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Fort William, Scotland, Great Britain, June 5-7, 2009

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  • Race 1 - June 5: Four cross qualifying
  • Race 2 - June 6: Downhill qualifying
  • Race 3 - June 6: Elite women four cross
  • Race 4 - June 6: Elite men four cross
  • Race 5 - June 7: Elite women downhill
  • Race 6 - June 7: Elite men downhill

British favorites hoping for gravity World Cup wins at home event

By Rob Jones in Fort William

After a three week break, the gravity events in the UCI World Cup resume this weekend with the extremely popular Fort William, Scotland, round. This will be the fourth event of the 2009 series for both the four cross and downhill events.

2009 is the eighth year for World Cup competition at "Fort Bill", on the slopes of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands. Last year, riders and spectators were treated to a surprisingly dry and dusty event; however, there are no guarantees of a repeat with the changeable weather that is a fact of life at this most northern World Cup.

Despite being removed from the nearest major population center (Glasgow) by nearly two hours, Fort William regularly attracts some of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of the World Cup circuit, with up to 20,000 fans battling the "midgies" - small, biting bugs that can leave welts that make the unfortunate recipient look like they have a bad case of chickenpox. The midgies this year are bad enough to have forced the cancellation of a scheduled cross country ride.


Despite the "midge factor", and a strong chance of rain, the spectators are sure to be out in good numbers. The Brits (and Scots) have lots to be excited about, with their own Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) leading the men's downhill standings, and another Brit - Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) - second in the women's category.

Both Peat and women's downhill series leader Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) are on a tear, at present. Each have won the last two events in their respective series, and hope to extend their leads in Fort William. For Peat, it would be a record fiftieth podium appearance, if he can finish in the top five.

However, their victories are by no means assured. Tracy Moseley and Peat's teammate Greg Minnaar each won at Fort William last year, and are certainly hoping to repeat. Sam Hill (Monster Energy-Specialized) was the fastest in timed training on Friday, and is still looking for that first World Cup win of the season with his new team, so expect him to be very motivated also.

The flu which has been dogging the World Cup circuit continues to hit riders, with Mick Hannah (GT Bikes) currently afflicted. It is unlikely that anyone will have to scratch due to sickness, but it could certainly be a factor in some performances.

The 2.82-kilometre run is one of the longer ones, requiring fitness for the open pedalling sections at the top, and technique for the slippery, wooded sections lower down. Much of the course is similar to previous editions, with a few changes in the wooded sections (parallel to the old course) just to keep it fresh. Riders are saying that they are happy with the course.

Four cross

In four cross competition, men's series leader Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) had his first loss in the third round, so he will be looking to show that he is still the top rider on the circuit. Dan Atherton (Animal-Commencal) is back in competition after a shoulder injury, and is the local favourite.

On the women's side, there have been three winners in three races, so this competition is wide open. Will it be series leader and round one winner Anneke Beerten (Suspension Center), round two winner Jill Kintner, or Britain's Fionn Griffths (Norco World Team), the winner of round three?

The four cross circuit is also similar to previous years, with a change to the first corner and some natural rock sections added to increase the speed.

