ANNOUNCING DOWNHILL DOWNTOWN
The rockyroads.net UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano returns to Fort William across the 9th and 10th of June 2012 – and this year the adventures are set to continue into the night as they take the party Downtown.
Boasting a selection of the finest new and established artists in Scotland, Downhill Downtown will see King Creosote, The Phantom Band, Admiral Fallow, Stanley Odd, Bwani Junction and many more make for the outdoor capital of the UK this summer.
Connecting the best music in Scotland with one of its premier sporting events in the Year of Creative Scotland, Downhill Downtown is guaranteed to be the best party in Lochaber this year.
“We are delighted to have secured some of the most exciting and respected artists in the country for the inaugural Downhill Downtown”, said Event Manger Michael Lambert. “There is a natural synergy between mountain biking and music, and we are thrilled to be programming a line up that celebrates the quality and range of the Scottish music scene at one of the country’s key sporting events”.
All live activity will take place at The Nevis Centre, Fort William.
Friday 8th June 2012: STANLEY ODD plus more
Saturday 9th June 2012: KING CREOSOTE/ THE PHANTOM BAND/ ADMIRAL FALLOW
BWANI JUNCTION/ THE LITTLE KICKS/ HOMEWORK plus more.
Weekend: £17.50/ Friday: £6.00/ Saturday: £15.00
**Discounted tickets will be made available to Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup ticket holders. A promo code will be sent out in the World Cup Ticket purchase confirmation email.
For tickets and full event details: WWW.DOWNHILLDOWNTOWN.COM
For more information on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup: WWW.FORTWILLIAMWORDCUP.CO.UK
SCOTLAND’S BIGGEST BIKE EVENT GETS HART RACING
World Downhill Champion Danny Hart launches the 2012 RockyRoads.net UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
Scotland is gearing up to host its biggest and best mountain biking event yet and today (Wednesday 4 April) one of the leading names in the sport showcased skills spectators can expect to see on 9 – 10 June.
Danny Hart, who stormed to the title of World Downhill Champion last year, took to the Scottish stage to show off the tricks of his trade for the official launch of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which attracts over 20,000 spectators to the ski area at Nevis Range near Fort William each year.
Hart said: “For me Fort William is one of the best events of the season. All the riders look forward to heading to Scotland because the track is so good and the atmosphere is just incredible.
“One of my main ambitions for 2012 is to register a win on the World Cup tour, so it’d be amazing to do it in front of a home crowd in Fort William.”
In addition to the adrenaline-packed Downhill and Four-Cross action, fans will be able to enjoy an enhanced spectator experience to celebrate the Year of Creative Scotland. The new digital hub will house interactive online activities whilst the World Cup Village will play host to some of Scotland’s top live music acts.
Accompanying the new creative elements in the World Cup Village will be the customary Tech Area, biking’s answer to the Formula 1 pit lane, where fans can catch up with the riders for photographs and autographs as well as a behind the scenes view of the stars preparing to race.
An array of bike manufacturers, bike-wear brands and team sponsors will also pack out the Expo Area alongside a mouth-watering selection of food and drink providers to keep everyone fuelled-up and ready to enjoy the incredible atmosphere.
Mike Jardine of event organisers Rare Management, said: “The Mountain Bike World Cup prides itself on the reputation it has amongst riders and fans alike. This year’s event in Fort William is set to be another exciting year with so many brilliant riders on the scene at the moment.
“Although the biking is at the heart of the whole weekend, there’s plenty to see and do for those simply interested in taking in a world class event set in some of the most stunning surroundings.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said: “The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is one of the biggest events on Scotland’s sporting calendar, attracting the world’s best downhill and four-cross riders. For spectators the event is second to none in terms of action and excitement, and year on year we see a significant economic impact delivered for the Fort William area.
“Scotland is the perfect stage for major cycling events, and in the Mountain Bike World Cup we have a hugely exciting sporting spectacle, set against the stunning backdrop of the Nevis Range track and the passionate support of the Scottish crowds.”
Fort William is the third leg of the eight-stage tour, and Hart is sitting in fourth place after the season opener in South Africa, just one place behind compatriot Gee Atherton.
American rider Aaron Gwin and South African Greg Minnaar lead the way going into round two in Italy, but Hart’s fellow Brits Josh Bryceland, Steve Peat and Marc Beaumont are also among the top riders set to dazzle in the picturesque Scottish Highlands in June.
In the Women’s downhill, there is yet more British talent with Rachel Atherton once again hot on the heels of the Fort William 2011 World Cup winner and former World Champion Tracy Moseley.
Tickets are on sale now, priced from just £8 for children (aged 6-17) and £14 for adults, and can be purchased here.
OLYMPIC TORCH TO VISIT MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP
The symbol which heralds the approach of the London 2012 Olympic Games is set to visit the scenic highland slopes which play host to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup this summer as part of its 70-day tour of the UK.
The Olympic Torch will catch a glimpse of day one of the UK’s ultimate mountain bike festival at the Nevis Range Ski Area near Fort William on Saturday 9 June.
Mike Jardine of event organisers Rare Management, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the world’s top mountain bikers and thousands of spectators to Fort William in June so it’s a great honour to be visited by such a wonderful icon of the London Olympics.
“It’s fitting that the Torch will help celebrate one of the biggest and best sporting events in the Highlands, showcasing a great weekend of mountain biking, with riders from 35 nations and spectators from all over the UK.”
Tickets for the rockyroads.net UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, which takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June, are priced from just £8 for children (aged 6-17) and £14 for adults and can be purchased here.