In the women’s race Great Britains’s Manon Carpenter put in an amazing run to steal the hot seat from Emile Ragot with a great 5:18.985, even more impressive given that she was fighting food poisoning on Friday.
Rachel was last down having qualified fastest in Saturdays qualification round. She didn’t disappoint the record Fort William crowd when she went quickest at all three interval times, breaking the timing beam on the finish line she set an amazing 5.08.84 which set her winning margin to a massive 10 seconds. In her race run Rachel said “ It felt sketchy from the start – there were loads of places where I was half an inch off my line and skidding – it felt awful. I was convinced I’d thrown it away, I couldn’t believe it when I can through the finish and saw the time, and everyone was going wild for me. I made a sign for the podium because I want to say a massive thank you to all of the fans for sticking by me, and to GT for the brilliant new Fury and all of the sponsors who really work us, and to Dan Brown and Lundy and the team, I felt so relaxed this weekend, right up to my run everything went so smooth.Thanks.”
The podium in the Men’s Elite was always going to be hard fought with 6 or 7 riders qualifying within seconds of each other. The crowd went absolutely crazy as Brook MacDonald took the lead with 4.37.854, Steve Smith following just 0.2 behind. ‘Sick’ Mick Hannah was 0.2 up on Brook at the first split but he lost time to sit in third behind Smith until Sam Blenkinsop toppled him by 0.4. Gee was last but one to race and he positively flew down the track – despite a small bobble with a rock that damaged his chain, he was 1.2 seconds up at the first split and the crowd went crazy, at split two he was still 1.129 up and he finished on a lightning hot 4.36.712 – breaking his own course record. Only Danny Hart remained but he couldn’t get close to the top guys finishing 7th with 4.39.56.
Gee said “I am so stoked, I Loved that. When I saw Rachel’s results I knew I had it all to do – I’m really proud of her , thanks everyone.”