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Fort William World Cup Kick Off Slideshow

<b>Segway into Fort William and the first World Cup of 2013! Scotland is easily one of my favorite places in the world to ride. I always try squeeze in a day or three of riding, so it's worth it, even when Chris Ball forces me onto a loaner 29er. Hell hasn't frozen over and the experience was rather enlightening. Enough *enduro* talk, it's WORLD CUP DOWNHILL TIME!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Math degree finished and Scotland bound for Duncan Philpott...what a trip! [CONGRATS, DUNCAN! Here's a celebration Pi for you, 3.14 -gordo]</b> -Selfie

<b>Irony? Man-made stunt claiming natural? Here's to hoping we don't get a repeat of last year's natural attack #midegmageddon. Cedric in audio.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>S stands for Scotland. Don't let the fun track fool you into too many runs.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Marshals at Fort William always have their own style and command respect. It's a great view to the finish...</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The Hoff testing out a new Lensbaby-Canon collab piece that you can't get yet..</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>All eyes on Aaron Gwin. He won here last year and 8 months is a long time off.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Cement-armored berms ready for railing as demonstrated by Ratboy. #sleeper</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A new, loamy section of the course has been taped wide with plenty of line choice.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Elsewhere the Kiwi boys made their own impact on the course while the builders turned a blind eye. The course this year features rock, wood, loam and cement and 8=D</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Adam Brayton is feeling like a million bucks after last weekend's BDS victory. He's trying to figure out if his swollen head will make it between the narrow trees in the "new" old woods section.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Peaty has been a busy guy on the build up to Fort William. Being the legend he is he always has lots of projects and commitments on the go. Thankfully that guy in the boat didn't leave him stranded out there.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>In true Dudes of Hazzard style, loam was shredded this evening as a BBQ-fueled Dual Slalom race went down on the slopes opposite the World Cup track. Local kids even turned up to get autographs from their local heroes!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Team GT are a solid unit. Marc Beaumont hopes to not make the same mistake as last year after qualifying first then crashing in the final.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Fort Bill and the usual mix of blind gnarliness.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>A new section of track has been built including an Evel Knievel gap over the creek. World Champ and new MS Mondraker rider, Morgane Charre, gives it a look. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Casey Brown proves she's hard as nails doing the course walk in bare (not bear) feet!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>We will revisit this slide come sunday. Just add 10 000 fans. and 10 000 000 midges. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sven rules. Sleeping on couch in Atherton pits on purpose!!!</b> -gordo

<b>Just the sight of the Tissot timing has me excited for the year ahead. It's about damn time. Stay tuned Vital race fans! We're comin' in hot...</b> -Sven Martin

The 2013 UCI World Cup Downhill season is finally here and it kicks off in the highlands of Scotland and Fort William. Enjoy the first of many exciting slideshows documenting the racing action and lifestyle behind the rowdiest sport on a bicycle. Sven Martin and Duncan Philpott get this party started right!

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