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Thousands turn out for downhill biking world cup event in Fort William


By Imogen James


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Dean Lucas. Picture: Oscar James
Dean Lucas. Picture: Oscar James

The UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup returned to Fort William's Nevis Range over the weekend for the first time since 2019 as crowds came out in thousands to watch the event.

Despite the rain, people had come from far and wide to watch the nail-biting downhill action on the 2.8km long course and the impressive 4X pro tour.

Sunday's final saw top competitors from around the world take to the very slippery track that traverses rocky sections and tricky woodland.

Ben Cathro. Picture: Oscar James
Ben Cathro. Picture: Oscar James

There was plenty on offer apart from the action as shoppers snapped up bargains at the huge range of stalls and even got to meet the star riders at their pits.

Women's elite final winner was German Nina Hoffmann who completed the course in 5:14.170 riding for Santa Cruz Syndicate.

The men's elite final was won by Frenchman Amaury Pierron with a time of 4:37.115.

2020's World Champion and Scot, Reece Wilson, missed out on the podium this year but still placed 17th.

Max Hartenstern. Picture: Oscar James
Max Hartenstern. Picture: Oscar James

A spokesperson for Nevis Range said: "Getting the crowds back for the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has been a dream come true! The feeling in the air has been electric all weekend and it's left us charged up to have a stunning summer season.

"A massive Nevis Range congratulation's to everyone that took part in the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and thank you to everyone that worked hard to make it all happen!"

Crowds were out in full force. Picture: Oscar James
Crowds were out in full force. Picture: Oscar James

It was also announced that Nevis Range has been selected to hos tthe Downhill Mountain Bike Venue for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, an 11 day cycling extravaganza.


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