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22 October 2020.

Fort William, Cycling & M...

Nevis Range is a main fixture on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup tour, hosting all of the events. The courses used by the pro’s are available for punters to ride throughout the year. Nevis is internationally acclaimed as a top mountain biking destination an accolade that is confirmed by some of the world’s top riders. The resort has much to offer mountain bikers right now but is still being developed so expect much more in the future.

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Downhill

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The original world cup downhill course is a spectacular track that drops 525 metres in 2.6 kilometres, offering magnificent views of Ben Nevis, the sea lochs of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil and the surrounding landscape. Not that it’s actually possible to enjoy the view while plummeting toward the base of the mountain at high speed. It is one of the longest and most demanding courses on the world cup circuit.

Another less demanding route has recently been opened but is described as a red graded XC (cross country) trail. However, to all intents and purposes it’s a downhill track just not nearly as hardcore as the existing world cup course. It lacks any of the real airtime generating features to be given a true freeride classification but loads of it follows swoopy sections of north shore and there are one or two pop up points that taken at speed will send you skyward albeit momentarily.

The Nevis Range Gondola, a mountain cableway used for skiing in winter, provides uplift for riders and their bikes. Both courses are accessed a short distance from the top gondola station.

XC - Cross-Country

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The Leanachan forest offers gentle routes suitable for families through to world cup standard racing routes on single track paths and forestry roads giving over 40 kilometres of prepared trails to explore. Other trails can be found in the forests of Glen Eil, Glen Loy and Glen Nevis. Local guides can introduce you to the best. Also there is the way-marked Great Glen Cycle route that follows the Caledonian Canal and its lochs (130km) all the way to Inverness. There is also an off-road alternative to this route that is best suited to the fit.

FourCross/4X

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Nevis has a world cup standard 4-Cross race track that is open to public use. 4-Cross is similar to Skier-Cross and Boarder-Cross for those that don’t know. Four racers compete simultaneously on the same track usually designed with tight bends or berms, jumps and dips. Cited as a gladiatorial event, competitors often wear protective body armour as the risk of personal injury is considerably higher in this event. Exciting to watch, it is even more exciting to participate in, but, is definitely not for the faint hearted.