Fort William to Host 2023 Downhill World Championships

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Precise dates for each event are yet to be revealed, but the Nevis Range at Fort William will be hosting the Downhill element of the World Championships in 2023, some time between 3rd and 13th August.

The official release from the UCI states:

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the organisers of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships today revealed that the event’s mountain bike downhill competitions will take place at Nevis Range in Fort William.

The iconic venue is the eighth location to be announced as a host of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland from 3 to 13 August 2023. It is the third venue announced outside Glasgow, after Dumfries & Galloway for the para-cycling road competitions and Stirling for the road time trials.

Located in the Scottish Highlands, Fort William has a long history of welcoming elite competition, having hosted the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships as well as rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup annually since 2002. Today’s announcement was made during the fifth round of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup taking place in Fort William.

Additional venues and locations for the different UCI World Championships included in the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months.

UCI

Will the World Championships use the same track as the traditional World Cup course? Will Fort William also host a round of the World Cup? And where will the XC World Championships be held? We’ll be poised with fingers hovering over accommodation bookings. August in Scotland, it’s always sunny, right?

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  • Fort William to Host 2023 Downhill World Championships
  • Premier Icon esselgruntfuttock
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    Hope it’s not the last weekend in April or the 1st one in May.
    It’s usually later that those anyway.

    Premier Icon mashr
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    Hope it’s not the last weekend in April or the 1st one in May.
    It’s usually later that those anyway.

    It’s part of the World Champs for all cycling disciplines – think more September

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    It looked ace, apart from sitting at home in shorts and seeing everyone there in coats and hats!

    Premier Icon malv173
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    It was a strange one, weather-wise. A little of most weather, but happily not particularly cold.

    It was ace though.

    Think it may be interesting to see how hard it will be to get accommodation for this, given that the will be more competitors.

    Premier Icon steveh
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    Not shocking news, the Glasgow/Scotland champs was announced a good while ago and it’s not like dh was going to be anywhere else!

    Premier Icon daviek
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    saw a small video on it earlier today and they look to be shortening the track :/

    Premier Icon Convert
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    Must be living in a cave – the whole world champs coming to Scotland had completely passed me by. Happy days!

    I’m not sure it would be the DH I’d be heading to watch mind.

    Premier Icon robertajobb
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    I got to the last World Champs at Fort Bill. I still recall a fantastic weekend (actually extra long weekend so a few mates and I got some riding in on the Fri and Sat en route in t’Yorkshire, then Dumfries on the way up, and in the Lakes on the way back down on the Monday. Amd obvs the actual DH racing onnthe Sunday.

    Premier Icon neilupnorth
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    XC is going to be at GT 😉

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Where’s the bridleway/gravel ride for this lot to watch ?

    Premier Icon voodoo
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    If it’s in August then the crowds at fort bill will be eaten alive by midges. I hope they change it to September. I might give it a go though.

    Premier Icon Ben
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    XC is going to be at GT 😉

    Would be good but I suspect they’ll keep it at Cathkin Braes as per the original plan.

    Premier Icon crab
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    Good news for Scotland and I’m sure it’ll be ace but a part of me wishes they’d resurrect the Champery course once again. Loved that super steep insanity of a track.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Not exactly a surprise, since we knew it was gonna be somewhere in Scotland anyway.

    And I think I’m getting Fort Bill fatigue now. The racing’s just a bit dull, even with the current crop of amazing riders IMO.

    Imagine if a WC standard track was built in the Tweed Valley instead? How exciting would that be?

    Premier Icon lovewookie
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    Would be good but I suspect they’ll keep it at Cathkin Braes as per the original plan.

    just confirmed, XCO and XC marathon at glentress.

    https://www.instagram.com/uci_cyclingworlds/

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Excited to see Pidcock & MVDP pinning it down Spooky Woods.

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