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<b>The motorway. Night Ranger would sing, "Motorway, dun dun duhhhn. What's your price fo' flight?!!" The answer would be, pedaling balls and carrying some serious mo'. Gwin has it covered.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Tahnee Seagrave's #copparide charity bike that you saw in PIT BITS. She is bringing attention to women's breast cancer and raising money for #coppafeel. Her partners have done an admirable job pulling together this custom whip.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Brendan, Neethling and Olly Wilkins staying positive about all things Scottish and the weather in Fort William.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>The super fans are already out in force.</b> @maddogboris
<b>Gee with the umbrella depth gauge in the oddly-taped muddy bog rut that is now part of the course.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Picture in picture with the new Pulse.</b> @maddogboris, audio by Fraser Britton
<b>50:01 continued with some Lizard Skins lock-ons for Ratty...</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Sam Dale with new 50:01 Marsh Guards. "Fifty to One" is a new venture with Josh Bryceland.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Is it for you? Danny's got a history of solid results here at Fort William.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>A semi-interesting, new banked turn after the road gap.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Taylor Vernon is no longer a Junior anymore, but he has been putting in some fast times in the Elites. He has come a long way from a near career ending injury.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Winter clothing shoot or a Fort William course walk? Manon.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Meanwhile team NZ keeps it strictly shorts in summer.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Rachel Atherton has been helping out the Junior girl riders at all the BDS races thus far. The future continues to be bright for British DH.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Rachel wanted to double check the actual depth of the hidden holes in the boggy ruts. Committed. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Bog's-eye view.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>While no one will call Ft. William a bike park track, it sure looks like one here.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Ladbrokes betting has the odds for Men's and Women's DH. Media squids hedge their bets. We will revisit the results of this on sunday. #holdthumbs</b> -Sven Martin
<b>This second tape designates the "B Zone." At the BDS, photographers and crowds had to be BEHIND this second tape due to legal liability rules. Will one of the most spectator-friendly venues be dogged by overzealous course tapers? Sorry iPhone photographers.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>New, fastest lines taped in the woods this year. Split decisions to be made before the road gap. Both will be a much faster entry than last year's bus-stop-dog-leg. Claudio Caluori in audio.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>SOFT! Last minute course diversion?</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>XC Matt D as he is now known, brings the right footwear to Scotland's boggy peat mess on the side of the track. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Ruaridh and Reece Wilson switch from Enduro last weekend to DH this weekend. Both better well-known for their DH pasts.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Rachel passes through the Monster tunnel during course walk today.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>A prelude to the erratic Fort William weather. A minor detour on the way up north to the Tweed Valley provided some good fun on two wheels.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Yesterday's ride in Peebles before setting off for Ft William. Legends and locals.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Martin Maes ready to back up his Junior DH win here from last year. Hard to believe this Enduro sensation is still a Junior.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>Remnants of the BDS race held here two weeks ago. #schrapnel</b> -Sven Martin
<b>It's not all rock and cat litter, the woods look like they can catch as many people out as ever with large roots crisscrossing the trail.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>The snow was blanketing these upper slopes just a few days ago with plenty of weather still expected on Saturday.</b> -Sven Martin
<b>The road through Glencoe looks foreboding this year. With recent snowfall the weather is staying strictly Scottish.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>There's beauty in the valleys though.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Mike Jones looks pensive with increasing pressure on his young shoulders. First up for track walk to get a people-free view of every little detail. He's gordo's pick in OTB, too. #addedpressure</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Joe Smith's coming fresh off a British Downhill Series win against a stacked field. Here's to hoping he holds some momentum here.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Michael Bonney would have ridden the thing here. Meanwhile Brendan stays strictly S4P...#Sorry4Posing</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>The inviting version of this land.</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>While riders walked the track, skiers and snowboarders hiked to the remaining snow on Ben Nevis to put down some runs of their own! #rockskis</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Red Run Radness for post-practice-media-squids fun. </b> -Sven Martin
<b>Betwen Neil, Kaos and Tahnee, there's a fair bit of racing history pasted on the walls of the FMD trailer. Neil's grinning over the prospect of a bigger Event Scotland arch jump...which means bigger whips!</b> -Duncan Philpott
<b>Danny looks over the changing weather while measuring up how his wide bars will fair in the start gate. Stay tuned for the epic riding action as practice kicks off tomorrow in Scotland.</b> -Duncan Philpott
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IT'S BACK! Time for the UCI World Cup Downhill round 2 in Fort William, Scotland. The course has some fresh sections, the weather is unpredictable and every MTB wheel within sight of the track is waiting to be beaten. Sven, Duncan and Boris deliver the best from Scotland.

Vital RAW - Case-o-rama and Wind Tunnels in Fort William

PIT BITS - Fort William World Cup

Fort William Track Preview with Claudio Caluori

Win a SRAM X01 DH 7-speed Kit - Vital OTB




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