Downhill World Cup 2019 - Fort William

June 03 — 2019 | Fort William, Scotland

It’s been six weeks since Nina revealed her custom V10 at Maribor and now we find ourselves at Fort William, deep in the Ben Nevis mountain range of Northern Scotland. Fort Bill is one of the most iconic World Cup stops of the season. The track is often slick, visibility low from fog and mist, and the terrain technical and fast. With a long break between races, Nina and the rest of the riders were well rested and more than ready to get going, and fast.

Trackwalk was casual, the pits a party (with the Syndicate guys just having thrown down for a karaoke machine), and practice kicked off in conditions that were among the most dreadful of all time. Wind and rain hit the riders hard from the start house to the finish line and made it nearly impossible to see the course through mud-speckled, and sometimes mud-caked, goggles.

Slippery rocks and muddy goggles, name a better combo. 

Nothing much improved for qualifiers but Juliana’s Nina Hoffman had learned from practice. She blew through the mud bogs and chewed up the infinite granite boulders with the finesse of a veteran. Off the track unscathed and onto finals.

 Nina making her way into 3rd place.

Although the air would clear a little—even including some sun—for the Elite Men, the Elite women had their work cut out for them. Nina charged out of the gate with confidence and section-over-section she stole seconds away from her competitors as she navigated the slippery, muddy course in finals. Her focus, smart line choice, and flawless run landed her in third and onto her first-ever World Cup podium for Juliana.
Not bad for a 23-year-old who had just raced Fort William for the first time in her career. The weekend’s results pushed Nina into fourth overall in the series, and now she’s off to Leogang, Austria with confidence.

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