“ Access & Push up.”
In an attempt to civilise the Highland population General Wade built a road from Fort William to Inverness some 250 years ago. Later a gondola was added to access the slopes of Aanoch Mor which in turn influenced by a gathering at nearby Glenfinnan the SDA arrived and ‘Raised their Standard’ and so the birth of a once push up track grew into the renowned track of today’s World Cup Circuit. Still the longest most gruelling and best supported.
The track is physical and demanding and mentally draining. From the top riders are launched into the battle zone with unstrategically placed boulders, loose rocks and tight berms. Line choice or point and shoot, the terrain remains constant and demanding. Pass Tower 13 over the rock slab and negotiate the deer fence, arms ache from shock pump, but hey!
Your nearly half way, things are looking up. A few berms and into the technical forest section with the addition of roots to contend with, cross the stream and onto the motorway, nearly there. The home straight, arms have lost all feeling and now the legs are about to do the same. Peddle all the way to the post with just the odd death defying jump thrown in and there it is. Time to head up and do it all again.
Telephone: 01397 705825
OS Land Ranger Grid Reference 171774 Carpark area.
OS Land Ranger Grid Reference 188756 Top Gondola Station.
Please do not park in the section of the car park in front of the ticket office/entrance to the gondolas. When you drive in to the venue and on to the car park main centre road way please turn to your right:
The nearest train station is:
Tom-na-Faire. Station Square, Fort William. Highland PH33 6TQ.
Grading – orange extreme (previously graded ‘black’).
Access – gondola uplift.
Length – 2.82km
Start altitude – 655m
Finish altitude – 100m
Vertical descent – 555m
Finish – Nevis Range car park
The course is probably the toughest on the World Cup circuit and will be physically and technically challenging and your race run will be between on average 5-7minutes long. Riders are advised to wear suitable protection, walk the course prior to riding and ride within their own ability level.
The Fort William track is very physically demanding, we recommend your wear as much protection as possible.
Please note everybody must pay to use the gondola on Friday. Only riders with their bikes can use the gondola without buying a ticket on the Friday and Saturday. All other family members must buy a ticket to travel on the gondola.
There are showers on site at Nevis Range at £1.00 for 3 minutes and will be open when the cafe is open.
If your camping out in the car/van and just want a shower then the Fort William leisure centre (Lochaber Leisure Centre) have these facilities available, located on the Belford Road, Fort William, PH33 6BU, based on the main road leading to the track, heading through passing the Belford Hospital, this place is around 500yds on from the Hospital on the left hand side. Good parking available. Tel: 01397 704359 Cost £1.10 a shower, £1 deposit for use of a towel or bring your own.
Fri: 7:15am to 9pm
Sat: 10am to 4pm
Sun: 10am to 4pm
There are also showers based at the train station which has recently been refurbished, the train station is accessible from the back of Morrison’s car park. Tel: 0845 601 5929, the cost is £3.50 which includes the use of a towel. The showers themselves are private cubicles.
The race venue is not a campsite. Police can move you in as the Nevis Range has no license to allow camping. Definately no fires! The car park at Nevis Range which is where the race will be held is hard standing gravel and good access for bigger vehicles. There are various camp site around the area, the most popular is the Glen Nevis Camp site. Chalets are available at Loch Linnhe Camp Site.
Make sure you cover yourself in midge repellent. My repellent of choice is Avon Skin So Soft. If it rains, the wind speed is above 5mph or it’s hot and sunny they don’t come out to play. If they are out make sure you close up everything as they will have a rave / disco in your tent, van,car or motor home.
Every Gondola at Fort William has either two or three hooks. Please make sure every hook is filled with a bike. That way the queue will be reduced and you will get up the hill and down it more times than you can handle!
Telephone No: 01397 702 361
Belford Hospital, Fort William
Telephone No: 01397 702 481
Fort William Ambulance Depot
Telephone No: 01397 702 382
Nevis Range XC Riding: If you are bringing the family, friends then get them in on the riding at the Nevis Range, the Red Route will be open along with the XC Witches Trails. There are 3 marked trails these are:
The world champs route graded red and 8.5 km long, 10 Under the Ben loop: graded red and 10 miles long, The Broomstick Blue: graded blue and apprx 6km long. There is a map which can be purchased for £1 from bike shops and Nevis Range. You can start either at the Northface Carpark or at Nevis Range Carpark. In the forest there are also many other trails, some marked with Forestry ‘Witches Trail’ marker posts, while others are more hidden but worth looking for. Take care though, many are steep, slippery and technical. Access to the Forest is either from Nevis Range, Torlundy North Face climbers car park or the road into Leanachan opposite the Highbridge road end.
Morrisons – Town Centre Pass this on way to Nevis Range, take 1st exit at roundabout at the end of the dual carriageway. This shop does have a Café which opens for Breakfast at 8am, 9am on Sunday.
Various along route to the Nevis Range, BP and the Esso are both 24hrs however the Morrison’s Petrol Station is always the cheaper for fuels and gas.