A few weekends ago, I was working for a new client at the UCI Mountain Biking World Cup, a downhill mountain biking race held near Fort William, North-West Scotland, that is watched by some 20,000 people over two days.
Saturday is practice day, where riders get used to the track and the conditions and take part in mini events such as 4X. Sunday is race day, with the quickest of the qualifiers winning the Downhill trophy. 2012 saw Aaron Gwin win in the Male Elite category, with a time of 4:48:210 and in the Female Elite category, Emmeline Ragot won in a time of 5:27:089.
It's a great event to go to. Saturday isn't that busy, as shown above, but Sunday is when it fills up. The crowds are amazing, very vocal and cheering on the riders as they descend the course (Very fast it has to be said - the average men's downhill speed was 35.244km/h).
I'm looking forward to next year already.