World Cup Fort William: Chainless in Highlands

Dakotah Norton was all out of luck in today’s final in Fort William! He snapped his chain during the forceful take off out of the start gates, and had to cruise down to the finish arena, where thousands of amazing fans welcomed him.

Dakotah is not stranger to riding without a chain, that is part of his winter training routine and helps him find the best ways to keep the momentum down the hill. His final run in Fort William turned out to be the ultimate test of his skills.

After 8th time in the qualifications we all of course looked toward top-ten to be modest, Dakotah more that everybody else. He’s fast, he’s skilled and knows swhat it takes to get on the podium. On Lošinj he also proved he has the guts to let it go where it counts the most. Unfortunately he didn’t had the right chance to show all of that in Scotland.

“All in all not a bad day, all things considered. We could have a much worse result. I’m happy to collect myself after snapping the chain out of the gate and then still putting a run together that I’m proud of. Small mistakes here and there, but without a chain you’ll really do everything to hold a momentum,” said Dakotah after the end of the race and waiting time in the anti-doping control – in this kind of situation a perfect place to calm down, let anger out and get your mind back in the right place.

When you look at the weekend as a whole there really is a lot of positives. Dakotah Norton: “I’ve ended up in 31st, that would have been an amazing result for me last year. I’m still happy with how far I’ve progressed… And to get the same time as in qualifying, but without a chain on a bike was pretty cool. I’m in 9th overall and I’m going out of this in what could be a much worse place. I’m excited to out to Leogang with a skinny digit.”

That is it, 31st on the race, 9th overall. Congratulations to Amaury Pierron for a victory on what turned out to be a crazy race.

See you in Leogang in a weeks time!

Race replay on Red Bull TV
Results on UCI website

Photos by Klemen Humar & Keith Valentine