Downhill Stars and British Interest
The World Cup weekend will climax with the Downhill events on the Sunday, on the slopes of Aonach Mor (pronounced Anach More). The downhill qualification will take place on the Saturday afternoon, where all the competitors race to be able to compete in the Finals (only the top 60 men, top 15 women, top 20 junior men participate in Sunday’s Finals) and determine their start position – the fastest qualifier goes last in the actual race. Women Junior are racing for their start position in the Finals.
The DH stars
The roll call of winners at Fort William represents the greats in downhill mountain biking for the past 17 years and the World Cup in the Scottish Highlands is one of the absolute classics that everyone wants to win.
It is perhaps fitting the the most successful rider at Fort William is also the rider with the most World Cup titles. Step forward Greg Minnaar (RSA) who has scored an amazing 7 wins at Fort William. His consistency and talent seems to reach new heights whenever he leaves the Fort William start gate. After an injury affected 2018 season, can he make it 8 with another win in 2019? Never write off Greg Minnaar!
Or could Scotland’s Reece Wilson make a dramatic lunge for the number one position, having produced a remarkable 4th in 2018. That would guarantee a noise level to match Peaty’s win in 2005.
Britain is one of the top ranked nations in Downhill, with outstanding performances in Men, Women and Junior. We’ve got multiple World Champions, with a start list that could feature a total of 8 British World Champions from the past 11 years.
Ruaridh Cunningham 2007 Junior Men World Champion
Gee Atherton 2008, 2014 Men World Champion
Rachel Atherton 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 Women World Champion
Danny Hart 2011, 2016 Men World Champion
Tahnée Seagrave 2013 Junior Women World Champion
Laurie Greenland 2015 Junior Men World Champion
Matt Walker 2017 Junior Men World Champion
Kade Edwards 2018 Junior Men World Champion
More than 250 riders from 25 nations, representing the world’s best downhillers, will all descend on Fort William in search of glory.
The competition will be as fierce as ever and in the tough world of downhill, absolutely no-one can predict who will deliver that faultless run on the day – but having so many top ranked UK riders will ensure some super loud cheering on Sunday.
DH Junior Women
Gold Valentina Holl (AUT)
Silver Anna Newkirk (USA)
Bronze Mille Johnset (NOR)