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- 15. April 2007.

UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships

2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships
Fort William, Scotland

Monday 3 - Sunday 9 September 2007

Log on to www.fortwilliamworldchamps.co.uk for everything you need to
know about the Worlds in Fort William. It will be constantly updated
and changed as necessary. We'll keep you informed of major changes by

For tickets: www.fortwilliamworldchamps.co.uk/tickets.html

The World Championships will need about 250 volunteers. If you want
to be a part of a fantastic team, responsible for delivering 19 World
Championship competitions, then either complete the on-line
application form - www.fortwilliamworldchamps.co.uk/volunteers.php or
download the pdf application form - www.fortwilliamworldchamps.co.uk/
downloads.html and send/fax the completed form back to the office.
Organisers need a wide range of helpers but the most important skills
are enthusiasm, friendliness and a determination to help make this a
great week for everyone.

Forestry Commission Scotland have been building more than 4km of new
singletrack this winter as part of the new World Championships XC
course. Despite some incredibly wet weather, the new route is almost
complete, except for a major river crossing. It just so happened that
a bridge of the right span was sitting above the Red Squirrel car
park at Glentress. So, the experimental stressed timber bridge to
nowhere at Glentress will shortly be a crucial feature in the World
Championships XC course. For more info on Glentress - http://www.

VisitScotland have produced a fantastic 86 page to the best Scottish
trail centres, with reviews, reports, photos and maps._This is a must-
have guide if you want to sample what IMBA (International Mountain
Biking Association) describes as the Global Superstar of mountain
biking countries.


VisitScotland realises the potential of Scotland as a world-class
mountain biking tourism destination and is keen to help promote
Scotland's 'Global Superstar' pedigree, awarded recently by the
International Mountain Bicycling Association for the second
consecutive year.

The podcast is has been added initially to YouTube and Yahoo:

This podcast, which you can also view at http://
download.visitscotland.com, is the first of six planned and this
online format is just one of the ways VisitScotland will be promoting
our adventure campaign this year which aims to position Scotland as
Europe's Adventure Capital.

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All applications for media accreditation for the UCI Mountain Bike &
Trials World Championships 2007 at Fort William will be considered
and approved by the UCI.

The UCI will invite applications for media accreditation for the UCI
Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships 2007 at Fort William, from
UCI registered journalists and photographers only, from the middle of
June 2007.

All journalists and photographers wishing to apply for media
accreditation for the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships
2007 at Fort William must first register with the UCI. Go to http://
www.uci.ch and follow the accreditation process (click 'Web services'
at the bottom of the home page to start).

If you do not have a nationally recognised press card / media
credentials you will have to provide the UCI with written proof of a
commission from a print, website or broadcast media organisation in
order to be considered for accreditation.

Please note: This is only a registration process and you will have
to apply for accreditation online when applications open in June 2007.

Media accreditation enquiries:
For all enquiries regarding media accreditation for the UCI Mountain
Bike & Trials World Championships 2007 at Fort William please contact
Paddy Cuthbert, Podge Publicity - Mob: +44 (0)7968 699636, Email:
[email protected]


Accommodation in Fort William during the Mountain Bike & Trials World
Championships is very limited. To be sure of guaranteed accommodation
it's best to make an early booking WGT, an accommodation agency, has
reserved all available hotel accommodation in the area. They have
earmarked the Premier Travel Inn in Fort William as the official
media hotel.

Please contact Stepehn Minto at MGT – [email protected] / +44 167
082 4590 – as soon as possible for information on the accommodation,
conditions of booking and to book your hotel accommodation.


All media releases are available for download below. In order to be
put on the media circulation list you must register wiith Podge
Publicity - Email: [email protected]

Fort William, Scotland, to host the first ever UCI Mountain Bike &
Trials World Championships to be staged in the UK - the biggest, the
most important and the best mountain bike event in the world – 03 –
09 September 2007 - http://fortwilliamworldchamps.co.uk/

It is the only UK Sport funded senior World Championships event to be
staged in the UK in 2007 - http://www.uksport.gov.uk/

The Nevis Range and Leanachan Forest, Fort William, home of the 2007
World Championships, has successfully hosted rounds of the UCI
Mountain Bike World Cup from 2002 to 2006 (The World Cup Finals
2005). The venue has won a number of media and industry awards for
these events – 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005 UCI (International Cycle
Union) annual award for the best Downhill and 4-Cross events of the
Mountain Bike World Cup series; The IMTTO –- the International
Mountain Bike Teams, Technical Support Companies and Organisers –
award for the mountain bike event of the year 2005; Best UK Cycling
Event in the Singletrack Reader Awards 2003, 2005 & 2006; The Sunday
Mail Sporting Event of the Year 2006 and the Scottish Thistle Award
for Area Tourism 2003 - 'a tourism Oscar'

At the World Championships, an annual competition with the emphasis
firmly on riding for country rather than for trade teams and
sponsors, more than 750 of the World's top riders from more than 57
nations worldwide will compete across the four mountain bike
disciplines of Cross Country, Downhill, 4-Cross and Trials for a
total of 19 World Championship titles.
The UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships at Fort William
will be one of the highlights of Highland 2007 - the year of Highland
Culture - events programme - http://www.highland2007.com

The Cross Country, Downhill, 4-Cross courses all radiate from the
Event Village at Nevis Range and will all benefit from major changes
and new features for the World Championships
The Mountain Bike World Cup events at Fort William have consistently
drawn large, very supportive and enthusiastic crowds from all over
the UK and the rest of the world. In 2007 it is anticipated that the
World Championships will attract more than 40,000 spectators on the
main days of competition with a direct economic benefit to Fort
William and the immediate Lochaber area in excess of £2 million.

Great Britian team athletes are strong medal contenders inc: Liam
Killeen - 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion, 2006 UCI World Cup ranked
6th overall, 5th at 2004 Olympic Games; Steve Peat – 2002, 2005 and
2006 UCI Downhill World Cup Champion, UCI Downhill World Championship
Silver Medallist 2000, 2001 and 2002; Tracy Moseley 2006 UCI Downhill
World Cup Champion, 2006 UCI Downhill World Championship Silver
Medallist, Rachel Atherton – 2005 UCI Junior World Champion / 2006
UCI Downhill World Championship Bronze Medallist / 2006 UCI World Cup
DH ranked 3rd overall; Gee Atherton – 2006 UCI World Cup DH ranked
5th overall / 2006 UCI World Cup 4X ranked 7th overall

Giant Screen & two 750 seater Grandstands – in the finish arena at
Nevis Range

Full programme of events and activities in Event Village and Expo
Area and in the centre of Fort William

The Nevis Range and Leanachan Forest facility, is spectacularly
located beside Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain, and has World-
class downhill, cross country and 4–cross tracks - with more than
50km of cross country trails to ride in Forestry Commission
Scotland's Leanachan Forest.

Accommodation Booking – Tel: 0845 2255121 (+44 1506 832121 outside
UK) / www.visithighlands.com / Tourist Information Centre, Fort
William - Tel. +44 (0)1397 703781 / www.visitscotland.com / www.visit-

Tickets are on sale now – +44 (0)1397 705825 - http://

For full results of the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World
Championships at Fort William please visit the UCI (International
Cycle Union) website at www.uci.ch or www.tissottiming.com

Scotland is the first nation to achieve back-to-back Global Superstar
status by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

Useful Websites
The UCI Mountain Bike & trials World Championships at Fort William -
The UCI (International Cycle Union) Website – http://www.uci.ch
The British Cycling Website - http://www.britishcycling.org.uk
UK Sport - http://www.uksport.gov.uk/
EventScotland - http://www.eventscotland.org/
Forestry Commission Scotland – http//www.forestry.gov.uk
VisitScotland - Adventure sports in Scotland – http://
Highland 2007 - http://www.highland2007.com
Outdoor Capital of the UK - http://www.outdoorcapital.co.uk

Paddy Cuthbert - Podge Publicity :
17 - 23 Calton Road, Edinburgh EH8 8DL
T: 0131 477 2037 / F: 0131 558 3904 / M: 07968 699 636
E: [email protected] / W: www.podge.co.uk
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