Fort William will host the Downhill and 4 Cross (4X) contests at the ninth annual World Cup, attracting top riders from around the world.
There will be a strong challenge from UK riders, with the men currently the leading nation on the Downhill World Cup circuit, thanks to World Champion Steve Peat and four other Brits in the top 15 – Gee Atherton (ranked 4th), Brendan Fairclough (ranked 11th), Marc Beaumont (ranked 14th) and Josh Bryceland (ranked 15th).
The British Women are ranked second behind France with 4-times Fort William winner Tracy Moseley 3rd overall and Fionn Griffiths 8th in Downhill and 3rd in 4X. Such strength and depth will guarantee another big crowd determined to cheer their heroes on to more World Cup success.
Last year’s Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup attracted more than 400 riders from 35 different countries and a record 18,500 spectators.
As host to rounds of the World Cup series since 2002, Fort William has established itself as one of the best international mountain bike competition venues in the world regularly winning the Best UCI (International Cycling Union) World Cup Event, IMTTO (International Mountainbike Teams, Technical Support and Organisers) Best Mountain Bike Event in the World and Singletrack Best UK Mountain Bike Event.
Tickets will go on sale in spring 2010. Find out more or register for email updates at www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk