Fort Bill's Aonach Mor mountainside provides one of the greatest courses on the downhill racing circuit, and packs in a whole load of rock gardens, rock slabs, big jumps and technical natural sections down its 2.8km long course. Descending 555m, it's one of the longest and toughest on the circuit too, and with some major upgrades since last year's World Cup we're in for a treat come race day!
The lower motorway section, a pedally flat stretch before the spectacular entry to the finish arena, is due for a major revamp that will introduce higher speeds and some big jumps – here's a little video taster of what to expect:
MTBCut photographer Sebastian Schieck is with the team at every World Cup event this year, providing us with his usual high-quality pics. Here are the pics from day one at Fort William:
In the distance you can see part of the 2.8km course snaking up Aonach Mor
Line choice is key: "Which boulder to avoid?"
One of the many rock gardens on the wheel-buckling course
The new motorway section should provide the perfect whip strip
Joe Smith ponders the lines
Al Bond (left) and Joe Smith
Discussing bike setup and a game plan in the pits
The much-loved Team Nukeproof Scalps