MTB World Cup set to return to Fort William

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Early bird tickets are on sale for the Fort William leg of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, as the event gears up for its much-anticipated return to the famous Nevis Range track on Aonach Mor.

The exhilarating event is ‘Back in the Fort’ and will attract thousands of spectators to witness more than 250 of the world’s top riders battle it out for the Downhill World Cup and 4X Pro Tour titles on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 next year.

The event has a new main partner for 2022. Online bike retailer Freewheel.co.uk is sponsoring the event as well as being part of the Elite Madison Saracen Team.

After two years of Covid-induced cancellation, the Fort William World Cup will be back with a bang and will feature homegrown champion Reece Wilson, who won the 2020 Downhill World Championships – the first Scot to take the title.

Early-bird tickets went on sale on Tuesday November 30, allowing fans to save around 20 per cent on full price tickets.

Mike Jardine, of organisers Rare Management, said: ‘The challenge of Covid has meant we’ve missed out on two years of thrilling action but we’re delighted we’ll all be back in the Fort next year.

‘Once again the Fort William fans will be able to welcome the world’s best riders to Scotland. What’s even more exciting is that the crowds will be able to cheer on our Scottish champion, Reece Wilson, and for the first time, truly acknowledge his amazing achievement in 2020.

‘An Early Bird ticket is a perfect Christmas gift for the mountain bike lover in your life and we’d encourage fans to snap them up now. We can’t wait to welcome the crowds back to the legendary spectacle that is Fort William.’

Endura, the World Cup’s official cycling clothing company, will give ticket purchasers the chance to plant a tree as part of its drive to become CO2 negative by 2024. So far, they have planted more than 85,000 trees in Scotland and two million trees in Mozambique.

Early Bird tickets are available until 5pm on December 31 with general entry tickets starting at £18.15 for adults and £9.90 for children aged 6 to 17 years old. Tickets, including gondola uplift, start at £26.95 and £15.40 for children. Family packages are also available starting from £46.75.

For more information on Early Bird tickets, visit https://nevisrange.skiperformance.com/en/store#/en/buy where you can also find details about the event.

Photograph (NO_F49_MTBWorldCup_ReeceWilson): 2020 UCI Downhill World Champion Reece Wilson. Photograph: Ross Bell.