Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a flying mountain biker! Two of Scotland’s young mountain biking hopefuls, Joe Barnes and Fergus Lamb, descended on Aonach Mor sporting superhero costumes, as they prepare for the return of the Downhill Superheroes.
Nevis Range ski area, just outside Fort William will host the second round of the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill and 4-Cross tour, which takes over the Highland town on 4th and 5th June. The sport’s Downhill Superheroes, from more than 25 different countries, will be joined by thousands of fans, as they return to the scenic Scottish Highlands for another adrenaline-packed weekend of world-class Downhill and 4-Cross action.
This year’s Downhill is set to be another thriller as Britain’s Gee Atherton, reigning World Cup overall champion, defends his Fort William World Cup crown. Also racing for the top spot are a string of UK contenders, who all finished in the top fifteen at Fort William last year, including Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland, Marc Beaumont, Brendan Fairclough and Danny Hart.
In the women’s downhill there is more British talent, with reigning World Champion Tracy Moseley - four-times a winner at Fort William - taking on Rachel Atherton who is hungry for victory, having come in a close second to French power-house Sabrina Jonnier at last year’s event.
With up to 20,000 fans expected to flock to this year’s event, spectators are urged to buy their tickets early either via www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk or by calling 01397 705 825 between 9am-5pm.
An advance single day adult pass including mountain gondola access to the course is £19.00, 6-17 year olds pay £10.50 and children aged under six go free. Family ticket £48.50 (2 adults and 1- 4 children). Weekend tickets are also available. Please visit www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk for full details.