[VIDEO] UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William 2011

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William 2011

Well that’s the thrills and spills of the MTB World Cup in Fort William over for another year! 300 riders from over 25 countries took to the track cheered on by around 20,000 fans who flocked to Lochaber  to soak up the action and the occasional ray of sunshine! The great news is the event, which generates around £2.5 million for the local economy, will return to Fort William until at least 2013 thanks to a new agreement UCI has confirmed with the fantastic Nevis Range.  For more information on this story read this. We were there having a great time and felt sorry for all you who couldn’t make it, so we quickly threw together a wee video of a … Read more

Results of the MTB World Cup in Fort William [PICS]


Another great mountain bike world cup stage in Fort William over for another year, and it didn’t fail to disappoint. We’ve got a selection of snaps below for you to feast your eyes on, including both the 4-cross and downhill events. Overall Highlight: New found affection for Tracy Moseley, winner of the women’s downhill. Overall Lowlight: Instant realisation I’ve nae chance with Tracy Moseley, winner of the women’s downhill. Coming soon a lovely video so keep your eyes glued to the blog for that. South African rider Greg Minnaar took top podium place in the Men’s Downhill following a tremendous show of power and skill down the course, beating runner up Danny Hart who firmly made his mark on familiar British … Read more

Lochaber Mountain Rescue 1920′s Fundraiser [PICS]

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To raise funds for the fantastic guys at The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, on the 27th of May Skipinnish Fort Wiliam was transformed into a 1920′s speakeasy, although with the prohibition era long since behind us the only thing illegal were some of the dance manoeuvres! ! The night was a great success with locals and tourists alike shimmying the night away in full costume to a cracking live swing band.  A great night had by all! If you would like to make a donation to The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team in acknowledgment of the fine work they do then just click here. Take a look at some photos from the night! Follow The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team on Facebook! All … Read more

Going downhill, fast.


Start of the mountain bike world cup in Fort William today, it’s been great weather, great action, great beer tent and soon to be great hangover. Highlight: seeing Dougie Vipond. Lowlight: Being blanked by Dougie Vipond, Here are the results of todays qualifications: MEN’S DH QUALIFICATION: (Top 10) 1.       Aaron Gwin USA  (4:49.73) 2.       Gee Atherton GBR (4:43.87) 3.       Danny Hart GBR (4:41.01) 4.       Greg Minnaar RSA (4:52.49) 5.       Matti Lehikoinen FIN (4:43.76) 6.       Justin Leov NZL (4:54.33) 7.       Andrew Neethling RSA (4:45.06) 8.       Marc Beaumont GBR (4:45.44) 9.       Chris Kovarik AUS (4:45.76) 10.   Nick Beer SUI (4:47.03)   WOMEN’S DH QUALIFICATION: (Top 5) 1. Rachel Atherton GBR (5:35.805) 2. Tracy Moseley GBR (5:36.003) 3. Floriane Pugin FRA (5:38.717) 4. Myriam … Read more

Haud oan tae yer bunnets!

Crannog and Fort William Town Pier

In the midst of being battered by 80mph winds and rain we have ventured out into the storm to bring you some (almost) live footage including massive swells on Loch Linnhe hammering the Crannog Restaurant and Town Pier in the centre of Fort William. It’s been at it all day and shows no sign of stopping with bits of buildings being ripped off, trees down and roads closing. For up to the minute feeds check out our webcams – they’re (somewhat miraculously) still up and running with live images!

2011 SPEA FIM Fort William World Trials

SPEA FIM World Trial

I was weaned on two stroke oil and so have an affinity with the sickly sweet scent in the air associated with Motorbike trials. Any normal human can’t fail to be impressed with what these guys can do with these amazing looking machines. And if you’re not, everyone likes seeing folk fall over so there’s inevitably some of that too. Luckily, we have two trials events in Lochaber these days; the Scottish Six Days Trials – an ancient and massively popular week long event that sees motorcycle aficionados flock from all over (we are mid-trial as I write!). There is also the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship stage which came here first in 2010 and makes a return this year. … Read more