Photo of the day #4 – Danny Hart, Fort William MTB World Cup 2010, originally uploaded by mattmuir.co.uk.
After British Rider, Danny Hart stormed the World Championship downhill course in Champery, Switzerland earlier on this afternoon to take the 2011 mens downhill world champion title by an amazing 11 seconds from 2nd place rider Damien Spagnolo I thought I’d devote today’s photo of the day to him.
This shot was taken on Sunday morning practice at the Fort William round of the UCI Mountain bike world cup last year. Danny was one of the few riders to attempt the difficult line onto wall ride during the session and did so not once, but twice on consecutive runs. Danny is always a great rider to watch, usually riding right on the edge of control and always putting on a great show for the crowds and us media guys. Given the reported conditions on the world champs course today, it’s presumably this death or glory style that saw him blitz the course to take his first senior world champion title and become only the 3rd British male rider to take this highly coveted win after Gee Atherton in 2008 and Steve Peat in 2009.