Start list

Downhill Elite men

1 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate                               
2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate                             
3 Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles                                    
4 Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal                                 
5 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz           
6 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing                                 
7 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz    
8 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing                            
9 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team             
10 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles                                    
11 Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing                                   
12 Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11                                           
13 David Vazquez Lopez (Spa) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon         
14 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra)                                         
15 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) Massi                                 
16 Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team                   
17 Mickael Pascal (Fra) MSC Bikes                                     
18 Duncan Riffle (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing                           
19 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing                                    
20 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate                          
22 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kenda Morewood                                
23 Robin Wallner (Swe)                                                
24 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)                                               
25 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team                 
26 Fabien Cousinie (Fra)                                              
27 Dan Stanbridge (GBr)                                               
28 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) MS Evil Racing                              
30 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team                
31 Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles             
32 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn                                       
33 Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi                                     
34 Danny Hart° (GBr) Lapierre Powered By Saab Salomon                 
35 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense                  
36 Cody Warren (USA) Specialized Team America                         
37 Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)                                           
38 Tom Deacon (GBr) 2Stagefactory                                     
39 Kyle Strait (USA) Specialized Team America                         
40 Joris Bigoni (Fra)                                                 
41 Nathan Rennie (Aus) Kenda Morewood                                 
43 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense             
44 Bryn Atkinson (Aus)                                                
45 Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona                                            
46 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team             
47 Nathan Rankin (NZl) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker                     
48 Joshua Button (Aus)                                                
50 Luke Strobel (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles             
51 Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Mountain Bike Team                         
52 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11                                   
53 Bradley Benedict (USA) Duncan Riffle Racing                        
54 Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team                      
55 Antoine Badouard (Fra)                                             
56 Sam Dale (GBr)                                                     
58 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Dytech DH                                     
59 Ben Reid (Irl) Just Reid Race Team                                 
61 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense               
63 Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                       
64 Nicolas Ortiz (Fra)                                                
65 Benny Strasser (Ger)                                               
67 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team                     
68 Wyn Masters (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team                
70 Jonty Neethling (RSA)                                              
71 Matthew Scoles (NZl)                                               
72 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team          
73 Ben Cathro (GBr)                                                   
74 Joe Barnes (GBr)                                                   
75 Kieran Bennett (NZl) X-Fusion-Intense                              
76 Cesar Rojo (Spa)                                                   
77 Aari Barrett° (NZl) Scott 11                                       
80 Esteban Deronzier (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz 74                         
81 Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team                   
82 Marcel Beer (Swi)                                                  
83 Neil Donoghue (GBr)                                                
84 Marco Milivinti (Ita) Dytech DH                                    
85 Nico Vink (Bel)                                                    
86 Toni Berg (Fin)                                                    
87 Will Rischbieth (Aus)                                              
88 Dominik Gspan (Swi)                                                
89 Martin Frei (Swi)                                                  
90 Herman Olund (Swe)                                                 
91 Rhys Willemse° (Aus)                                               
92 Chris Hutchens (GBr)                                               
93 Daniel Wolfe (Irl)                                                 
94 Matej Vitko (Svk)                                                  
95 Gerard Wolfe (Irl)                                                 
96 Carlo Gambirasio (Ita) Surfing Shop                                
97 Mathieu Troquier (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team                   
98 Shaun O'connor° (Aus) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker                   
99 Marco Fidalgo (Por)                                                
100 Ralph Jones (GBr)                                                 
101 Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center                               
102 Adam Brayton (GBr) Just Reid Race Team                            
103 Renato Ventura (Por)                                              
104 Robert Smith (GBr)                                                
106 Roger Gonzalez Salvador (Spa) Spanish National team               
107 Brook Macdonald° (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team          
108 Tamryn Murrell° (Aus)                                             
109 David Smith (GBr)                                                 
110 Jan Javornik (Svk)                                                
111 James Hughes (GBr)                                                
112 Laurie Dinham° (Aus) Suspension Center                            
113 Loïc Delteil (Fra)                                                
115 Emyr Davies (GBr)                                                 
117 Davide Michelis (Ita) Surfing Shop                                
118 Yannick Colomb (Fra)                                              
119 Alex Bond (GBr)                                                   
120 Scott Mears (GBr)                                                 
121 Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Team Sunn                                   
122 Dennis Dertell (Swe)                                              
123 James Stock (GBr)                                                 
124 Will Longden (GBr)                                                
126 Fergus Lamb (GBr)                                                 
127 Jordi Bago (Spa)                                                  
128 Karl O'sullivan (Irl)                                             
129 Liam Mason (GBr)                                                  
130 Heikki Hall (USA)                                                 
131 Elias Somvi (Ita)                                                 
132 Fabrice Tirefort (Swi) Swiss National Team                        
134 Felix Beckeman° (Swe) Swedish National Team                       
135 Niklas Wallner (Swe) Swedish National Team                        
136 Nicolas Gspan (Swi) Swiss National Team                           
137 Scott Laughland (Irl) Irish National Team                         
138 Harry Heath° (GBr) British National Team                          
139 Bernard Kerr° (GBr) British National Team                         
140 Tim Hammar (Swe) Swedish National Team                            
141 Gareth Brewin° (GBr) British National Team                        
142 Ewan Doherty (Irl) Irish National Team                            
143 Mario Sieder (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team                      
145 Andréa Gamenara° (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team                
147 Arran Gannicott° (GBr) British National Team                      
148 Kristof Lenssens (Bel) Belgian National Team                      
149 Jonathan Brain (GBr) British National Team                        
150 Alex Powell° (GBr) 2Stagefactory                                  
151 Quentin Jacquet° (Fra) French National Team                       
153 Mattia Arduino (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team                  
154 Fredrik Hansson (Swe) Swedish National Team                       
155 Harry Molloy° (GBr) British National Team                         
156 Amado Stachenfeld (USA) US National Team                          
158 Francesco Petrucci° (Ita) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team       
160 Daniel Critchlow (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense              
161 Kevin Aiello° (USA) GT Bicycles                                   
162 Jamie Biluk (Can)                                                 
163 Stephen Beattie (Irl)                                             

