Video: Danny Hart blazes Fort William downhill course

Giant rider at home in the UK and in gnarly conditions

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Giant downhiller and 2011 world champ Danny Hart took us along for a ride on his practice run from Scottland’s famed Fort William downhill course which was used as a stop on the British Downhill Series last weekend and will host a World Cup stop in early June. The recording shows the course’s signature features, from the famed Motorway section, to the slab rocks, narrow bridges and woods section that punctuate the fast, rocky descent.

Danny Hart Fort William

Unfortunately, Hart succumbed to one of the track’s many rocks during his finals run, suffering a rear flat and finishing some 10 seconds off the pace of winner Gee Atherton of Team GT. Madison Saracen’s Matthew Simmonds crossed the line second fastest while GT’s Marc Beaumont came third. In the women’s division Lapierre’s Emeline Ragot took the win with Madison Saracen’s Manon Carpenter second and Evil’s Morgane Charre third.

Danny Hart Fort William

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • mark says:

    I was watching the top section and thinking to myself that it really didn’t appear that quick but once he got down into the trees, I actually felt tension from watching his incredible speed.
    Brilliant ride

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