Following surprising results at last year’s nail-biting Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scottish Champion Reece Wilson (GBR) has his eyes on a win at this year’s gravity defying event, since finishing 4th last year.
Reece is part of a new generation of riders pushing the established heroes of Downhill racing – in 2018 this new wave of riders was led by Amaury Pierron (FRA) taking his first World Cup victory in an action-packed finale.
The legendary Fort William event returns for the 18th time, on the weekend of 1 - 2 June, welcoming over 20,000 dedicated fans to the Scottish Highlands to watch over 250 elite riders battle it out for the World Cup title.
Since its launch in 2002, the multi award-winning event has taken home 32 international and national accolades, contributed over £40 million to the Scottish economy and welcomed over 330,000 avid mountain bike fans to Fort William.
Reece Wilson, current Scottish Downhill Mountain Bike Champion said: “Stepping out on to the podium last year was the highlight of my career and I can’t wait to get back to Fort William and challenge myself to reach the number one spot. Fort William is my home course so I know it inside out – it’s also home to the world’s greatest fans, you really can’t compete with the Scottish crowd!”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and EventScotland is proud to be a long-term supporter of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Events play a key role in our visitor economy as shown by the Mountain Bike World Cup. The event is hugely important for the Highlands and for Scotland, contributing over £40million to the economy to date, which is testament to its title as a world class event.”
Mike Jardine from organisers Rare Management, said: “Having Reece on the winner’s podium last year was fantastic recognition of his talent and ambition – and a huge boost for Scottish mountain biking. Over the years we’ve had some incredible winners, including British riders Tracy Moseley, Steve Peat, Rachel Atherton, Gee Atherton and Tahnee Seagrave – it would take things to a new level if a Scottish rider could take the Fort William World Cup title.
“With lots of new, exciting riders, this year’s event is set to be even bigger, better and more exciting than ever. The world’s best riders and teams will come together with the best fans in the Scottish Highlands. There is no better location or atmosphere for another Downhill mountain biking showdown.”
For more information and event tickets, visit www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk.