weekend, one that look set to billow throughout the year, 29ers. Santa Cruz may have jumped the gun at Lourdes but at Fort William we finally saw what brands had been working on over the winter. Commencal, Mondraker and Trek all hoping to get some under-the-radar testing done on their big rigs.
If you wanted controlled conditions for the larger wheels, then Fort William was a better laboratory than Lourdes. The weather stayed dry, the track was running smoother than it has in years and a slew of top racers were on board. The results though are still inconclusive. While 29ers won every session in the men's category, they also came dead last in the men's and women's races.
In fact, the best evidence probably just comes from the fact there was so many of them. Whether you like them or not, whether you believe they're quicker or you bury your head in the sand, they're happening. Fast.
Here's all the action from the World Cup warm up.
Time would tell whether the new wheel sizes would get the riders down the 4 and half minute track any quicker but first we were to the juniors - all running the 650b wheelsets.
In the elite women’s category, Atherton chose not to compete in finals, leaving the competition seemingly between Tahnee Seagrave, and Manon Carpenter.