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TRAFALGAR SQUARE HOSTS MOUNTAIN BIKE INVASION
2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships
Fort William, Scotland
Monday 3 - Sunday 9 September 2007
News Release – Thursday 26 April 2007
TRAFALGAR SQUARE HOSTS MOUNTAIN BIKE INVASION
THE UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE & TRIALS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Powered by Nissan Sports Adventure
FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND – 03 – 09 SEPTEMBER 2007
The Highlands of Scotland came to London today (Thursday 26 April) when ten of Britain's leading mountain bikers descended on Trafalgar Square to promote the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships, taking place in Fort William, Scotland, from 3 to 9 September 2007.
Local MP, the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy, (MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber) joined event organisers and the athletes, to unveil some exciting news about a British sporting success story and one of the biggest participation sports in the UK.
∑ News and facts about the World Championships in Fort William including: The first time the Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships has ever been staged in the UK
∑ Nissan Sports Adventure announced as global presenting sponsor of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Circuit and the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Fort William
∑ Introduction of top British riders (including 2006 Downhill World Cup overall Champions Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley) as the 2007 international competitive season commences
The 2007 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships - powered by Nissan Sports Adventure – is not only the first ever mountain bike World Championships to be staged in the UK, it is also one of the highlights of Highland 2007 – the year Scotland celebrates Highland culture.
In September more than 700 of the World's top riders from more than 50 nations, riding for country rather than for trade teams and sponsors, will descend upon Scotland to compete across the four mountain bike disciplines of Cross Country, Downhill, 4-Cross and Trials for a total of 19 World Championship titles.
With Nissan Sports Adventure as major sponsor, the Fort William World Championships will set a new standard for global mountain biking, complemented by the significant level of partner funding from UK Sport, EventScotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, VisitScotland, and Highland 2007.
Nissan spokesman Darren Cox said: '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, and we are delighted to be title sponsor of the
UCI World Championships.'
Despite the presence of the greatest collection of international talent ever seen in the UK, it is the Great Britain team riders who will get the pulses racing and the crowds cheering loudest in their bid for that all-important World Championship Medal on home soil. With Liam Killeen, the 2006 Commonwealth Games Mountain Bike Cross Country Champion; Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley the 2006 UCI Downhill World Cup Champions; Rachel Atherton the 2005 UCI Junior Downhill World Champion and 2006 UCI Downhill World Championship Bronze Medallist; and many more Junior, Under 23 and Elite riders at the top of their game, British athletes are riding high on recent successes on the international stage, so expectations for medal success on home soil are significant.
Steve Peat, the 2006 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup Champion, said: 'For me it is going to be amazing to have the World Championships in Fort William. It will be my fifteenth World Champs (thirteenth competing) and I know its going to be the biggest and best yet.
The crowds in 'Fort Bill' are always the best of the year by far and I think this huge event will not only lift the riders' spirits but the fans too. Kids of all ages from all over the UK will get to witness the fastest riders in the world compete on their home ground and I am sure they will be inspired to race themselves.
'The downhill track at 'Fort Bill' is already the hardest on the circuit and the new section and other new features that have been built this year will only make it better. Its a true track well worthy of the World Championships!'
Paddy Cuthbert - Podge Publicity: T: 00 44 131 477 2037 / M: 00 44 7968 699 636 /
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