Fort William seeks regular UCI gig

EventScotland co-ordinates funding package

Hot on the heels of its success in hosting the Mountain bike and Trials World Championships, Fort William is gunning for a fixed slot on the UCI's racing calendar.

EventScotland, the national events agency for Scotland, has put together a funding package with other public sector partners to bring World Cup competitions to the Highland town until 2012.

Discussions between EventScotland, the British Cycling Federation and the UCI are underway with the Scots pushing hard to capitalise on the feel-good factor currently surrounding the sport.

"Cycling is now one of our major sports with the growth in mountain biking, the success of people like Chris Hoy and the new velodrome which is due to be built in Glasgow," said Paul Bush, chief operating officer of EventScotland.

Mike Jardine, director of Rare Management, the event organiser, is confident of securing a longer-term commitment from the sport's organising body.

"The UCI are quite keen to get some classic events on the calendar," he said. "It would be good to get a bit of consistency in the build-up to 2012 London Olympics and hopefully 2014 Commonwealth Games, of which Glasgow is a bid city."

The recent week-long UCI World Championships attracted an estimated 40,000 spectators to Fort William.

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