Gee Atherton at the Mountain Bike World Cup

As the dust finally settles on yet another thrilling UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, event organisers Rare Management is proud to announce that the award-winning event is set to stay in Lochaber for another two years.

Mountain Biking’s governing body, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), confirmed the agreement, which will guarantee the event stays in Fort William until at least 2013.

This welcome news comes as around 20,000 fans descended on the Nevis Range over the weekend to witness what was one of the best mountain biking competitions in the event’s ten-year history.

Two World Cup events for both men and women featured 300 riders from more than 25 countries. On Saturday the 4-Cross, head-to-head knockout competition was won by Netherland’s Anneke Beerten in the women’s and Switzerland’s Roger Rinderknecht in the men’s. This was reckoned to be one of the most exciting events in 4-Cross history.

This latest agreement is further recognition for the event, which has won numerous awards, including the best mountain bike event in the world by the International Mountain Bike Trade Team Organisation (IMTTO), four times, and the UCI teams have voted it the best Downhill World Cup a record-breaking six times.

The profile of the event was raised further last year as the Fort William World Cup took award for "Best Event of 2010" at the Sunday Mail Sports Awards as well as being voted as one of the 20 top trips of 2011, hand-picked by National Geographic Traveler editors.

A firm favourite with riders and fans alike, the local community can also look forward to the event returning. It is estimated that more than £2.5 million is generated for the local economy over the weekend, with thousands of fans, teams and media packing out local hospitality over the weekend.

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