Peter Siebelt, Glasgow Mountain Bike Club, the organisers of the Alpine Bikes World Cup Chaser event said; "We are really pleased that our idea to put on an open race at Fort William went ahead in 2003 and are delighted to get a chance to do it all again this year. The very positive comments we received about the course and the race format last year plus an increase in Cross Country race numbers this year from the first 2 rounds of the SXC series should see a large number of return racers and hopefully some new faces.
"Entries have been coming in early this year so if you want to combine watching the best Cross Country riders in the world and then ride the same course you should get your entry in as soon as possible as numbers are limited.'
Now in its second year, the Alpine Bikes World Cup Chaser, covers 7 different age categories, both male and female and is organised by Glasgow Mountain Bike Club. The Chaser, sponsored by Alpine Bikes, the Scottish specialist bike shop with 5 outlets throughout Scotland, will allow up to 500 of the UK's club riders to compare their performance against the international World Cup elite, on the same course the 8km Witch's Trail in the Leanachan Forest, the area of woodland below Ben Nevis.
The success of the 2002 and 2003 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William firmly established Nevis Range, with the Nevis Range Downhill Course, the 4-Cross track and the Witch's Trail Cross Country track, as one of the prime all-discipline mountain bike destinations in the UK.
Mike Jardine from Rare Management, organisers of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William 2002 and 2003 hopes to improve further on the success of the competition: "Long term, everyone involved is thinking even bigger, with a bid to host the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2007 being put together. 2003 was a great year for Fort William, with international recognition of all of the hard work and commitment from everyone involved in putting on the World Cup. This shows that the Fort William event really is the best in the World - but we can still improve."
Entry forms (in pdf format) and further details on the open event are available from the official World Cup website http://www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk