The world’s top mountain biking stars are arriving in Scotland, kicking off the countdown to the UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup 2010, which is expected to attract tens of thousands of spectators to the Highlands this coming weekend.
South African Greg Minnaar, who is the leading the World Cup series this year, was among the first to arrive in Scotland. Minnaar is no stranger to success at Fort William with three Downhill champion titles under his belt. He also holds the record for the course of 4 minutes 38 seconds.
British talent will be battling it out against the international stars with Sheffield born Steve Peat, family outfit Gee, Dan and Rachel Atherton and Scots downhillers Ruaridh Cunningham and Ben Cathro all aiming to secure podium places in front of the home crowds.
Last year’s event attracted 18,500 spectators, generated £2.5 million for the local economy and was attended by nearly 200 media from around the world.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland said: “Fort William is the perfect stage for the annual UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. EventScotland has supported the event since 2003, helping it grow into the multi-award winning stage that it is today. Riders and fans love the course and the action; this year’s event will be another highpoint for this sport which continues to attract new audiences.”
Tickets for the World Cup are still available at FortWilliamWorldCup.co.uk