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1 December 2017

MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP SET TO RETURN TO SCOTLAND IN 2018

  • Mercedes-Benz UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup returns on 2-3 June in 2018 with Early Bird tickets now on sale (insert link)
  • Ticket announcement follows event named the world’s best downhill mountain bike event in 2017 for a successive year

Organisers of the Fort William leg of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup have today announced the legendary multi award-winning event will gear-up for its return to the Scottish Highlands in 2018.

At the same time, the UCI (International Cycling Union) has announced a new title sponsor for the 10 event World Cup circuit – the German vehicle brand, Mercedes Benz.

The Fort William event which was named as the best Downhill Mountain Bike event on the World Cup circuit in 2017 will see more than 20,000 spectators from around the world descend on the spiritual home of downhill mountain bike racing for a truly unique weekend of adrenaline pumping gravity action.

As the only UK leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the event is set to take place on the slopes of Anoach Mor in the Nevis Range on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June. From today (1 December) fans can secure Early Bird tickets, just in time for Christmas. Early Bird tickets offer the best value and also guarantee gondola access – in 2017 ticket sales featuring gondola access sold out in the run up to the event.

Regarded as must-see event for all the family, the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup continues to bring a huge financial boost to Highland tourism delivering an estimated £2.9 million to the local economy in 2017 and £37 million since 2002.

This year’s event was attended by more than 23,000 over three days and had an exhilarating finish as Australia’s Tracey Hannah claimed the win in the women’s event, while South Africa’s Greg Minnaar cemented his status as the most successful downhill rider of all time, taking home his seventh Fort William title.

Mike Jardine from organisers Rare Management, said: “Over the last 16 years we’ve worked with our partners to establish the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup’s reputation as a world class spectacle and event experience for all the family. In that time, we’ve witnessed many memorable moments of phenomenal downhill action, especially when the final riders drop into the finish arena.

“The event brings elite riders, teams and spectators from all over the world to the Scottish Highlands, where they can enjoy a great experience and the legendary Fort William atmosphere.
The Early Bird ticket offer is a perfect gift this Christmas and we’d advise fans to get their tickets now to make sure they are part of what will be an incredible weekend.”

The ticket announcement follows hot on the heels of the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup winning international recognition after it was named as the best Downhill Mountain Bike event in the World Cup circuit by the cycling’s international governing body, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale).

Organisers, Rare Management, also took home the Best Sporting Event title at this year’s Highland and Islands Tourism Awards.

The Early Bird ticket offer runs until December 31 and includes gondola access with tickets starting at £16.50 for adults and £9.00 for children (aged 6 – 17 years old). Family packages are also available starting from £42.50.

For more information on purchasing an ‘Early Bird’ ticket, visit www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk where you can also find details about the event.

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16 November 2017

FORT WILLIAM MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP TAKES HOME DOUBLE AWARD WIN

  • The UK’s only Mountain Bike World Cup named best in global series and Best Sporting Event in the Highlands and Islands
  • The multi-award winning event has racked up 32 international and national accolades since its launch in 2002

The Fort William UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Scottish Highlands has won both international and domestic acclaim after being named the best Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in the global series and the Best Sporting Event in the Highlands and Islands in 2017.

The legendary event was voted the Best Downhill World Cup event by teams, riders, media, sponsors and cycling’s international governing body, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale). This is the second year in a row the event has been awarded the accolade and an impressive ninth time in total.

The Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup also took home the Best Sporting Event title at this year’s Highland and Islands Tourism Awards. The event won over voters for the scale and spectacle of the event on the slopes of Aonach Mor, its event organisation, huge crowds and unique atmosphere.

Taking place at the Nevis Range ski area, 9km from Fort William, it is regarded a must-see event on the Scottish sporting calendar and continues to bring a huge financial boost to Highland tourism delivering an estimated £2.9m to the economy in 2017 and £37 million since 2002.

The world class event, attended by more than 23,000 over 3 days in 2017, had an exhilarating finish this year as Australia’s Tracey Hannah claimed the win in the women’s event while South Africa’s Greg Minnaar cemented his status as the most successful downhill rider of all time, taking home his seventh Fort William title.

Organisers Rare Management are now gearing up for next year’s event and have confirmed Early Bird tickets will go on sale on 1 December.

Mike Jardine from organisers Rare Management, said: “Being crowned as the UCI’s Best Downhill Mountain Bike event for a second year is truly fantastic. On top of that, we’re delighted to receive recognition at home in the Highlands.

“These awards are testament to the hard work of all of the fans, volunteers, riders, sponsors and partners who continue to make this event a truly legendary and memorable experience for all the family. It confirms Scotland and the Highland’s world-class reputation and status as a bike-friendly destination for visitors from across the globe.”

Fans looking to secure tickets early can book from 1 December at a discounted rate through the Early Bird ticket offer which is available until December 31. Buying early guarantees access to the Nevis Range gondola which travels above the downhill course between the start and finish.

Tickets start from £16.50 for adults and £9.00 for children (aged 6 – 17 years old). Family packages are also available starting from £42.50.

For more information on purchasing an ‘Early Bird’ ticket, visit www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk where you can also find details about the event.

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For further information please contact Andrew Boocock or Laura Blyth, Stripe Communications, on 0131 561 8628 or mtbworldcup@stripecommunications.com

Notes to editors:

Background on the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup 2017

The Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and 4X Pro Tour is a key fixture in Scotland’s sporting calendar and takes place at the Nevis Range ski area.

The 2017 event saw riders and fans enjoy glorious sunshine as part of a thrilling weekend of mountain bike action which saw Australia’s Tracey Hannah  and South Africa’s Greg Minnaar storm to victory in the women’s and men’s finals.

The Team and Expo area is packed full of bike manufacturers, the latest bike-wear brands and team sponsors, alongside demonstrations and displays, to keep everyone entertained.

Find out more about the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and the Fort William event by liking the event on Facebook or following @FW_MTB_WorldCup on Twitter.

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The 2016 Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 to 2020. The Scottish Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme.