Fort William Downhill World Cup 2018
When the World Cup downhill championships come so close (Fort William is only an hour and a half away from us) it would be rude not to spend a day popping through to see the action on the tracks down from Aonach Mor. We were lucky enough to get tickets to see the finals on Sunday.
The weather forecast was good, saying that there might be a chance of rain later on in the day. So we all packed our rucksacks with the things we might need including the essential cow bell for cheering the passing riders.
This year we had hoped that we might get up to the top in the gondola and walk down the side of the track as the riders were coming through. We jumped into the gondola, the boys were delighted but on best behaviour, when we were accompanied by some police officers that were heading up to make sure everything was good at the top.
At the top station we bumped into some friends and started the long walk down the trackside. The Women’s final started just after we headed down and we got some great views of the action as it passed. The biggest cheer and bell ringing was for Rachael Atherton, who is a hero of ours.
We found out at the bottom, after she had come in 3rd place that her chain had broken on the second pedal stroke after leaving the starting block, she had to pump her bike all the way. She had also fallen off in the woods section, had got back on and pumped her bike hard enough to still be able to clear the road gap jump. What an amazingly determined and skilled person.We continued our way down the trackside, negotiating the bogs and steep ground. Olly’s Meindl trainers worked brilliantly and he mostly stayed on his feet as we walked downhill. They were a very different colour at the end of the day though!!
Two hours after getting out of the gondola, back down at the bottom, we managed to get a grandstand view of the last riders for the mens final. Excitingly there was a Scot (Reece Wilson) leading the way for a good part of the afternoon. He was finally overtaken, but finished a very respectable 4th overall. Exciting times.
The last part of the day we went for a wander round all the stalls in the village as we waited for our shuttle bus back to the car park. The sun disappeared at this point and out came the waterproofs for the torrential rain that fell for the rest of the day. Even the water could not put a dampener on the day though. It was a thoroughly exciting day with an adventurous walk thrown in for good measure. Brilliant fun☺
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About Me & Mine
We are an adventurous family, with two young boys aged 7 and 5. Their favourite sports depends on the weather, but usually involves bikes and water. Mum and dad are passionate about spending quality time in the outdoors as a family and believe that it a hugely important part of all of our lives.
Favourite place in the world:
That depends on who you ask in the family I think we would all agree that our favourite place is somewhere warm where we are all having an adventure together.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Exploring, mountain biking, BMXing, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, hillwalking, rolly pollying down hills and puddle jumping. You name it we will have a go :)