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​We're enjoying a week of awesome weather at Fort William, but if anything, that might just make the track even rougher to ride. Be that as it may, qualifying took place today under blue skies and provided plenty of drama. Danny Hart failed to capitalise on yesterday's Timed Practice result, dropping over 10 seconds on his time and landing some ways down the field. Gee Atherton put all his power and Fort William experience to good use to take home top spot with a couple of seconds to spare, but the big news of the day belongs to Ed Masters, who put in his best effort ever to finish second. He gets to watch Aaron Gwin head down the track 3 minutes before he drops in for his final run tomorrow, a rare privilege!

Other notables: Adam Brayton in 5th just 3 seconds back and Luca Shaw with an excellent 6th place both rode their dual-digit number plates to unusually high finishes, and will be well stoked with today's result. We're also happy to see Remi Thirion back from recent injury, apparently ready to take on the gruelling beast that is Fort William, and of course, how could we not mention Peaty - 10 seconds off Gee, finishing around the 30th spot, qualified and ready to do some more damage in tomorrow's final. And watch out for Belgian wonderkid Martin Maes, squeezing in a little DH action into his Enduro World Series agenda and qualifying comfortably in 26th for his first ever Elite Men World Cup DH appearance (he was still a junior when he won here last year)! Minnaar, Bryceland, and Fearon failed to crack the top-80 but are protected and will race tomorrow. Sadly, no such luck for Sam Blenkinsop and Sam Dale who struggled today and will miss the finals. Notable DNFs: Mick Hannah and Bernard Kerr - we don't know at this point if they're injured, but both are protected and can race tomorrow if able.

In the ladies, Manon Carpenter will be stoked to have taken 5 seconds out of Rachel Atherton, although much like in the men's race, her winning time was a couple of seconds off Rachel's best Timed Practice time from yesterday. Tracey Hannah will also be encouraged by her strong 3rd place run here today, just half a second behind Atherton.

In the Juniors, Finn Iles proved that his win in the season opener in Lourdes was far from a fluke, returning from the wrist injury sustained in Cairns to claim the qualifying win here in Fort William today, ahead of a tight field packed with talent.

Fort William 2016 World Cup Qualifying, Elite Men (full results)


Fort William 2016 World Cup Qualifying, Elite Women (full results)


Fort William 2016 World Cup Qualifying, Junior Men (full results)


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