The UCI Cycling World Championships 2023, downhill mountain bike event takes place at Nevis Range, Fort William from 3 – 5 August, but this year with added gusto as Scotland hosts the entire World Championships events and the eyes of the world are firmly on the host locations.
The course at Nevis Range, Fort William is considered one of the most mentally and technically challenging downhill circuits out there, stretching to 2.8 km long, it drops 550m.
Riders taking on the world class course need to be strong, fit, and fearless just to make it through the qualifying rounds.
For the finals, the drama keeps rising as they make their way down in reverse order of qualifying speed and fractions of a second against the clock determine their fates, with only the fastest winning the coveted Rainbow Jersey!
Cllr Ken Gowans, Economy and Infrastructure Chair said:
“With just 5 weeks or so to go until Lochaber hosts what could be considered the most thrilling element of the prestigious UCI Cycling World Championships, excitement is building across the area as people book tickets to be part of the atmosphere and support the downhill mountain biking competitors.
“Fort William is no stranger to hosting elite downhill mountain biking events, however with this year’s event taking place in peak summer season, it’s expected to attract a wider following, opening opportunities for businesses and communities to get behind the prestigious event and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of world class cycling competition.”
An element of disruption during the event dates in the Fort William and the wider Lochaber area is to be expected and people should plan-ahead and allow extra journey time.
Details of the affected routes, park and ride options and road closures will be widely communicated in advance and throughout the event.
The official UCI Cycling Championship website contains all you need to know about the events taking place across Scotland.
There will be a host of ‘fringe’ style events happening across Lochaber in the lead-up to the championships that offer people the opportunity to learn more about cycling, mountain biking and the facilities on offer across Highland, so whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or a novice with a desire to get involved, you can find out about all the ‘fringe’ events here. (Details will be uploaded w/c 26 June).
Click here to purchase tickets for all the cycling events happening across Scotland 3-13 August 2023.