Danny 'Champion of the World' launches Fort William World Cup event

Mountain Bike Downhill World Champion, Danny Hart, in Edinburgh to launch this year’s UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup (June 3 – 4, 2017), supported by EventScotland.

World Champion and British Downhill sensation, Danny Hart, was in Edinburgh yesterday (Monday 27 March) gearing-up for another summer of mountain bike action throughout the world – and a shot at an elusive World Cup title at his home event in Fort William.

Danny (known as “The Redcar Rocket”), who was crowned Downhill World Champion in 2016, as well as winning 3 of the 7 legs of the World Cup tour, visited Holyrood Park to help promote this year’s UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and BUFF® 4X Pro Tour event.

With just over two months to go before thousands of fans and 250 elite riders from 25 different nations descend on Fort William, the 25-year-old from Teesside was given a traditional Scottish welcome while he showcased his skills as one of the best downhill riders on the circuit to bring to life this year’s event strapline ‘Home of the Brave’.

After finishing third on the podium at last year’s Fort William World Cup, Danny has high hopes that this could be his year to take home his first title on home soil, in front of the ever passionate Fort William crowd.

Danny said: “Last season ended on a real high for me becoming World Champion, and I’m looking to repeat that success and keep the momentum going on the downhill circuit this time round.

“The Fort William World Cup is a big race for me, and is the one I look forward to most on the calendar as it’s a chance to race in front of a home crowd. It’s an extra special event with a legendary atmosphere thanks to all of the fans who make the pilgrimage up to the Highlands. I’m looking forward to catching up with family and friends, and hopefully we get a repeat of last year’s sunny weather.”

Taking place over the weekend of 3 and 4 June, the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and BUFF® 4X Pro Tour promises to be just as memorable as last year’s event which broke all records of attendance.

The event, which is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, and Highland Council, is the second stage on the UCI World Cup Downhill calendar.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for major events and as a proud support of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for many years, EventScotland is looking forward to the 2017 event as much as ever.

“The event is hugely important for the Highlands and for Scotland as a whole, and we are sure that mountain bike lovers in their thousands are already making travel arrangements for this exhilarating weekend of action, which will include British riders going for the Fort William title.”

More than 250 of the sport’s biggest stars, including 2016 Woman Downhill World Champion, British rider Rachel Atherton, will be competing in 2017 as they navigate rock, ruts and jumps down the slopes of Aonach Mor.

Rare Management, the organisation behind the multi-award winning event which scooped the Best Downhill World Cup award last year from the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), has confirmed ticket sales for the 2017 event have already seen an increase compared to the same time last year, with a 15 per cent rise in the number of Early Bird tickets sold in December.

Mike Jardine from Rare Management, said: “We’ve got the two World Champions, Danny and Rachel, leading the home charge in Fort William this year, so the chance of British winners has never been better. We want the ‘Home of the Brave’ campaign to reflect the power and prestige of the top British riders and the depth of talent we have. They are the stars who create the excitement of the weekend on the slopes of Aonach Mor, one of the most iconic venues in the world.

“Since launching tickets for this year’s event, we’ve had an incredible response from fans around the world and it’s pleasing to hear that so many are looking to join us again for what will be another unforgettable mountain bike experience for all the family.”

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