MTB World Cup organisers take cautious approach

Nevis Range's sponsored downhill and enduro rider, Mikayla Parton. Photograph courtesy of Nevis Range.

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?

 

Subscribe Now

Organisers of Lochaber’s biggest sporting event say it might go ahead this year – but without spectators.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup organisers have confirmed that if the event takes place at Nevis Range, Fort William, on the scheduled dates of May 22-23 this year, it will be ‘behind closed doors’.

‘Whilst we all desperately want a return to the usual Fort William crowds and the amazing atmosphere they create, despite the progress of vaccination and planned easing of lockdown restrictions, the reality is that the World Cup on May 22 and 23 will not be possible with spectators in attendance,’ said a spokesperson.

‘Spectators have been at the heart of every World Cup and have made it the much-admired classic it has become.

‘A closed event will never be the same – but as with every other sport, if the competition is to take place it must be under very different conditions.

‘We continue to work with the UCI and relevant authorities to find a way of running the World Cup behind closed doors but this still presents numerous challenges that are, as yet, unresolved.’

All existing ticket holders will be contacted separately. They will be able to claim a full refund or carry forward to 2022 when there will hopefully be a full return to normality and crowds cheering on the best riders in the world.

PIC CAP: Nevis Range’s sponsored downhill and enduro rider, Mikayla Parton. Photograph courtesy of Nevis Range. NO F10 Parton biking 03