If you’re in Fort William during World Cup weekend then you’re in for a treat! One of the best sporting events in Europe and it takes place right here at Nevis Range, in the heart of the Highlands.
We’d love to see you at this event.
What is the Mountain Bike World Cup?
The event is part of the Mountain Bike World Cup series and it’s been held at Nevis Range since 2002. The Fort William round has won numerous awards over the years for being one of the best events on the entire World Cup tour, thanks to the amazing Scottish crowd and the extremely hard work by the organisers and the volunteers.
4X competition – Saturday
The 4X competition sees riders race down a wide track, 4 at a time, with the first 2 in each race going through to the next round. The course is 200m long and ends in the car park. It’s great to watch from the car park, you can easily climb up the spectator track to see more of the action. There’s practice for this event from Friday and the final race kicks off on Saturday. (Event Schedule click here nearer the date)
Downhill (DH) competition – Sunday
On Sunday, the main event is the downhill which takes place on our ‘orange extreme’ downhill track which comes down the mountain under the gondola. Spectators and riders with their bikes access the track by gondola. The course is 2.82km long and the champions ride it in less than 5 minutes! You can take the gondola to the top of the track and walk down the side of the track to see the different sections of the track. We think the best place to be for the last few riders is the finish area in the car park where there’s a giant screen (the largest mobile screen in the world!!) which shows the riders on the upper sections of the course. Practice takes place on Friday and Saturday, the finals begin on Sunday, (full times will follow).
Food & drink
There’s lots of variety for food and drink on site, both the Pinemarten Cafe Bar at the base station and the Snowgoose Restaurant & Bar at the top of the Gondola are open – you get a great view from the balcony of the Snowgoose Restaurant as the downhill riders set off.
Available to buy on site dates tbc.
There’s no cashline machine on site but you can get cash back, for a small fee, at the Nevis Range Ticket Office.
Getting on site & parking
During the World Cup, a park and ride system operates. The buses are free and run on Saturday and Sunday. Please note that parking at the Rural Complex will be chargeable, prices tbc.
Full parking details click link (2017) here. tbc for 2018
Where to stay
A list of top secret LATE BEDS available. tbc for 2018