Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Nukeproof Junior Team riders Dan Sheridan and Christopher McGlinchey rode at the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland, over the weekend…
Nukeproof Junior Team riders Dan Sheridan and Christopher McGlinchey rode at the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland, over the weekend with Chris putting in an excellent performance qualifying in 67th place and finishing fifth in the Junior category and 73rd overall in the finals.
Dan didn’t make it to the finals, unfortunately crashing badly on the top section of the course during qualifying.
The track at Fort William produced a weekend of top level racing, with a dry and dusty course making for thrilling riding on the hardcore 2.8km long course down the face of Aonach Mor, and it was the perfect chance for the young Irish riders to test themselves against the best in the world.
Chris McGlinchey’s potential was on full display during downhill qualifying, putting in a time of 5:09.123 – quicker than the likes of Dan Atherton, Mitch Delfs and Harry Molloy and only one place behind Team ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof pro rider Matt Simmonds.
Chris was delighted with his run despite a small crash, and is now looking forward to the next round of the World Cup in Leogang, Austria: “I’m so chuffed with my result in Fort Bill. The track was running smooth all weekend and after a good practice session I knew I could put in a good time. Finishing fifth in the Junior category is great for me and I hope I can carry my form through to Leogang this weekend.”
Fort William’s brutal course has a reputation for breaking both bikes and riders, and last weekend was no exception as Dan Sheridan crashed out at the top of the course during qualifying, putting an end to his hopes of racing in the finals. “I was going well in practice but in qualifying I took a huge spill on the rocky section at the top and couldn’t make up the time from there. It was a brilliant weekend though, and hopefully I can go well in Austria,” Dan said.