Early bird tickets for 2016 on sale now

As well as providing some of the best mountain biking action in the world, it seems the Fort William World Cup is also pretty good for the local economy.

Figures released today show that the event has raised £30 million for the local area in its 13 year history and £2.8 million of this was from last year’s competition.

The event has attracted over 250,000 fans in its lifetime who stay in the nearby towns and villages before descending on Aonach Mor for the big day.

Watch Highlights from the 2015 Fort William World Cup here

The Fort William World Cup returns this year on June 4-6 and will be the last ever British World Cup for mountain biking legend Steve Peat. It will also see the return of current World Champion Rachel Atherton who will be hoping to win back-to-back World Cups on home soil.

Early bird tickets are on sale from now until December 31st for last year’s prices.

Thomas Maclennan, leader of the Lochaber Area Committee for Highland Council, said to the Highland Press and Journal: “Our figures show that the World Cup was worth £2.8 million to the area in 2015. However, having such a prestigious competition on our doorstep provides world-wide publicity which money can’t buy.”