Yes, in plenty of time for Christmas, the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup early bird tickets go on sale today, 2 December.
If you’ve been before, you know exactly why this event in the Highlands has won the best World Cup award a record-breaking 9 times and you’ll probably be itching to get your tickets already. If you’ve heard how good it is and fancy seeing for yourself what it’s all about, then here are10 good reasons why going Early Bird makes sense.
1. Dosh. You could save up to 16% by buying early.
2. Santa time. Make your loved one/mate/boss/employees happy on Christmas Day with the perfect present.
3. Saves walking. Buying early guarantees a gondola ticket. There is a limit on tickets sold with gondola access, especially on the Sunday.
4. No Glasgow 2014 tickets? If you missed out on Commonwealth Games tickets, never mind, Fort William is the perfect way to get your big sporting event fix.
5. The Ryder Cup’s a tad expensive. Just down the road a bit, but a load more expensive than the World Cup (and sold out) so go gravity instead.
6. Get sorted. With your tickets bought, get your accommodation and travel arranged well in advance. You know it makes sense.
7. Be smug. You can start 2014 safe in the knowledge that you will be there for one of the greatest mountain bike events of the year.
8. Be happy. You’ve got 6 months of looking forward to your trip to the Scottish Highlands.
9. Plan your road trip. Take some days off around the World Cup and you could indulge in some of the best riding in the UK. Magnificent trail centres or natural wilderness tracks, it’s all there for the taking.
10. You could get a VIP upgrade. Yes, one lucky Early Bird will be chosen at random and will get 2 x VIP tickets that money just can’t buy, for the days that they’ve booked.*
* VIP tickets are only available for Saturday and Sunday. No alternative prize, additional tickets or monetary equivalent is possible. VIP tickets are not sold to spectators. VIP tickets include access to the VIP catering tent, the VIP section of the grandstand and the gondola.
World Cup needs supportive and enthusiastic sponsors to help make it a big, successful, high profile event. After 6 years (Monster) and 4 years (Dare 2b) respectively, two great partners are moving on.
The challenge is now to find suitable replacements.
If you know of, or work for, any company interested in association with the World Cup we’d love to hear from you.
Outline sponsorship details are here but if you think you might be able to help, get in touch for a chat.
Your World Cup needs you.
Tickets are now on sale for one of the greatest mountain biking events on the planet – the multi-award winning Fort William leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
Taking place on 7-8 June 2014, the Fort William event boasts 300 of the world’s best riders from 25 nations and is one of the biggest gatherings of British world title holders of any single sport. It is also regarded as the best event of its kind anywhere on the globe with a record breaking nine awards for UCI Best Downhill World Cup in its illustrious 12-year history.
From today, mountain bike fans, families and those who want to experience one of the most exhilarating events to come to Scotland next year can save up to 17% on ticket prices thanks to some fantastic ‘early bird’ offers (ends 31 December). Prices start at just £14 for adults and £8 for children aged 6-17 years. Family packages are also available from £36. All can be purchased at here.
Last year, around 20,000 fans basked in glorious sunshine along the most physically and technically demanding downhill course in the world, to witness British riders take home three of the four titles up for grabs. Brother and sister duo Gee and Rachel Atherton took the honours in the main downhill competitions with Rachel subsequently going onto to be crowned the overall World Cup winner and World Champion. Katy Curd won the Women’s 4X Pro Series event on the Saturday night.
Mike Jardine, from event organisers Rare Management, said: “Fort William is considered as one of the best mountain biking events in the world and it gets its reputation from the incredible course and the amazing fans that flock to the Highlands every year.
“Scotland has some very high profile sporting events next year, but if you want to get up close to British winners and experience pure guts and excitement, then this is one not to be missed.”
The World Cup Village will have the ever-popular Tech Area where fans can catch up with the riders for photographs and autographs as well as getting a behind the scenes view of the stars preparing to race. The Expo area will be packed with an array of bike manufacturers, bike-wear brands and team sponsors alongside demonstrations and displays to keep everyone entertained. Mouthwatering action will also take place away from the track with a huge selection of food and drink to fuel the crowds.