The Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and BUFF® 4X Pro Tour is the must-see event in the Scottish event calendar with a unique atmosphere that is acclaimed throughout the world.
Not only does it feature an amazing weekend of non-stop action from the World’s top downhill and 4X riders, it also delivers a big day out with lots to see and do, all in the glorious surroundings of Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis.
Early Bird tickets (pegged at 2014 advance prices) give the best possible price and guarantee access to the all-important gondola option. Gondola ticket numbers are limited, especially on the Sunday.
With an amazing array of global talent and an incredible concentration of British contenders, the 2015 Fort William weekend is definitely not to be missed. Could 2015 be the ultimate showdown between World Champion Gee Atherton and World Cup overall winner Josh Bryceland?
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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today published the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup calendar on its website. The world’s leading mountain bike series will comprise nine rounds: three exclusively for Downhill (DHI), two for Olympic Cross-country (XCO), and four combining the two specialties.
The season will kick off on April 11th and 12th with round one of the DHI in the new venue of Lourdes (France). Although new to the World Cup calendar, Lourdes has already hosted the French Cup, and will present riders with a 2.5km long course that descends 600m in altitude.
The other first-time destination next year is Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which will organise a double event (DHI and XCO) on July 4th an 5th. This will be the first of three consecutive rounds (2015-2017) in the Swiss resort as it prepares to host the World Championships in 2018.
Often voted best XCO event of the World Cup, Nove Mesto na Morave (Czech Republic) will host round one of the XCO on May 23rd and 24th. This will serve as a final rehearsal before the 2016 World Championships for XCO and Cross-country Eliminator (XCE). After the Czech Republic, the World Cup will move to Albstadt (Germany) for the third consecutive year then the downhill Mecca of Fort William (Great Britain) and the Austrian resort of Leogang, another regular World Cup venue and host of the World Championships in 2012.
The World Cup’s two destinations on the American continent will be held the first two weekends in August: the popular Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada), which has hosted a round every year since the creation of the World Cup in 1991, and Windham (USA).
The overall World Cup winners will be crowned in Val di Sole, Italy, on August 22nd and 23rd. The Italian resort is known for its difficult DHI track, and returns to the World Cup calendar after a break in 2014.
“The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will combine some of our most traditional and popular destinations with first-time venues that are new to the riders”, said UCI President Brian Cookson. “We are fortunate to have the support of our committed long-term organisers as well as new organisers eager to come on board.”
Although XCE will not be represented in the World Cup this format will remain an important part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.
2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup calendar
- DHI # 1 April 11-12 Lourdes (France)
- XCO # 1 May 23-24 Nove Mesto na Morave (Czech Republic)
- XCO # 2 May 30-31 Albstadt (Germany)
- DHI # 2 June 6-7 Fort William (Great Britain)
- DHI # 3 June 13-14 Leogang (Austria)
- XCO # 3/ DHI # 4 July 4-5 Lenzerheide (Switzerland)
- XCO # 4/ DHI # 5 August 1-2 Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada)
- XCO # 5/ DHI # 6 August 8-9 Windham (United States)
- XCO # 6/ DHI # 7 August 22-23 Val di Sole (Italy)
The recent 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and BUFF® 4X Pro Tour was another magnificent showcase of the best mountain bike action in the world.
There’s a host of filming and photography that will be circulating the internet and TV stations for months to come – all capturing the drama, excitement, colour and atmosphere that Fort William always delivers.
But what is required to elevate a car park in the Highlands into a field of dreams for a unique showcase of sporting action?
This year, brothers Andy and Jonny Ashworth, 2 young film makers from Glasgow decided to forego the search for high profile event footage and concentrate on a behind the scenes view of the people that make the event happen.
They arrived on site just as the crew started building up the courses and village infrastructure and followed them through the whole build-up process through to the winning runs on the Sunday.
They amassed 18 hours of footage over 7 days and have distilled everything into a 14 minute film that gives a real insight into the story behind the World Cup weekend in Fort William.
Andy was the winner of a Nevis Range video competition in 2012, so this is a major step forward in his development as an accomplished film-maker. He is currently studying Film and TV at Edinburgh University. Younger brother Jonny is about to embark on a similar course at Clyde College.
19 year old Andy stated “It was such a great experience to spend time with all of the crew throughout the event. They all put in such a huge amount of effort that never seems to be fully acknowledged by the general public. Hopefully this film will get across just what goes into making this spectacular event a reality.”
It’s great to see the crew behind the World Cup getting recognition. It captures the camaraderie and positive vibe that surrounds the event and shows why everyone enjoys being part of something that’s so special. It’s impressive the way they’ve distilled so much into such an interesting, enjoyable package. They must have some great out-takes!