20 World Cup wins, seven Fort William wins, three in a row. Greg Minnaar’s stats are simply unparalleled.
Photos: Seb Schieck
Fort William was a Tour de Force from the most successful male downhill rider of all time. In qualifying he put three seconds into the field, in race runs he had the wettest track to ride on and the most chewed up woods to plough through but he still managed to pull two seconds on the rest of the field. Whatever the secret formula here is he’s keeping tight lipped about it, and who can blame him when he’s turned Fort William into Fort Minnaar.
Hot on Minnaar’s heels was Jack Moir and Intense. It’s been a long time since an Intense rider clinched a podium at a World Cup and we’re glad to see them back. Jack and his fellow Aussies made the Highlands a home-from-home this weekend with four of them in the top ten while there was only one space for a Brit in the form of Laurie Greenland.
In the women’s race, Atherton’s unfortunate departure meant her winning streak was finally broken. Tracey Hannah mopped up the spoils and brought home her first win in five years as well as rocketing to a healthy lead in the overall. There’s going to be a fight on for that leader’s jersey for the rest of the year.
There was Brit success in the juniors with both Meg James and Matt Walker taking home the golds. Under the tutelage of Tracey Moseley, Meg James has gone from XC whippet to downhill World Cup winner in just over a year, we hope she makes it out to more rounds this year.