The Nevis Range in Fort William is the venue this weekend for this hugely popular UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup, with the best riders on the planet – including the legendary Rachel Atherton – going head-to-head this afternoon. The action starts at 8.30am with admission on the gate.
Today’s action includes the main event of the weekend, the downhill, taking place on the ‘orange extreme’ downhill track which comes down the mountain under the gondola. The course is 2.82k long and the champions ride it in less than 5 minutes!
The first final is at 10am, the women’s Junior World Cup Downhill Final followed at 10.30am by the men’s Junior World Cup Downhill Final. Then into the afternoon at 1pm it’s the women’s World Cup Downhill Final followed at 2pm by the men’s World Cup Downhill Final, with the day brought to a close by the Awards Ceremony.
In the elite women’s race Rachel Atherton will look to extend her extraordinary winning streak, having won the last 14 downhill world cup races. Can the four-time world champion make it a magic 15? Tahnee Seagrave and Australian Tracey Hannah will be her major threats.
In the elite men’s race Atherton’s fellow Brit and world champion Danny Hart will start among the favourites. France’s Alexandre Fayolle, who recently took his first world cup win, will be a major threat.
Spectators can take the gondola to the top of the track and walk down the side of the track to see the different sections of the track. Arguably the best place to watch the last few riders is the finish area in the car park where there’s a giant screen (the largest mobile screen in the world) which shows the riders on the upper sections of the course.
Renowned for its extreme descents, stunning views and great crowds this Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup event can lay claim to being the most popular leg of the eight-event World Cup circuit and is a great opportunity to watch top-class mountain bike racing up close and personal.
Gates open at 8.30am with a full day of action as per the Event Schedule.
Advance ticket sales for the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup are now closed.