The 2016 UCI World Cup Downhill at Fort William was an emotional day, regardless of race results. This was the first World Cup race without DH family member, Stevie Smith, who passed away a few weeks ago. His life was celebrated all weekend with a memorial run and every rider and team expressing sadness for his loss. Thank you Red Bull for the webcast tribute run in honor of Stevie. #longlivechainsaw

DH legend, Steve Peat, who's racing his last World Cup season took his last Fort William run this weekend. The 43-year-old dropped in to a screaming crowd that could have probably been heard from space. Peaty and his crew built a bar in the pits for his Last Orders. Peaty, thanks for all you've done (and will continue to do) for our sport! We raise a glass to you.

Racing is always dramatic at Fort William with a long, brutal race course and usually questionable weather conditions. The weather this weekend was nothing short of spectacular, making the fast, rough course even faster and rougher.

In Junior Men's racing, Finn Iles, took a 3.5-second win despite a wrist injury sustained just a few weeks earlier at the round in Cairns. Matt Walker, who was up at the fastest at the first split, suffered problems and finished last.

Rachel Atherton is in a league of her own among the Elite Women. Her qualifying times indicated her dominance, but a crash kept her off the top spot yesterday in qualifying. She more than made up for it today by taking her 9th World Cup win in a row by over 12 seconds to Tracey Hannah. Rachel was fastest through all splits and held quickest top speed, proving she's untouchable on race day. 1st place qualifier, Manon Carpenter, pushed hard and tried to gap a root section before the motorway and slid off track. Times were indicating and 2nd place finish until the crash and her effort was rewarded with a 3rd place result.

Racing was dramatic in the Elite Men's class. Greg Minnaar was the first rider to put a major dent in qualifying and timed training results with a 4:35.6 and 17 riders later, no one could catch him. Greg Minnaar won his 19th World Cup downhill. Danny Hart set the fastest time of the weekend prior to race day during timed training. He was ahead of Minnaar's time at the first split, but slowly lost time through every sector on the flatter, lower portion of the course finishing 3rd. Adam Brayton made an impressive run resulting in a stellar 4th place result. Troy Brosnan rounded out the podium in 5th place and American, Luca Shaw, clocked a solid 6th place! Aaron Gwin just looked a bit out of rhythm through the rougher sections of the course with split times that were off pace. His power through the last section of track helped him pull back time which yielded a 2nd place. Eddie Masters let the nerves get the best of him on his finals run. Crashes plagued his run, but his 2nd place qualifier is what we'll remember. Gee Atherton, the fastest qualifier and last rider down gave it his all but crashed at the top of the course, pushing too hard and destroying all chances of victory.

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Elite Men's Results

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Elite Women's Results

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Junior Men's Results

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