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Fort William will be the centre of attention again this October when the eyes of the mountain bike world focus on the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
No Fuss Events, the Fort William-based events company, has introduced two events to the calendar: the final round of The European Continental Enduro Series and The WEMBO World Solo 24-hour Championships.
On Tuesday January 16, the Enduro World Series (EWS) launched its new Continental Enduro Series. Round four, the final round of the 2018 European Continental Enduro Series, will be hosted at Nevis Range on October 13 and 14, staged by the No Fuss team.
In recent years, The Enduro World Series has changed the way mountain biking is perceived. The reputation of the World Series is global and has showcased some of the most incredible riding destinations in the world.
Chris Ball, director of the Enduro World Series, said: ‘We’re delighted Fort William will host the closing round of the new European Continental Enduro Series. The area is steeped in mountain biking history, thanks to the legendary Downhill Word Cup, so it’s an honour to follow in their footsteps.
‘We’ve worked with No Fuss Events before and know just how incredible their events are and look forward to seeing exciting racing on those iconic trails.’
The following weekend, October 20 and 21, sees the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation’s (WEMBO) World Solo 24-hour Championships arrive in Fort William. This event was last staged at Nevis Range in 2014 by No Fuss and was a phenomenal success, with riders from 22 countries taking part.
The on-going success of WEMBO since 2014 has seen a huge growth in participant numbers and interest in 24-hour racing across the world.
WEMBO Australian founder Russ Baker said: ‘World Solo 24-hour legend Jason English rated the 2014 ‘WEMBO’ at Fort William the toughest course he had ridden. Italy’s Gaia Ravaioli will defend her crown, while Jason attempts to regain his after coming second to Canada’s Cory Wallace in 2017, which ended the longest run of world solo 24-hour championship wins in history.
‘WEMBO has a bright future with events on the books up to 2022, with all events after Scotland being at new and exciting locations, starting with Brazil in 2019. I look forward to returning to beautiful Fort William and welcoming the world’s riders to Nevis Range in October.’
Nevis Range is a world-renowned venue for mountain biking and the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup has been massively successful and important to the area.
The fact that in 2018 alone it will see the Fort William Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup, an EWS Continental European Enduro and the World Solo 24 hours shows the diversity of riding available to all mountain bikers of all disciplines and experience.
Chris O’Brien from Nevis Range said: ‘We are delighted to partner with No Fuss and host what we are sure will be two incredible events. We’ll be working hard to make sure this happens and to demonstrate Nevis Range is much more than our world-famous downhill course and we can’t wait to see that unique highland energy that always appears during a Fort William event.’
Frazer Coupland from No Fuss Events said: ‘It is going to be an amazing couple of weeks. EWS are extremely popular with spectators, with Ireland and Italy having the reputation for the wildest crowds.
‘The 2017 WEMBO was judged to have been one of the greatest parties ever witnessed at a 24-hour race. We see this as Scotland’s big chance to get out and see some of the world’s top enduro stars in action.
For information on the events and other events in the No Fuss 2018 programme go to www.nofussevents.co.uk/