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The Worlds at Fort William - News update
Frantic activity in the next week will turn the event site and the town into the
centre of the mountain bike world from 3 to 9 September. 7oo of the
world's best riders from 50 nations are entering their final
preparation phase while mountain bike fans and outdoor enthusiasts
are busy checking tickets, sorting out last minute accommodation and
finalising travel arrangements.
The final XC piece in place
Mark Hedderwick, the trail builder behind the trail centres at Laggan
and Golspie and a large chunk of the new Witch's Trail World
Championships course has just completed the final section of the
Worlds Cross Country course. Located immediately after the start/
finish line and used on lap 2 onwards, it will give a testing
technical challenge right in front of the grandstands. It's going to
be interesting to see how everyone deals with the short rocky climbs
after several laps and who will go for the direct line over the rock
step instead of the longer easier route.
Peat Confirms Fort William Place
Steve Peat's dislocated foot may have affected his final preparations
for the Worlds in Fort William – but nothing is going to stop him
competing on Sunday 9 September. His damaged foot is healing well –
helped by the combined mental curing power of every fan wanting Steve
to get that one elusive title missing from his mantelpiece.
Nissan Gear up for launch of The Worlds
Nissan is gearing up for the start of the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike &
Trials World Championships as headline sponsor for the first time.
It is the first time the championships have been held in the UK and
the first time the event has been sponsored by Nissan – under a new
initiative, 'Nissan Sports Adventure'.
Nissan Sports Adventure sees the car-maker taking its promotion of
adventure sports, including mountain biking, and an active outdoor
lifestyle to the next stage.
which attract a global television audience.
Nissan will be working with the UCI to develop mountain biking across
all levels, particularly via the high profile World Championships
UCI president Pat McQuaid underlined the importance of the agreement
between the international federation and Nissan.
'Mountain biking is a modern and dynamic discipline with an
attractive image and enormous potential,' he said. 'The interest
shown by a company like Nissan confirms this. Thanks to the joint
efforts of Nissan and the ICU, everyone associated with mountain
biking will see fantastic progress in the years to come.'
John Parslow, Nissan's 4x4 brand manager, added: 'Nissan has
historically supported adventurous activity but now we are stepping
up a gear and will really show the passion that we as a company hold
for sports adventure and the environments in which they unfold.
'Through a calendar of events, activities and content we hope to
inspire adventure spirited people throughout Europe – building the
association between the Nissan brand, our naturally capable 4x4 range
and adventure sports. Nissan becoming title sponsor for the World
Championships really demonstrates this.'
10. November 99
Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com