The best downhill MTB cup in the world

The 15th Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup in the Scottish Highlands has won international recognition after it was named as the best Downhill Mountain Bike event in the world in 2016. The legendary event was voted the Best Downhill World Cup event by cycling’s international governing body, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), following a record-breaking year for downhill mountain bike racing in Scotland.


Almost 22,000 fans witnessed Great Britain’s Rachel Atherton and South Africa’s Greg Minnaar win the women’s and men’s events last June in what has been described by many as one of the most memorable downhill world cups in the sport’s history.


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As well as drawing record crowds, who experienced stunning gravity action in glorious sunshine, the 15th Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup won over UCI voters for its uncompromising downhill course on the slopes of Aonach Mor, its event organisation and unique atmosphere, which included emotional farewells to legendary riders of the sport. To add to the accolades, there was a Hall of Fame award at the recent Mountain Biking Scotland conference, recognising the inspiration and the profile it has generated for the sport.


Taking place at the Nevis Range ski area, 9km from Fort William, it is regarded a must-see event on the Scottish sporting calendar and continues to bring a huge financial boost to Highland tourism delivering an estimated £33m to the economy since 2002.