Road Trip 3: Fort William, Scotland – Willingen, Germany

After all the excitement of the World Cup, the long drive to Germany was looking like a mighty big hill to climb though luckily we had managed to pick up some stowaways in the back of Gladys in the form of George Brannigan and Veronique Sandler.  The two kiwi riders were looking for a ride … Continue reading Road Trip 3: Fort William, Scotland – Willingen, Germany

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Fort William World Cup wrap up

When you drive into the event village at Fort William, the first thing you notice apart from the Midgies (more about them later) is the buzz surrounding the place, this world cup is unlike any other on the circuit. The World Cup has been coming here every year for the past 9 years and the … Continue reading Fort William World Cup wrap up

Road Trip 2: Val di Sole, Italy – Fort William, Scotland.

Road trip 2 – Val di sole, Italy – Fort William, Scotand. At the conclusion of the race in Val di Sole we were faced with the prospect of a 2300km drive up to Scotland with only 3 days to do it in.  With both Richard and I being quite tired and not really keen  … Continue reading Road Trip 2: Val di Sole, Italy – Fort William, Scotland.

Val Di Sole World Cup wrap up – part 2.

Day 3 – Seeding At 95% of downhill events, the format for the racing is a two stage affair. In either the morning of the race or sometimes the afternoon before, all of the riders have a seeding run in which they race as fast or as slow as they want to determine what position … Continue reading Val Di Sole World Cup wrap up – part 2.

Val di Sole World cup wrap – Part 1.

Day 1 - Arrival/Intro: “Val di Sole”. In downhill mountain biking these 3 words are synonymous with many descriptive words and easy is certainly not one of them. For those of you that don’t ride, think of the steepest,  most difficult trail or path you have ever walked then think of every detail that makes … Continue reading Val di Sole World cup wrap – Part 1.