Kade Edwards performs at UCI DH World Cup in Fort William, United Kingdom on May 22, 2022 // Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202205220745 // Usage for editorial use only //
Fort William World Cup DH didn’t dissapoint!
Amuary Pierron dropped in to produce one hell of a downhill run in difficult Fort William conditions on Sunday to remain undefeated after two rounds of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season as German Nina Hoffman earned her second World Cup win.
Frenchman Pierron won the opening 2022 round in Lourdes and he needed to draw on all his speed and guile down the slippery course to hold off compatriot Thibaut Daprela and Briton Laurie Greenland, who was up at the first two splits but lost time on the second half to finish third last man down.
France’s Benoit Coulanges came fourth and 2020 UCI MTB World Cup DH champion Matt Walker fifth as Pierron extended his overall lead over Greenland and Coulanges to 166 points with his victory completing a hat-trick at the iconic Scottish course following 2018 and 2019 victories.
All that said and done, our standout hits for the race had to be seeing Connor Fearon rocking his trail bike down possibly the roughest track in existence, Luke Meier Smith stomping his way into the top 10 with his best result a solid 9th, Kye A’Hern rolling with the big dogs and of course Kade Edwards letting loose on the motorway after an early run washout. Boom!
Winning three in a row here is really difficult. I didn’t feel good at the beginning of the weekend. The British were crazy fast this weekend. It has been really tough. It was really windy at the top, but I gave everything over the bridge. A battle to reach the bottom.”
In the women’s DH race, Hoffman won by over three seconds from Switzerland’s Camille Balanche with France’s Myriam Nicole third, Italian Eleonora Farina fourth and Austrian Valentina Höll fifth.
Legendary, winning at Fort William. It was almost the perfect run. The fans are amazing. You just don’t have to care about the conditions. Trust your bike.”