The Downhill is a full-on, flat-out, no-compromise charge down the face of Aonach Mor, the 9th highest mountain in the UK. Riders need physical strength, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an unerring eye for the right line as they speed down the 2.8km long course. And a lot of bottle!
The permanent Nevis Range Downhill track has received some radical upgrades over the years, adding new features and making it one of the longest and most demanding courses on the circuit. For 2019 the plan is to introduce some new natural sections – as long as the sometimes Scottish fickle weather allows it. There’ll be tweaks and a few new features to add interest and excitement for both riders and spectators. And for 2020 there are some big plans in the pipeline!
Starting beside the top station of the gondola the course descends 555m. Most of the course is visible from the gondola (the mountain cableway used for skiing in the winter, which provides access for riders with bikes and spectators), giving great views of riders as they charge down below you.
The fast top section of the course is framed by stunning views of Ben Nevis, the sea lochs of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, and the islands of the Inner Hebrides. Rock gardens, rock slabs, big jumps and technical natural sections will provide plenty of challenges all the way to the magnificent finish section and the incredible noise of the best spectators in the world.
Most of the DH course is accessible although the middle section has more restrictions, so always follow the marked routes and obey marshal instructions. The majority of the course has a double line of course tape at the side of the track, DO NOT go between the lines of tape.
The exciting Wall near the finish and the entry to the 4-Cross are easily accessible.