Oakley Owns Podium at MTB WC Stop No. 4


Spectators witnessed another adrenalin packed competition at the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William. The weekend drew to a close with the dramatic Downhill men and women finals. With such fierce competition in the qualifying rounds, the finals were always set to finish in exhilarating style.

Up first, the mens’ DH final proved that nothing is certain on competition day as an energetic race attracted the biggest crowds of the weekend. Oakley’s Greg Minnaar valiantly rode home to defend his winner’s title, in an impressive time of 4:38.98. Dropping valuable seconds meant Oakley’s Gee Atherton – hotly tipped for first place after a spectacular performance in the qualifying stages – narrowly missed a top three spot. He still stormed in to a winner’s welcome from the home crowd, in a commendable 4th place.

“It’s just amazing, as I didn’t think I’d win for the second year in a row,” said Minnaar. "Rain a few days ago made the course conditions hard, but I’m really pleased that I managed to pull it out of the bag.”

Four Cross is a crowd favorite in Fort William. Spectators lined the track and even hung from trees to witness the side-by-side racing action.

Retaining his title reigning champion, Oakley’s Jared Graves stormed home to grab victory on the rugged Fort William course. Commenting on his gold medal win he said; “I’m so pleased to have won, I really wanted to take first place in Scotland. I’d had a really great start to the run which set me up fantastically and allowed me to gain an advantage over the other riders.”

Oakley’s Jill Kintner displayed her talent with a strong move in the first corner and continuing to battle Fionn and Caroline Buchanan for the win. You have to give it up for Jill this year. Jill wears many hats acting as Team Manager, Mechanic, PR manager and athlete. Congratulations on the win and for moving up into the top position in the overall standing!


Tess Weaver


June 10, 2009