Green and pleasant land
Training action from the Bill
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.
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.
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: