NS Bikes UR Team
Fort William World Cup

Words by Tracey Hannah

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to the world cup! 

 This weekend we were in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. After a 3-year hiatus it was great to be back in hills of Fort William. The track here is very physical – the longest track of the season at a whopping 2.8kms long and hard on the body. The sun tried to poke through the clouds but for the most part it was a very wet and sloppy race day making the track even more difficult.


For Vanesa after racing the last 7 weekends in a row she felt well prepared. It was her first time here in Fort William, and it did not hold back its brutality. She was loving the track and riding super well  however, a crash in her qualifying run caused and old injury to flare up and she wasn’t able to start come race day. We are very proud of Vanesa for the way she takes on challenges and makes mature decisions. 


George is riding really well, and we are confident we haven’t seen everything he has in the tank just yet. Unfortunately, coming into Fort William he was sick which meant he just didn’t have the energy to give everything he could to his race today. This is the kind of track where you need to be 100% and some to really put a good run in. He finished in 47th. 


Battling the elements and some challenges along the way Kye showed us that even though he’s from the dry dusty down under he can still compete with the best in treacherous conditions. He had a great run the whole way down and felt really good on track coming through the line to finish 22nd. He was on track for a top 20 until he took a foot off in the woods before a huge drop and for a moment thought he was in the middle of redbull rampage. We are very happy for him and his result and even more happy to see him proud of his race today.  

Tracey Hannah

This weekend I was back in the commentary booth with Rob Warner. Being that last time, we were here I finished a close 2nd I did feel a little bit of eagerness to be back on the bike riding down this insanely difficult track. At the end of the day I was happy to be dry and warm.

The team are now off to Dirt Masters in (hopefully sunny) Winterberg, Germany for the IXS cup. 

Wish them luck and follow along as they continue through the World Cup DH Season!