Big crowds flock to Nevis Range for best of world cup mountain bike action

Winner of the elite women's event was Nina Hoffman, pictured. NO F21 Nina Hoffmann 2
Winner of the elite women's event was Nina Hoffman, pictured. NO F21 Nina Hoffmann 2

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Nevis Range played host to some incredible racing at the weekend as more than 21,000 fans flocked to the venue to watch some of the world’s best battle it out for the top spots in the second round of the 2022 Mercedes Benz UCI Downhill World Cup.

In the Junior Women’s racing, Canadian rider Gracey Hemstreet added to her Lourdes win with another cracking victory at Fort William.

Britain’s  Phoebe Gale had to settle for second spot after a slow third split, with fellow Brit, Pinkbike Racing’s Aimi Kenyon, putting in an incredible performance to take third.

In the junior men event, British rider Jordan Williams just pulled ahead of Jackson Goldstone by only 0.038 seconds to pip the Canadian for top spot., with Australia’s Remy Meier-Smith rounding out the podium’s top three.

Nina Hoffmann took her first Fort William win and the first victory here for Germany as she crosses the line over three and a half seconds up in the Elite Women competition.

Swiss rider Camille Balanche managed a clean run down the hill to take second place and keeps a firm grasp on the overall title lead.

Myriam Nicole, of France, is still struggling with the effect of a concussion sustained in the recent Lourdes Downhill World Cup event, but managed to secure third place, while local Nevis Range favourite Mikayla Parton took eighth spot.

In the elite men event, France’s Amaury Pierron was dominant to take his third back to back Fort William win and making it two for two this year.

Commencal Muc-Off By Riding Addiction teammate and countryman,  Thibaut Daprela, took second spot, with British rider Laurie Greenland coming within one second of the top time.