Manon Carpenter targets Fort William UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup win

Manon Carpenter targets Fort William UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup win

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Britain’s Manon Carpenter says winning at the Fort William UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup is one of her main goals for the 2014 season.

The talented 21-year-old took her first world cup victory at Pietermaritzburg in April and is hoping for a repeat performance in Scotland this weekend.

“At the start of the year when I was picking out goals that I’d like to achieve this year, wins at South Africa and Fort William were my two goals,” Carpenter told Total Women’s Cycling.

“Obviously I’d like to win all the others as well, but those two in particular would be pretty cool.

“I’d even just like it to be a good battle. That makes it exciting for race day, when you don’t know what’s going to happen. I’d like to have a really close racing, to have an exciting year for women’s racing.

“I want to take each race as it comes this year. Now I know it’s possible and I can do it, I need to take that confidence into the other races.”

Fort William will host some of the world’s best mountain bike athletes for two days of competition in the third round of the UCI series, having held its first world cup back in 2002.

Carpenter, a junior world champion in 2011, finished ahead of current world champion and overall world cup winner Rachel Atherton in South Africa, and will have to overcome the 26-year-old Briton again if she is to top the podium.

“I feel good,” said Carpenter, who rides for Madison Saracen. “I really enjoyed riding the track at the national event, though I had a few issues on race day.

“Saying that, I haven’t had the best luck the last few years. I had a broken collarbone and then food poisoning last year.

“This year, I’m looking forward to being fit and healthy on race day.”

Downhill qualifying takes place on Saturday with the finals on Sunday afternoon. The weekend also includes the 4X Pro Tour.