June 1, 2003 – The weekend in Fort Williams, Scotland concluded today with the men's and women's downhill event. French riders Cedric Gracia (FRA, Siemens Cannondale) and Celine Gros (FRA, (Morzine Avoriaz) took the top spots on the podium.
Gracia hasn't seen a World Cup Gold in the DH since Leysin, Switzerland in 2000, despite placing 2nd overall in the series last year. World Cup champ Steve Peat was notably absent, despite competing in yesterday's 4X race. Mickael Pascal (FRA) was second, and Nathan Rennie of Australia was third.
Canadians Jordie Lunn and Trevor Porter held their own, finishing in 37th and 60th place respectively.
In the women's field the one woman who has dominated the DH scene for years was absent. Anne Caroline Chausson of France, after winning the World Championships last year, the Overall World Cup in the DH and the 4X disciplines, was simply not competing. It was Celine Gros of France who stepped up to the plate. Gros, who hasn't seen the podium at the World Cup since 2001, was fast enough to beat Sabrina Jonnier (2nd overall – 2002 World Cup). Rounding out the podium was another French rider, Emmeline Ragot (Maxxis-MSC)Men
1. Cedric Gracia (FRA) 2:07.7
2. Mickael Pascal (FRA) 2:08.6
3. Nathan Rennie (AUS) 2:09.1
37. Jordie Lunn 2:17.2
60. Trevor Porter 2:22.2
1. Celine Gros (FRA, Morzine Avoriaz) 4:42.6
2. Sabrina Jonnier (FRA) 4:45.4
3. Emmeline Ragot (FRA, Maxxis-MSC) 4:49.6