Oakley Victorious At World Cup Fort William
Oakley’s 2008 World Champion Gee Atherton, wearing Crowbar, won on home soil last weekend at the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World in Fort William, Scotland. Oakley’s World Cup and World Champion Jared Graves, wearing Mayhem, powered to victory in the 4 cross. Oakley’s South African Greg Minnaar finished 1.21 seconds behind Gee in downhill and placed third. Minnaar continues to lead the downhill men’s series. Oakley’s Rachel Atherton, wearing the O Frame, took second in women downhill, missing first by just over a second.
Gee decisively won the downhill with a time of 4:35, knocking more than two seconds off the previous best time set by Australia’s Michael Hannah.
New Zealander Cameron Cole came closest to catching Gee, less than half a second back. Oakley’s current World Cup leader and former World Champion Minnaar trailed only four tenths at the last split and was looking good, but couldn’t topple Gee.
After Gee won and saluted the 15,000 strong crowd, a deafening noise erupted at the Nevis Range Resort.
In the midst of celebrating Gee said, “I’m the most excited I’ve ever been about winning an event. It’s been a massive goal of mine and it’s an amazing catapult into the season for me.”
In downhill women’s, Rachel Atherton was the fastest in qualifying and came in second to Sabrina Jonnier in the final with a time of 5:12:68.
Rachel was disappointed, but mentioned she enjoyed the course. “I qualified fast but that meant there was lots of pressure for the final. I really enjoy racing here – the track was rad!”
In 4 cross, Graves of Queensland, Australia, took a decisive win and now leads the World Cup 4 cross series.
Graves shot to the front of the race out of the gate and kept his lead the entire race.
“The corners were getting bad,” Graves said, “so I was pretty worried the whole way down. I’m so happy to get the win. It was a sketchy start [to the final]. I was banging elbows with Joost, and I thought we might both go down. He certainly kept me honest today.”
Next stop for the World Cup a is Leotgang, Austria.
4 cross Women’s