Although judging by the lack of hotel accomodation in the Scottish ski resort, host for the second year running to a UCI World Cup MTB event, the crowds would have been out even if the rain gods hadn't been appeased.

Sunshine brings out the crowds at Fort William

Mike Jardine from event organisers Rare Management was well chuffed by the first day of racing:

"It’s been a tremendous day of racing. Both the World Cup Cross Country and 4-Cross

events have attracted thousands of spectators to the Nevis Range and the Scottish weather has really come through for us too!"

Tomorrow sees the downhill race. Steve Peat, on (sort of) home turf, is favourite to win.

RESULTS

XC Men

1 Filip MEIRHAEGE, Bel, Specialized Mountain Bike

2 Lado FUMIC, Ger, Team T-Mobile

3 Julien ABSALON, Fra, Motorex Bianchi

18 Liam KILLEN, GB

59 Nick CRAIG, GB

XC Women

1 Gunn-Rita DAHLE, Nor, Merida Internat

2 Sabine SPITZ, Ger, Meridia Internat

3 Barbara BLATTER, Sui, Specialized Mou

57 Jenny COPNALL, GB, Motorex Bianchi

64 Rebecca MILBOURN, GB

66 Caroline JAMES, GB

4-Cross Men

1 Greg MINAAR, RSA

2 Eric CARTER, USA

3 Steve PEAT GBR Team Orange

4 Michal PROKOP, CZE

4-Cross Women

1 Katrina MILLER, AUS

2 Moi SUEMASA, JPN, Trek-Volswagen

3 Anneke BEERTEN, NED

4 Tara LLANES, USA

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