May 22 2022
Jordan Williams piloted his Saracen Myst to an historic win at the Fort William World Cup and Matt Walker stepped on to the elite men’s podium as the Madison Saracen Factory Racing Team enjoyed a successful weekend of racing in the Scottish Highlands.
Williams was in imperious form throughout and started by setting the fastest time in timed training, following it up with second in qualification.
On race day Williams stepped it up again to deliver in front of the home crowd, edging out long-time rival Jackson Goldstone by just 0.038 seconds to take the win in 4:38.485.
Astonishingly – as was the case all weekend – Williams’ time would have been good enough for a top-5 in the elite men’s race.
In the elite men’s race Matt Walker finished fifth and stepped onto the podium for the first time since winning the World Cup Series in November 2020.
After a challenging 2021 season, Walker came into 2022 with a solid tenth at the opening round and stepped it up on home soil, racing into the arena just 1.927-seconds off the win.
Importantly, the result brings with it a large points-haul and puts Walker fifth in the overall standings and in the hunt for a coveted podium position in the overall.
The good news continued for the team as Veronika Widmann grabbed seventh – her best result since 2019. A string of injuries have plagued the Italian over the past couple of years, but this was a key moment on her comeback trail to the podium.
The 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup resumes on June 10 in Leogang, Austria for round three of the eight-race series.