Scottish smackdown


Queenstown downhiller George Brannigan walked away from a massive crash in round three of the UCI World Cup.

The Commencal/Vallnord mountain bike ace went over his handle bars on the final jump of the demanding course at Fort William, Scotland, with the finish line in sight.

“I’ve certainly had better days in the ‘office’ than today,” he says on social media.

“My run was pretty good until the jump at the end that sent me over the bars.

“I know I’m not the only one though so hopefully they can sort that jump for next year!”

There were cheers from the 25,000-strong crowd as he got to his feet, found his bike and coasted out his run.

“Lucky to be OK after that one, just banged up,” he says.

“No slowing down for Leogang [Austria] next week, though.”

Brannigan, 23, originally from Hastings, finished 77th.

Meanwhile, Queenstowner Alanna Columb finished 14th in the elite women’s race, adding points after her 10th place at Cairns in round two.

The national and Oceania champ, 27, hopes to be knocking on the door of the top five by the end of the season.

The competition moves to Austria for the fourth round this weekend.