Controversy in the woods, spills left right and centre and 27.5 wheels going one and two. Fort William may be well worn in but it still has the potential to surprise.

From start to finish, Rachel was supreme yesterday
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Qualifying today could be a nervy affair, as opposed to the usual procession for the fastest riders, the pressure is really on. Gwin, Bruni, Brosnan, Hart, Vergier, Minnaar, there are a lot of potential banana skins here. One puncture and your overall challenge is pretty much done for the year.

Alexandre Fayolle won't have to sweat today, first to set off and protected no matter what
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The woods were the main focus of the day. After complaints to the organisers during B practice (of which PomPon was the most vocal) a root was cut out and a chicken run taped in. Don't think it's easy now though, even the A Practice bunch congregated around it, watching, scoping, waiting. You aren't likely to win the race on this 20 second section, but you could definitely lose it.

Laurie Greenland skipped over the rocks fastest to lay down a marker in the men's while the Atherton/Iles juggernauts rolled on in the other categories. Check out all the quali action below:

World Cup #2 Fort William  2017
World Cup #2 Fort William 2017
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The win is still eluding Manon here after a couple of years of bad luck. We'd love to see her turn that around.
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World Cup #2 Fort William  2017
World Cup #2 Fort William 2017
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Last man standing. Connor Fearon, one of the most exciting racers on the circuit

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Last man standing. Connor Fearon, one of the most exciting racers on the circuit
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World Cup #2 Fort William 2017
World Cup #2 Fort William 2017
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