The annual return to Fort William is always a punishing weekend for World Cup downhillers, but this year seemed especially brutal.
Tahnée Seagrave crashed out hard on Friday, Loic Bruni looked like he’d been in a brawl, and numerous other riders touched the ground harder than they’d anticipated by the time the last rider crossed the finish line on Sunday.
Aaron Gwin was among the many elite racers to be taken down by the foul weather and hard rocks at Fort William. For the multiple time World Cup overall winner, though, his spectacular race ending crash added insult to injury. Injury, and stolen bike.
All in all, the lead up to Fort William World Cup was not a week Gwin would like to remember.
After sustaining an ugly looking angle injury in training, Gwin had his Intense M-29 race bike stolen from the Intense Factory Racing team van outside their Edinburgh hotel. Then Lady Luck’s misfortunes culminated with the crash just moments into Gwin’s Fort Bill race run. While the American walked away unscathed, somehow. But he’s certainly hoping for better luck this week leading into the next World Cup weekend in Leogang, Austria which starts Friday.
Go behind the scene’s with Intense Factory Racing’s report from Fort Bill. There’s details on the full saga of Aaron Gwin’s no good, very bad week in Scotland.