Just to keep you updated on the progress of the World Cup mountain biking competition going on in the Highlands of Scotland this weekend:
Day 1 – FRIDAY 6th JUNE
4-Cross Report: Britain’s Dan Atherton picks up third place in the men’s 4-Cross as the World Cup gets underway with a typically exciting 4-Cross competition on the challenging Fort William course in front of a big crowd.
1 GRAVES Jared AUS
2 WICHMAN Joost NED
3 ATHERTON Dan GBR
1 HORAKOVA Jana CZE
2 SEYDOUX Rachel SUI
3 BEERTEN Anneke NED
DAY 2 – SATURDAY 7TH JUNE
Cross-Country Report: Whilst Swiss rider Florien Vogel and Canada’s Marie-Helene Premont took the main plaudits, winning the Cross-Country races, there was much to cheer for the home crowd as they watched the best British men put on a determined show over the tough Fort William course. They were led by Oli Beckingsale, who took a well-deserved 9th place.
1 VOGEL Florian SUI 02:06:27
2 SCHURTER Nino * SUI +0:00:01
3 SAUSER Christoph SUI +0:00:09
1 PREMONT Marie-Helene CAN 02:00:42
2 FULLANA Margarita ESP +0:00:14
3 SPITZ Sabine GER +0:03:11
Official Event Press Release: After an action-packed launch day, the excitement of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William continued with today’s (Saturday 7th June) challenging 46.8km Cross-Country (XCO) race.
Spectators witnessed an extraordinary showcase of world-class Olympic athletes demonstrating their incredible endurance, stamina and strength, riding the most demanding courses in glorious sunshine.
In an extremely close race, Florian Vogel (SUI) fought fiercely for victory to take the gold, followed closely behind by fellow Swiss team-mates Nino Schurter and Christoph Sauser. Vogel triumphed in the final stretch of the last lap, by a split second, which made for an exceptionally tense and exciting atmosphere.
Florien Vogel (SUI) said, “I can’t describe how I feel right now, I am so happy to win a world cup competition. It’s been one of my major career ambitions. It’s a fun course with long hard climbs but the downs are amazing. You just need to watch out for flats and think about technique. It’s been a fantastic competition for the spectators to watch, with the leaders finishing so close together. It was a very tight race.”
Finishing in an impressive ninth place as the first Brit past the finish line and the first top ten British rider for a number of years, Oli Beckingsale (GBR) said; “It’s a real achievement that I’ve made it into the top ten. It was a very tactical race with lots of flats. I tried to break away on the up-hills but I wasn’t strong enough and there were much faster sprinters coming in on the final stretch.”