Endurance Downhill
Lowepro Endurance Downhill 

For many the very idea of an Endurance Downhill  event is madness, if you were then to suggest that the event should take place on the downhill track at Fort William, well that would be crazy. Crazy it is then! On Saturday the 8th of July just short of 100  riders lined up ready for battle, a battle that would test strength, stamina, machine and perhaps most importantly tactics that ensure a level of consistancy  to see them  through the day.

Lowepro the title sponsor for this race are celebrating their 50th year, it was therefore fitting that Tim Sadler from Lowepro had number fifty on his board. Tim has been a huge fan of the race for along time and was delighted when the opporunity arrived to not only ride  it again but to become the title sponsor. 

Weather is always  going to play its part  at Fort William  and Saturday was no exception. With clear skies and a good breeze the race started at 1530, with every run riders were  commenting on the wind "Its quite windy","Its fair blowing the Gondola about" being some of the more  prinatble. Just about the four hour mark the decision was taken that it was all over, it was getting marginal for the gondolas to keep operatingand was becoming  not safe. All round this was agreed to be the  correct decision, some riders were possibly quite relieved it was all  over.

The race  starts with the traditional  Le Mans  style start with riders running to their bikes and then ascending  the mountain to the wall ride where they join the course and get down to business.  Ben Moore showing his enthusiasm leading the run before  the dreaded uphill cycle.

There were three categories, Downhill, Enduro  and Hardtail. For 2017 there were no hardtail entries so it was a battle between enduro and downhill. Threatning skies  over the stunning vistas that the world famous course provides.

It was Fergus Lamb who ran out the evntual winner with 10 laps. 10 very consistant runs the fastest being 5mins and 11 seconds and the slowest being 5 mins 24 seconds. With Alastair macLennan in second place with all of his laps within an eleven second window.  Sam Homes  finnished in an impresive third place , this being the first time he had  ridden Fort william.In the ladies  field it was the recently crowned world masters Fiona Beattie who took the win with 9 completed runs.

DH Men  Fergus Lamb 1st Alastair MacLennan 2nd and  Sam Holmes 3rd

DH Woman Fiona Beattie 1st Lynette Deacon 2nd and Shona MacKinnon 3rd

Enduro Men   Brett Jackson 1st , Christopher Henry 2nd and David Cocker 3rd

Enduro Woman Rosie Holdsworth 1st,  Jennie Rennie 2nd and Sophie Nuttal 3rd.

You can access full results here

Thanks to Tim Sadler and Lowepro for their support and to Charles Robertson for the amazing pics.