Sechelt mountain biking star wins another world cup
Sunshine Coast’s Gracey Hemstreet takes home another win after the second UCI World Cup of 2022 in Fort William, Scotland Sechelt’s Gracey Hemstreet has landed on the podium at every downhill mountain biking World Cup she’s competed at so far, and last weekend was no exception. The second Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of the year was held on the May long weekend in Fort William, Scotland, where the 17-year-old earned her second consecutive gold among the junior women. “What a day!! Couldn’t be more stoked,” Hemstreet wrote on Instagram after the final race. The Scottish Highlands brought a challenging element to the season’s longest course: the weather.
“The weather for the whole weekend was awful, to put it in a nutshell… the kind of weather the Fort William track is known for,” Adam Walker, the athlete performance specialist with the Norco Factory Team (he’s also coach of the B. "I wasn't feeling super confident at the top, because it was so windy and I couldn't really send any of my lines, but it ended up working out because the wind calmed down and held off a little bit," she said. It was a home track for the British competitors, including Gale, who made up the rest of the junior women’s podium. “If you go too hard too early on that track, there's certainly an opportunity to make mistakes,” he said. About halfway down the track, Hemstreet said it was so hard to hold on that she didn't have her fingers on the brakes.
The course is made up of four parts, Walker said: A wide open section above the treeline that leads into a rocky area following a creek bed. “It’s really suited to Gracey’s riding style,” Walker said. Hemstreet’s first World Cup was only last fall, and she earned bronze — but it’s been gold for Gracey ever since. In less than two weeks, Hemstreet will be back in Europe for the World Cup in Austria at what Walker calls a classic World Cup venue.
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