The second round of the 2022 UCI Downhill World Cup season is almost upon us and it’s going to be nail biting round of racing at Fort William. A fixture of the World Cup circuit since 2002, Fort Bill is a venue that provides us with a spectacle year in, year out. Back after a break due to COVID-19, Fort William is home to one of the rowdiest crowds and rockiest tracks. Here’s the live broadcast times…..
By Mike Branch
The first round of the season saw some of the biggest names in the business dominate, the triumphant return to the top step of Amaury Pierron and three out of the top five Elite Men hailed from France. Specialized Gravity took out 2nd and 3rd place in the elite men with Finn Iles beating Loic Bruni by the narrowest of margins.
In the Elite Women’s field Camille Balanche took the top step over Miriam Nicole on French soil, driving home the fact that she is a serious contender for the overall this year. Tahnee Seagrave made a return to form as she continues to find her pace after a long recovery from injury.
So who will take the top step at Fort William? Greg Minaar has won there 7 times since 2002, of the last five times the World Cup has graced Fort Bill, the GOAT has taken the top step three times. However, the last two visits to Fort William have seen Amaury Pierron take the win and given his form, he may well be the favourite.
Does that mean only one of these two racers will take the win? Absolutely not, of the top 60 riders there is at least 15 that can take the win this year at Fort William.
The Elite Women’s field is a little more complicated, whilst there isn’t the depth of the men’s field there is still more depth than any other year. The only woman racing this year that has previously won at Fort William is Tahnee Seagrave, unless of course we see the return of Rachel Atherton. Of the top ten ladies, there are perhaps five that could take the win, who that will be time will tell.
This weekend is going to see another amazing round of the traveling circus that is the UCI Downhill World Cup and there’s absolutely no doubt that the if you miss the action you’ll want to give yourself an uppercut. Click the links below and above and watch all the action on Red Bull TV.