Fort William Mountain Bike UCI World Cup Finals
From: Monday, September 3 2007, 10:00 am
to: Sunday, September 9 2007, 1:00 pm
Following three years of staging qualifying rounds in the UCI (International Cycle Union) World Cup, in 2005 Fort William's Nevis Range becomes the first UK venue to host the finals.
The final is the thrilling conclusion to six months of "blood, sweat and gears" in ten heats over three continents. There are 450 competitors and something like 20,000 spectators head for Ben Nevis, the country's highest peak, for three separate competitions - the Downhill, the 4-Cross (a short head-to-head downhill race for four bikers) and the Cross Country - decided on the slopes of Aonach Mor.
The first two disciplines take place on the Nevis Range Downhill which, starting at an elevation of 625 metres and finishing 2.63km later at only 100m, is arguably the most demanding course on the World Cup circuit. It also offers magnificent views of Ben Nevis, the sea lochs of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil and the islands of the Inner Hebrides!
The Cross-Country is held on the Forestry Commission's "Witch's Trail" course in the Leanachan Forest. Opened in May 2003, it is Scotland's first World Cup Mountain Bike Cross-Country track (and some early international riders claimed it was technically too demanding!).
Having become a feature of Fort William's annual adrenalin-filled adventure activity calendar, the event continues the build-up to the Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in 2007.