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No Fuss Events today announced the launch of the most extreme downhill mountain biking endurance race in the UK. The Fort William Downhill Endurance will be staged on the internationally renowned downhill ... Read Full Storytrack at Nevis Range near Fort William - home to the 2007 Mountain Bike World Championships - on Sunday, 7 September 2008.
As one of the longest and most physically demanding courses on the international mountain bike race circuit, riders of this grueling event will need physical strength, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an unerring eye for the right line as they speed down the 2.82km track. They will also need huge amounts of stamina in order to ride the track as many times as possible in six hours!
The Nevis Range Downhill course is a full-on, flat-out, no-compromise charge down the face of Aonach Mor, the 9th highest mountain in the UK. A succession of big jumps and bumps, berms, drop-offs, rock slabs and technical natural sections provide plenty of challenges for the riders, all the way from the top gondola station (at 655m) to the magnificent finish section above the Nevis Range car park.
Frazer Coupland, from No Fuss Events, said: 'The Fort William Downhill Endurance is a new and totally unique event to the UK and it has already captured the imagination of some of the key players in the downhill community. It will be a fresh, new and different event, whilst challenging enough to be completely in keeping with the gnarly hardcore scene normally associated with downhill riders.
"This will be a fantastic event for spectators too. With great access onto the course from both the top gondola station and the Nevis Range Car Park, excellent spectator viewing points the length of the course, and a restaurant and a café, friends, family and hard core downhill fans will be able to soak up the adrenaline fueled atmosphere in style, whilst cheering on the riders as they complete this awesome challenge."
In normal downhill races riders race individually against the clock. For the Fort William Downhill Endurance riders will use a Le Mans style mass start. After a short run to the event tech area downhill bikes will be collected and ridden uphill to the Nevis Range Gondola's Tower Nine – about three quarters of the way down from the top. Riders will then race as fast as possible to the bottom where they will catch the gondola to the traditional start of the track at the top station. From here it is simple - as many descents as possible in six hours! Each descent will be timed with the cumulative descent times counting in cases of equal descents.
The idea of the event is not only to test endurance but also reliability. Participants will only be allowed one bike and a list of itemized spares to see them through the whole event. At the bottom of each run participants have the opportunity to enter the tech area to carry out any running repairs, replenish fluids and to take a breather.
There will be time penalties for riders who have to change wheels, forks, bars, frames and other major components. Also participants will not be allowed assistance in the maintenance of their equipment from outside the tech area.
No Fuss are delighted to announce that Dave Hutchens, a well known face on the Scottish Downhill scene, will assist the team in the organizing and running of the event.
Dave Hutchens said: 'This unrivaled event will combine both the skills and the endurance of the riders and the reliability of their bikes. The Downhill course at Fort William is well known for being one of the toughest courses. This event will add another dimension for extreme sports enthusiasts.'
The race is just one of a grueling series of open endurance sports events organized by Fort William based adrenaline junkies No Fuss Events. Other events on their action packed 2008 event calendar include the Three Tens Series and Relentless 24 (cross country mountain bike endurance events at venues across Scotland) and The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon. No Fuss will also reintroduce the legendary Glen Nevis River Race to the Fort William and Lochaber this year. Participants have to negotiate a 2-mile stretch of the icy cold River Nevis on an air-bed (Lilo), navigating the Gurgling Gorge, the Leg Breaker and the Lower Falls Leap! To date, however, no other event in the No Fuss programme combines the intense levels of technical skill with a stubborn relentless test of riders' endurance and nerve than the Fort William Downhill Endurance.
All No Fuss events are geared towards both participants and families, with entertainment and music for all and an après event party for those who can still summon up the energy!
Over 25 mountain biking enthusiasts and volunteers have worked together to complete the Philpott Trail last Saturday, January 26.
The group was composed of volunteers from Henry County Bike Cl... Read Full Storyub, Franklin Free-Wheelers, the Southern Virginia Mountain Bike Association, the Dan River Basin Association, Franklin County Parks and Recreation, and Martinsville Rivers and Trails.
The group had worked over six hours in order to complete the installation of the 1,000-feet trail, incorporating it on the system of trails at the Jamison Recreation area, located at the Philpott Lake.
The system of trails will enable outdoor lovers to enjoy mountain biking and hiking.
A national consultative conference focusing on keeping Scotland as a world leader in mountain biking, and ensuring it’s continued popularity at home, will be held on tomorrow, 29 January.
Scot... Read Full Storyland has an enviable international reputation in mountain biking and the conference in Perth tomorrow will allow 200 delegates to give their views and ideas on how to ensure Scotland continues to develop the sport.
Last year, Fort William staged the highly successful UCI Mountain Bike and Trails World Championships, winning the prestigious International Mountain Bike Teams, Tech Support and Race Organizers Organization (IMTTO) ‘Event of the Year’ along the way, and built on the international acclaim given to previous World Cup stages held at the Fort.
The Worlds also saw Scotland’s first mountain bike champion crowned, with 18 year old Ruaridh Cunningham winning the junior men’s downhill competition.
Jackie Davidson, Director of Operations at Scottish Cycling said; “Mountain biking is an important and fast growing discipline within the Scottish cycling community. It is crucial that this momentum is maintained and developed in a way that is sustainable and continues to contribute to the health, economic development and sporting achievement of the country.
“This conference will help us to develop a strategy and framework which will safeguard the future development of mountain biking in Scotland from the tracks of Glentress to the continued success of the international mountain biking events held in Fort William.”
Seven national organizations - Scottish Cycling, EventScotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, sportscotland and VisitScotland - are working together to initiate the development of a framework and strategy for the future delivery, and continued success, of mountain biking in Scotland.
The conference will be attended by representatives from partner agencies, health promotion agencies, local authorities, the private sector, landowners, environmental and other voluntary and public sector organizations, clubs and participant groups all of whom have a vested interest in the continued development of the sport. Delegates will identify the key issues, and the outcomes from the discussions will be used to develop the national framework.