Where to go : Fort William
Why : The World Cup Down Hill course is here.
Check it out : http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/
When is the World Cup : June 5 & 6 2010
You can I ride the World Cup course
Most of the Downhill course is open to the public, although there will be some sections only used for the World Cup.
The course is open for public riding from May 15th. The course then closes at the end of September. (you need the ski lift so when these close down, you are stumped) Oh the course closes over the World Champs week too.
Please check with Nevis Range for accurate opening times.
Telephone: 01397 705825
The Forestry Commission XC course is part of the extensive Witch's Trail network in the Leanachan Forest. It is also open to the public.
So whats the low down.
We advise, fly into Inverness on sleeeazy jet ( http://www.easyjet.co.uk/) remember to book your bike in if you are taking one. However I suggest you hire there (more later on this). Link your car hire in with your flight booking and drive to Fort William. It is 104 km - easy as.
Exact address of the bike centre at the gondola for your sat nav : Nevis Range, Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SW , 0131 555 3820
Hire your bike from OffBeatBikes
Check out this web site with all the details ~ http://www.offbeatbikes.co.uk/
It makes it a lot easier with the car / flights and everything. It is also unlikely you will have the correct downhill bike geared up for this kind of riding. You can also get the gear. This is a must have, you need it all so please hire it !
OffBeatBikes brochures are in the Studio, so grab one !
Prices here - http://www.offbeatbikes.co.uk/hire-pricelist.asp
Hiring an Instructor.
Highly advisable if this is your first time and especially if it is your first time to Fort William on the World Cup track.
You can get group sessions but you need to book ahead. I booked in with James for 1 to 1 session as I arrived on the day and wanted an instructor. The centre is very accommodating and got James in to help and he was great.
I suggest plan ahead and get a group session booked ~ 5 riders would be a nice number.
Details : Check out Alastair MacLennan's website: http://www.mtbrideguide.com/. James will be doing some extra work for him over the summer.
Contact : James Shirley
Mobile no: 07584022481
Rate: £15 + £15/hr
Instructors will go through key skills with you before hand and show you the ropes.
There is plenty of accommodation. I found this awesome little spot and the land lady Emily was just lovely. I would suggest staying on the far side of Fort William , ie on the road that goes out to the DH track but further out. It makes it easier to get out to the track.
Here is the lovely B&B I stayed at and you can contact Emily. (£25pp – well priced and includes breakfast)
From East Lodge to the Bike Centre – 11 Miles
All that said, there is a bike only track to ride on up to the gondola and bike centre that runs from the city centre, so you can just ride on up, it is not to far.
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