World Cup Village

This is where it all happens, where there is always something to see and do. In fact there is so much going on it’s difficult to keep up with the full programme of events.

We’ve got 2 very full days of competition, reaching a climax on Sunday with the traditional Fort William closing event, the Downhill.

As well as the Finish arena for all events, there is the Tech area, and the Expo area with trade stands offering all the latest mountain bike goodies, demonstrations, competitions, food and drink, support competitions and some unusual entertainment.

DJ’s and our commentators will keep everyone up to date and entertained.

The Village. A great place to spot stars and soak up the whole World Cup atmosphere.

Finish Arena
The place where all of the DH and 4X winners are decided. The DH and 4X share the same finish arena, with good views of the exciting final pitch of the Downhill and most of the 4X.
In the DH the Hot Seat is where the current leader sits – until he/she is ejected by a faster rider. In 4X, first across the line takes all.

Tech Area
The mountain bike equivalent of the Formula One pits with some pretty impressive trailers and workshops. Here is where you will find all the stars getting ready or chilling out waiting for the action to start. Their mechanics and support teams will be working flat out to keep all the bikes in race condition. It’s also your chance to see the latest kit and some components that are still in development, not yet available in your local bike shop.

Expo Area
This is where you’ll find lots of bike goodies for sale, partners and sponsors stands as well as World Cup merchandise for sale. Remember to bring cash for all purchases as there are no credit card facilities or cash machines on the Village.

Food and Drink
It’s thirsty, hungry work watching ultimate mountain bike action, especially if you are walking the courses. If you are out on the courses, remember to stock up with some water and snacks beforehand.
Gondola Top Station – hot meals and snacks plus bar with magnificent views over Lochaber and perfect for catching the new DH start. Top up before walking the length of the Downhill course back to the World Cup Village.
Pinemartin Café at the bottom station – light meals, snacks and drinks.
World Cup Village – Food and Drink Tent – Several different choices of food including snacks and sandwiches, hot takeaway food, including some tasty and healthy Scottish specialities. Payment by cash only.
DH Race Day – a snack van will be located at the Wall Ride

Entertainment
We will be hosting some surreal and noisy entertainment during the week – be prepared to be surprised!

Displays and Demos
Details coming soon…

Nevis Range Gondola
The 6 person Gondola makes Nevis Range the ideal Downhill venue, easily and rapidly transporting riders 525m up on to Aonach Mor. The chance of getting into a Gondola with a top star is high. Please be aware that the seats may be a bit muddy during the World Cup weekend.
Make sure you buy Gondola access when you purchase your ticket as there will only be limited availability to spectators, especially on the Sunday. Tickets with Gondola Access will allow multiple trips on all days except Sunday when the queues may limit you to one trip (subject to availability).
Most of the DH course is directly below the gondola, so you get a bird’s eye view as you travel up and down the gondola.
Dogs are allowed in the gondola (on the floor) but must be kept on a lead at all times during the World Cup weekend. Sheep graze on the upper section of the mountain.

Big Screen
Catch all the action from the live TV coverage on the biggest Big Screen in the UK. 100m2 of high resolution HD image. Between events there will be a constant flow of extreme sports action. The big screen will be situated next to the finish arena.

Grandstands
Also situated in the finish arena will the grandstand with over 750 seats. More than 500 seats are available on a first-come basis and are free to use. Seats cannot be reserved. A section of the grandstand is for VIP access only.

If you are interested in exhibiting in the World Cup Village, the Village Information document and the Village Booking Form will be available to download in the spring.