Biking stars kick-off Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2009
Two of Scotland’s top mountain biking stars today (Monday 23 March) officially launched the UK leg of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2009, encouraging families, fans and enthusiasts to head to the Highlands ‘for a piece of the action’ at this year’s event.
Downhill riders Ruaridh Cunningham and Ben Cathro descended on Edinburgh’s rugged Calton Hill to mark the launch of ticket sales for the award-winning fixture, which returns to the scenic slopes and gruelling terrain around Fort William for an eighth year on the June 6 and 7, 2009.
Ruaridh and Ben will be among more than 400 international biking stars set to head to the Highlands for the World Cup’s ‘Global Gravity Gathering’, a showcase of world-class Downhill and 4Cross biking competition. This year’s event also features two brand new elements set to wow the crowds and give them a taste of the action.
The Cross Country Sprint is a new, crowd-pleasing race set on a fast and exciting short course that will showcase the cream of British biking talent to spectators. Also new for 2009 is the World Cup Bike Test, where fans and enthusiasts can put the latest bikes through their paces on the World Championship XC course in the Leanachan Forest.
With up to 20,000 fans expected to flock to this year’s event, spectators are urged to buy their tickets early either via FortWilliamworldcup.co.uk or by calling 01397 705 825 between 9am-5pm.
A weekend adult pass is £32.00, 6-17 year olds pay £16.00 and children aged under six go free. Single day passes and family tickets are also available. Please visit FortWilliamWorldCup for full details.