Fort William is welcoming back a huge part of Highland life this summer – now that the world has re-opened, we’re getting back our beloved mountain biking events. There are many events this summer for cycling enthusiasts to bite your teeth into – be it spectating or cycling yourself. These are our most local biking events that you should keep an eye out for.
Mountain Bike World Cup – 21st – 22nd May
This event returns to Fort William this summer at the Nevis Range track on Aonach Mor. Happening on the 21st and 22nd of May, you can expect more than 250 of the world’s top riders to be here competing for the Downhill World Cup and 4x Pro Tour Titles.
This event attracts thousands of people to the Highlands each year, and after a few years off, it’s coming back with a vengeance. The first Scot to win the Downhill World Championships in 2020, Reece Wilson, will even be there.
10 Under the Ben – 4th June
Happening in Leanachan Forest, this has been a staple on the Nevis Range events calendar since 2006. Riders can expect a relaxed, friendly, no-fuss atmosphere. The aim of the game is to complete as many laps as you can in the 10-hour time limit. You can race solo, in a pair or in a quad – but teams ride in relay.
This is a relaxed environment that allows you to enjoy a great day’s riding around the picturesque forest, or if you’re up for a challenge, there is the opportunity to test your limits and take on the 10 Under the Ben challenge.
Monster Cycle – 26th June
This enormous challenge is designed for experienced cyclists. Travelling from Fort William to Windsor, cyclists will cover a massive span of 950km! It’s quite the challenge, but a rewarding one at that – the routes passing by the gorgeous shores of Loch Lomond and many other beautiful sights and rugged landscapes the UK has to offer.
Included in this experience is 5 days’ worth of food, 5 nights’ hotel accommodation plus bike storage, and sports physio and a massage at the end of the race, making sure cyclists are well looked after.
Highland Perthshire Challenge – 27th August
With this event, cyclists have a choice of a 50 or 100-mile route to take. This gives an opportunity to experience Scotland’s beautiful scenery in a relaxed and enjoyable way. And with refreshments included – what’s not to love? It’s the perfect day out.