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SDA Series Final – Fort William

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They say that when it rain it pours, and when it blows a hooley in the Highlands, it does so with some bite.

With winds reaching speeds of 65mph tearing across the upper slopes of Aonach Mòr, this race could have been in jeapordy before any wheels were set to dirt. Instead, the racers embraced the committees decision to make a race on a shortened track and they got stuck in.

There were inevitably a few grumbles but many realised how lucky they are to have a series running in Scotland at all and the vibe was one of camaraderie from the road gap down, as riders sessioned the track and played on, or cased, the lower jumps .

When it came down the business end of the weekend, this being the final round, there was still some serious racing to be laid down in some pretty unfavourable conditions.

You can find the full results here – in the mean while check out a brilliant photo story from Tommy Wilkinson and Keith Bremner.

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With high winds both felt, and forecast, the race was run on a shortened track….

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Elena Melton was one of the few women to send the first jump

Jamie Edmondson leads out a practice train early sunday morning..... Jamie Edmondson leads out a practice train early sunday morning…..

George Kerr hitting the wall ride.... George Kerr hitting the wall ride….

and here his brother Henry en route to another win - It'll be interesting to see how he does in Junior next year. and here his brother Henry en route to another win – It’ll be interesting to see how he does in Junior next year.

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Corey Watson – flying and looking very comfortable on the motor way.

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Deborah Primrose on the wall ride – such a crucial component to carrying speed into the stump gap

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Rampage is calling....Ryan Middleton. Senior winner. Rampage is calling….Ryan Middleton. Senior overall winner.

Gus Meldrum looked quick and poised on track - and it showed with a win in juvenile. Gus Meldrum looked quick and poised on track – and it showed with a win in juvenile.

Masters winner Alan Blyth. Oddly enough Alan was in one of the first Dirt Mag's I bought way back, railing the old corner at the bottom when he raced Elite. It was a banging photo. He's seen the track change just a little. Masters winner Alan Blyth. Oddly enough Alan was in one of the first Dirt Mag’s I bought way back, railing the old corner at the bottom when he raced Elite. It was a banging photo. He’s seen the track change just a little.

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Blair Hughes entering the woods after the wall ride hip jump during one of the biggest downpours. Blair Hughes entering the woods after the wall ride hip jump during one of the biggest downpours.

Fraser Houston puts in a lot of graft to the SDA series, so we always like to grab a photo of him....but when it's a toss up between tea and photos...Sorry Fraser. Fraser Houston puts in a lot of graft to the SDA series, so we always like to grab a photo of him….but when it’s a toss up between tea and photos…Sorry Fraser.

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Rab Cockbain - 8th in Masters on a 14 year old bike. Rab Cockbain – 8th in Masters on a 14 year old bike. How cool is that?

Liam Higgins from Progression Bike Shop making light work of the first jump - how many people got sketchy over here! Liam Higgins from Progression Bike Shop making light work of the first jump – how many people got sketchy over here!

Euan Thomson took a 7th in Expert Euan Thomson took a 7th in Expert and looked stylish as ever on his way to what was a respectable results

While Marc Cunningham took the win. While Marc Cunningham took the win with a sub 1.30 time and the best number board of the series….

Senior Winner Tom Coles Senior Winner Tom Coles putting all that practice at the DH Farm to good use!

Vet Winner Steve Cousins

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The Mexican coming home to play…Lachlan Blair came home to race this SDA from Finale Ligure…then flew back the very next day

Fergus Lamb is a real dude full of hazzard. T shirt and trail bike - you don't need a DH bike to race DH! Fergus Lamb is a real dude full of hazzard. T shirt and trail bike – you don’t need a DH bike to race DH!

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Nearly but not quite for Kenta Gallagher who has been pipped by Ben Cathro at every SDA round this year. Oh so close. Nearly but not quite for Kenta Gallagher who has been pipped by Ben Cathro at every SDA round this year. Oh so close and we can this developing into a real rivalry over the next year or two..

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Your winner on the day and in the overall – Ben Cathro. Ben has World Cup speed but is at every SDA race and is a force to be reckoned with in Scotland. Well done High Tower on another series win!

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That’s a huge shoutout to all the riders, SDA committee, marshalls and volunteers!

Thanks for tuning in to our coverage all year, and we’ll see you next year!

Lastly, the photo below is of the K-Dawg memorial trophy, in memory of rider Keiran Mcandy. This was a touching moment for all and you’re with us in memory forever Keiran.

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