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The best riders from the world of women’s mountain biking are in Scotland to take on Fort William’s legendary downhill course. Find out who won the women’s downhill final.
Fort William is regarded as the spiritual home of downhill and is probably the best-attended downhill round on the World Cup circuit. Fans in their thousands regularly descend on the uncompromising slopes of Aonach Mor and the Nevis Range to watch the world’s elite take on one of the longest tracks in downhill.
It was French rider Marine Cabirou keeping the hot seat warm as the top five riders began their runs. She’d managed to get through the technical sections fastest in qualifying, and a strong sprint as she entered the motorway section saw her bumping British rider Katy Curd from the top spot.
The phenomenon of the Enduro World Series, Cecile Ravanel, returned to the downhill bike to take on her second ever World Cup race. Attacking from the off, there was no doubt in the French rider’s fitness, but she was unable to remove Cabirou from the hot seat.
Australian Tracey Hannah was the winner at last year’s race, and tucking on the boardwalk at the top to conserve her energy for the rest of the course, Hannah rode the course smoothly and smart. Off Cabirou’s time in the splits however, she managed to make up a little coming into the final jumps, but crossing the line 0.9 seconds back, and Cabirou was able to extended her stay in the hot seat – but only until Tahnée Seagrave took to the course.
Flying over the road-gap midway down the course, Seagrave was already a massive 7.8 seconds ahead of Cabirou. Advancing her domination as the course ran on, Seagrave was going all out, and as she crested the Scotland arch to drop into the finish arena, she even pulled a one-hander jump to the delight of the waiting crowd. As she crossed the line Seagrave had amassed an amazing lead of 10 seconds on the current fastest.
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