Downhill Elite women

1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles           
2 Tracy Moseley (GBr) Trek World Racing                               
3 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center                              
4 Myriam Nicole (Fra)                                                 
5 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team                              
6 Floriane Pugin (Fra) Iron Horse-Kenda-Playbiker                     
7 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)                                                   
8 Céline Gros (Fra) Morzine-Avoriaz 74                                
9 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                                  
10 Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott 11                                 
11 Claire Buchar (Can) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense                  
12 Joanna Petterson (RSA)                                             
14 Helen Gaskell (GBr)                                                
17 Katy Curd (GBr)                                                    
18 Micayla Gatto (Can)                                                
19 Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Team Vario Racing                              
20 Sarah Newman (GBr)                                                 
21 Anita Molcik (Aut)                                                 
22 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)                                     
23 Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)                                            
24 Jessica Stone (GBr) 2Stagefactory                                  
25 Caroline Sax (Fra)                                                 
26 Sophie Borderes (Fra)                                              
27 Marjorie Cholez (Fra)                                              
28 Aimee Dix (GBr)                                                    
29 Fanny Lombard° (Fra) French National Team                          
30 Leoni-Caro. Dickerhoff° (Ger)                                      
31 Neven Steinmetz (USA) US National Team                             
32 Emma Wareham (GBr) British National Team                           
33 Kerry Wrigglesworth (GBr) British National Team                    
34 Jaymie Mart (Bar)                                                  
35 Harriet Latchem (GBr) British National Team                        
36 Bex Reilly° (GBr) British National Team                            
37 Emma Atkinson° (GBr) British National Team                         
38 Monet Adams° (GBr) British National Team                           

Four cross elite men

65 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team                 
66 Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (Spa) Specialized Factory Racing      
67 Joost Wichman (Ned)                                                
68 Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal                                
69 Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn                                    
70 Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                          
72 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)                                             
73 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                     
74 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing                                    
75 Jurg Meijer (Ned)                                                  
76 Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK                             
77 Sascha Meyenborg (Ger)                                             
79 Michal Prokop (Cze)                                                
80 Tomas Slavik (Cze)                                                 
81 Lewis Lacey (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense                    
82 Quentin Derbier (Fra)                                              
83 Dominik Gspan (Swi)                                                
84 Joey Van Veghel (Ned)                                              
85 Matej Vitko (Svk)                                                  
86 Will Longden (GBr)                                                 
87 David Graf (Swi)                                                   
88 Adrian Weiss (Swi) Scott 11                                        
89 Pascal Seydoux (Swi)                                               
90 Bernard Kerr (GBr) British National Team                           
91 Adrian Kiener (Swi)                                                
92 Martin Frei (Swi)                                                  
93 Thomas Schäfer (Ger) Solid Aclass Factory Team                     
94 William Evans (GBr)                                                
95 Thomas Tokarczyk (USA)                                             
97 Patrick Campbell-Jenner (GBr)                                      
98 Ludovic Gadois (Fra) Team Vario Racing                             
99 Heikki Hall (USA)                                                  
100 Sidney Gerber (Swi)                                               
101 Tom Dowie (GBr)                                                   
102 Felix Beckeman (Swe) Swedish National Team                        
103 Matthieu Faury (Fra)                                              
104 Scott Roberts (GBr)                                               
105 Nicolas Gspan (Swi) Swiss National Team                           
106 Michal Marosi (Cze)                                               
107 Stefan Scherz (Ger)                                               
109 Nico Seidel (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team                           
110 Javier Guijarro Villacieros (Spa) XMS-Devinci World Cup Team      
111 Duncan Ferris (GBr)                                               
112 James Norton (GBr)                                                
113 Werner Muther (Swi)                                               
114 Mark Van Lankveld (Ned)                                           
117 Petrik Brückner (Ger)                                             
118 Ghislain Ricci (Fra)                                              
119 Richard Cunynghame (GBr)                                          
120 Richard Norton (GBr)                                              
121 Dave Richardson (GBr)                                             
122 Kieran Mcavoy (GBr)                                               
123 Tom Knight (GBr)                                                  
124 Bela Thalmann (Ger)                                               
125 Stephen Simms (GBr)                                               
126 Jan Svub (Cze)                                                    
127 Daniel Yeomans (GBr)                                              
128 Roger Rinderknecht (Swi) GT Bicycles                              
129 Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense                 

Four cross elite women

17 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Suspension Center                             
18 Fionn Griffiths (GBr) Norco World Team                             
19 Melissa Buhl (USA)                                                 
20 Jana Horakova (Cze)                                                
21 Mio Suemasa (Jpn)                                                  
22 Anita Molcik (Aut)                                                 
23 Caroline Buchanan (Aus)                                            
24 Angelika Hohenwarter (Aut)                                         
25 Rachel Seydoux (Swi)                                               
26 Helene Valerie Fruhwirth (Aut)                                     
27 Eva Castro Fernandez (Spa)                                         
28 Jill Kintner (USA)                                                 
29 Neven Steinmetz (USA)                                              
30 Lucia Oetjen (Swi)                                                 
31 Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Suspension Center                             
32 Steffi Marth (Ger)                                                 
33 Charlie Phillips (GBr)                                             
34 Katy Curd (GBr)                                                    
35 Joanna Petterson (RSA)