Race day rolled round and the crowds rolled in. Nervous energy hung in the air like the rain as the riders tried to piece together the final preparations amidst the building atmosphere of the Fort.
Hugo was first to race. He had been looking comfortable on the bike and confident in his lines over the week, but the stars are yet to align for him at the World Cup. A clipped rock resulted in a broken derailleur, and with that the chance to prove his speed was ended. Still, he safely made it down for 11th place and some points in the bag.
For Myriam, being in the start gate in Fort William was in itself a victory. After suffering with a concussion since Lourdes, Pompon kept it safe and solid, finding the balance of pushing hard whilst managing fatigue and risk. She was rewarded with a fine third place, showing once again her physical strength and mental tenacity.