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- 26. April 2007.

Mountain Bike Worlds Broadcast Team Announced

2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships
Fort William, Scotland
Monday 3 - Sunday 9 September 2007

http://fortwilliamworldchamps.co.uk


BBC SPORT, TWI AND SMG SOLUTIONS TO SHOWCASE
THE UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE & TRIALS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

Fort William World Championships Ltd, organisers of the UCI Mountain
Bike & Trials World Championships 2007 - powered by Nissan Sports
Adventure - at Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, are delighted
to announce that BBC Sport has been confirmed as the UK TV broadcast
rights holder and TWI, an IMG Media Company, as the host broadcaster,
with SMG Solutions as facilities provider for the event.

Mike Jardine, from Fort William World Championships Ltd, said; 'We
are delighted to have BBC Sport, TWI and SMG Solutions on board as
part of the event's extensive media campaign. We are sure that they
will bring the World Championships to the forefront of the public eye
throughout the world whilst profiling Scotland as one of the world's
foremost event destinations.

'We are confident that the broadcast team will not only showcase the
adrenaline fuelled action of this spectacular event, Fort William and
Locahber's excellent sporting infrastructure, facilities and
passionate sporting community on an international stage, they will
also highlight the Outdoor Capital of the UK's stunning location and
the vast range of tourism and adventure sports opportunities open to
its growing annual visitor numbers.'

BBC Sport will broadcast two one-hour programmes on the final weekend
of the event. Michael Cole, Deputy Editor, BBC Sport, said, 'BBC
Sport is really pleased to be able to showcase this year's Mountain
Bike & Trials World Championships from Fort William. A World
Championship taking place on home soil is always an exciting prospect
and the fast and furious action in such a beautiful location makes it
all the more enticing. With such a strong team of British riders,
BBC viewers should have some GB medalists to watch in September.'

TWI, the sports production arm of the world's premier sports,
entertainment and media company IMG, has had considerable experience
of host broadcasting. Last year it was Host Broadcaster for both the
Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Doha Asian Games, the largest
and most complex Outside Broadcast operation in the world. TWI is
also the world's largest producer and distributor of sports
programming and live events, distributing more than 11,000 hours
annually.

Lawrence Duffy, TWI's Head of Sport Development, said: ' We are
delighted to be working with Fort William World Championships Ltd and
SMG to host broadcast what promises to be an eagerly-anticipated and
keenly fought event, made even more exciting by the fact that it will
be contested on home soil.'

Glasgow based SMG Solutions will provide the host broadcast
production team. SMG Solutions will bring the expertise of their
world class team and the latest technology and techniques via their
outside broadcast and production kit for the September event in a
deal brokered by Fiona Crichton, Business Development Manager. The
team will be producing the event live, reacting to the changing and
fast-paced nature of the event and capturing all of the race action
throughout the week.

Sean Duffy, Commercial Director of SMG Solutions said: 'SMG Solutions
is thrilled to be involved with such a high profile and exclusive
event. We look forward to working with TWI and BBC Sport, and to the
challenges an extremely fast-paced and boisterous event such as this
will present. I'm confident that our talented team will do an
excellent job.'

The first ever UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships to be
staged in the UK, will take place at the Nevis Range and Leanachan
Forest at Fort William from 3 to 9 September 2007. This annual
competition, with the emphasis firmly on riding for country rather
than for trade teams and sponsors, will feature over 700 of the
World's top riders from more than 50 nations. They will compete
across the four main mountain bike disciplines of Cross Country,
Downhill, 4-Cross and Trials, for a total of 19 World Championship
titles. It is anticipated that the event will attract more than
40,000 spectators, from all over the UK and the rest of the world, on
the main days of competition


MEDIA CONTACT:

Paddy Cuthbert - Podge Publicity: T: 00 44 131 477 2037 / M: 00 44
7968 699 636 /
E: paddy@podge.co.uk
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