Fort William SDA
September 17 2010
The fifth round of the SDA took the final procession to the Nevis range. An important race for those looking for the overall on a course which always attracts big numbers. The top of the track was the usual affair, and after a wet start to the weekend, the early runs saw drier conditions as the wind swept across taking much of the moisture with it. The woods were a slightly more damp affair but with the track drying out, the soft mud brought tacky grip as the riders threw their bike off the boardwalk corner and straight down the hill. Dropping into the motorway section brought the usual deal, a sprint to clear the top jump, a fly down into the right hander, over the hip, then the pump and pedal to the Tissot jump and Wall section. Dropping into the finish area, the usual crowd of spectators welcomed riders to the bottom, and the Orange guys turned up to watch proceedings after Saturday's Tour de Ben Nevis.
First mention goes to Adam Hughes, the young Scottish ripper is absolutely ragging his Five at the moment, throwing shapes all over the course and getting faster with each race. It will be really interesting to see how he comes along next season.
Moving onto Vets, Alastair Maclennan did the business on his super bright 224-evolution, taking the win by over 18 seconds. Alastair was one of a handful of riders racing the Orange Tour de Ben Nevis and the SDA final in the same weekend. Respect to all who did the same, especially Pete Scullion who managed his best ever time, looks like cross-training works out, who needs a practise day....
Vaughan Evans was in attendance from the Orange Mountain Bikes paint shop, 'big guns' rocked it to 13th place in Masters, good work that man.
Fourth place in Masters went to Mark Wilcox, looks like the DH bug has officially caught again.
The racing in Seniors has been interesting this season, Sam Flanagan took the win at Fort William, with James Shirley in second.
In Juniors, respect goes to Allan Findlay, he pulled it out and did enough to take his 224 to the series win. Good work Allan, and well done on winning another 224-evolution frame, you can have a practice and race bike now...
In the Elites, Ben Cathro took the win with his fastest time coming in his denim equipped first race run. He put the race shorts on for his second run but he'd already done enough to take the win from Fergus lamb.
MTBcut team mate Joe Barnes came in fourth place, flying the flag for the Fort William locals and taking him to third overall.
Chris Hutchens managed a fifth on the day, fantastic work considering he only used one of his race runs, too tired to push back to the gondola after the Tour de Ben Nevis on Saturday.
Here's the overall podium shot with the MTBcut crew, and we need to send a massive thank you to Ian Linton for the constant supply of fantastic photography from the SDA events. Without him the event reportage would have been impossible. If you want to buy any prints or contact him to see if he's caught you flying on film, visit his website.