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Newly-crowned mountain bike downhill world champion Charlie Hatton says he has “almost skipped a few steps” in his profession after turning into the shock gold medallist final weekend.
The 25-year-old produced the experience of his life to take the rainbow jersey in Fort William for the primary time.
Hatton, from the Forest of Dean, is the primary to confess he was not among the many high pre-race favourites.
“My best World Cup finish is seventh place,” he advised BBC Points West.
“To step it up, I’ve almost skipped a few steps and gone straight to world champion so yeah, it’s pretty crazy.”
Hatton’s win, nevertheless, didn’t come solely out of nowhere.
With the World Championships being held in Glasgow this 12 months, the Fort William course is one which he is aware of nicely and has raced on numerous occasions since he began out as a young person, and it’s also a race on the annual World Cup circuit.
In May, he completed third there within the National Downhill Series, behind fellow Briton Laurie Greenland – however Greenland needed to accept bronze behind Hatton on the World Championships.
“It’s probably my favourite track on the World Cup circuit so I do particularly like it and coming here since I was 13, 14 years old, racing here, it’s a bit of a dream come true to win a World Championships here,” Hatton mentioned.
He certified in sixth the day earlier than the ultimate so knew he was in good kind, however nonetheless thought taking the title was “a dream” particularly in wet, muddy circumstances.
“I never thought I could achieve it. It was crazy,” he mentioned.
“It’s all about just hitting your lines perfect but obviously that was made super difficult with the weather conditions. It was horrendous rain, really, really tough.
“We had been fairly lucky right here at Fort William, the gravel is definitely higher when it has a little bit of moisture in it is numerous grip. I simply held on and had an amazing run.”
Reward for household
Hatton’s dad used to drive him all around the country to races in his work van and his parents were in Scotland to watch his title win.
“The period of time and hours and cash that they’ve put in to get me to this place right here is insane and for them to look at me do that is their reward nearly,” Hatton mentioned.
“I used to be so lucky dwelling the place I did. Straight out the door, straight into the woods and day-after-day after faculty digging and constructing jumps, making tracks and attempting all types of stuff and that has positively performed a giant half in it.
“Whenever I go back home now I always appreciate it a lot more, straight on the doorstep and you’ve just got woods, endless forest, it’s insane.”
As world champion, Hatton now will get to put on the coveted rainbow striped jersey for the subsequent 12 months, marking him out from the remainder of the opponents.
“For me to be wearing those stripes until the next World Championships which is next year is absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to put the jersey on and do my first race in it,” he added.