The Fort Awaits its Biggest Battle Yet

Sixty Elite Motorcycle Trials Riders Will Do Battle On the Slopes of Nevis Range, Fort William, As The SPEA FIM Trial World Championship Comes to The Outdoor Capital of The UK – 25 – 27 June 2010

Sixty of the World's most accomplished, composed and skilful motorcycle trials riders from fifteen countries around the globe will descend upon the Nevis Range, Fort William, this weekend (25 – 27 June 2010), for the UK leg of the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. Not since 1992 has Scotland hosted a World Championship round and everything is in place for one of the best Grand Prix events in the competition's thirty-five year history.

With an awesome and hotly contested war of attrition between the World's elite riders for valuable points towards the 2010 World Pro, World Junior and World Youth titles on Saturday and Sunday; a very good chance of British riders on the podium and an exciting programme of events for spectators, all the ingredients are in place for an event not be missed.

Jake Miller from organisers L + M Events, said: “The first Trial World Championship in Scotland since 1992 is shaping up to be a fantastic event. We have a great course with sections that will challenge the very best riders. The natural obstacles at the top gondola station are absolutely incredible and the man made hazards back in the main arena, that include an awesome ten foot leap between boulders, are bound to keep the fans very happy.   Due to the legacy of the long running Scottish six Days Trial, Fort William is recognised as the home of trials, and this weekend World trials will definitely be coming home.”

Spearheading the impressive line-up of British riders going for gold is twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin. The unrelenting and über talented Yorkshireman is motivated not only by a perfect result, but also by the opportunity to record his 100th GP on home soil.   Lampkin said: “The natural sections at Nevis Range really suit my riding style, and in the back of my mind I know that this is a big opportunity for me to secure my 100th GP win. I know the crowd will really be behind me for this one and I will be going all out to reward their long and loyal support. To achieve this landmark victory on home soil would truly be a dream come true.”

Rising GB starlets Jack Challoner (19), who currently sits in second place in the World Junior Championship after recording a double victory at the last Grand Prix in Japan and his team-mate Jack Sheppard (16), who also lies second in the Youth class after bagging a first ever Grand Prix victory in Japan, are both aiming to be back on top but this time in front of a home crowd. However, top international riders competing to put a stop to British glory include twenty-three year old trials maestro Toni Bou (current and three times World Champion) and Adam Raga (2009 world number 2 and two times World Champion), both from Spain, together with Japan's Takahisa Fujinami  (2009 world number 3 and 2004 World Champion).

The action begins on Friday 25 June with a unique and exclusive schedule of events to set the standard for the most spectacular world-class trials riding ever seen on British soil. Official practice and autograph sessions come ahead of displays by Scottish You Tube street trial sensation Danny MacAskill whose amazing stunts are mind blowing.  Spectators will also be entertained by a field of star-studded past masters of trials riding as organisers bring the legendary eighties' TV show Kick Start back for the World Championship.  The original obstacles have been rebuilt, the theme tune has been pulled from the archives, the cobwebs are being blown off man and machine and deep-rooted rivalries have been reignited for this one off Highland fling.

With the British Grand Prix being the last two-day event of the eight event series calendar, the 8,000 fans expected to attend will have the added bonus of watching the World Trial's elite negotiate some seemingly impossible obstacles, both natural and man made, on both Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 June.  Following the action could not be easier at Nevis Range with all sections being close to or in the main event village and the top gondola station.  A big screen in front of the grandstand will show live footage, results and some exclusive pre-recorded material all weekend.   Organisers have also introduced the concept of a rider's 'hot seat' so fans can keep a close eye on the leading riders as the competition for daily podium spots reaches fever pitch towards the end of each day.   

With the permission of local landowners Rio Tinto Alcan, the Nevis Range, with its unrivalled natural trials terrain anywhere in the World, will deliver the highest sections ever to be used at a British Trial Grand Prix. Riders will climb over 1200m to tackle four of the most demanding tests of skill and balance on the course. Spectators will be able to use the UK's only mountain gondola to reach these sections that offer breath-taking views across the Highlands.

Jim Beattie, Highland Estates and UK, Farms Director for Rio Tinto Alcan, said: “As you can imagine with high profile events like the SPEA FIM World Championship, there is a huge amount of hard work and effort that goes on behind the scenes to get everything ready for the thousands of spectators and competitors expected at Fort William. I'd like to thank all of our staff who have pulled together this project, so we can showcase our wonderful scenery to visitors from across the globe.”

Day tickets for 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William, can be purchased on the gate.  For further information and a full schedule of events go to: www.ukworldtrial.com

The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William is supported by EventScotland, Highland and Islands Enterprise and The Highland Council together with Nevis Range, Rio Tinto Alcan, Forestry Commission Scotland, VisitScotland, Red Bull, TMX and Hope.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, the first time that it has been held in Scotland for 18 years.  Fort William has already proved itself as an exceptional venue for world-class events and the World trials, which are expected to attract thousands of spectators to this magnificent part of Scotland, will continue to build on this stellar reputation.”

Convener of The Highland Council Councillor Sandy Park said: “We are delighted that the support from The Highland Council has helped to attract this World Class Trials Championship to Nevis Range and the Outdoor Capital of Fort William which is the only UK leg of the Championship. I wish all the competitors the best of luck and trust that the spectators and supporters will have a truly magical experience and return to the Highlands again.”

Marian Austin, MD of Nevis Range, said: “We're delighted to welcome the Trial World Championship to Nevis Range and the Outdoor Capital of the UK this weekend. Fort William and the Lochaber area are firmly on the map as destinations for world class mountain biking and motorcycle trials competitions.  This is largely possible due to the hard work and fantastic support of locally based organisations and businesses who provide the infrastructure that supports an event such as this.
 
“We're all gearing up for a very exciting event this weekend. We're don't really quite know what to expect, but we're really looking forward to it.”

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Media Contact:
For further press info, event images and interview requests  – Paddy Cuthbert, Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 / E: paddy@podge.co.uk
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Notes to Editor:

On 25, 26 and 27 June 2010, the Nevis Range, Fort William, will stage the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, the thirty-fifth edition of the biggest, the most important and the best motorcycle trial competition series on the international calendar.  It is the first time since 1992 that Scotland has hosted a stage of the World Championship series; that will see seven other Grand Prix events being staged in Spain, Portugal, Japan, France, San Marino, Italy and the Czech Republic in 2010.

As a major focus for both country and rider sixty of the World's best riders from fifteen countries around the globe will descend on the Scottish Highlands for two days of awesome and hotly contested competition for valuable points towards the 2010 World Pro (male only at Fort William), World Junior (male and female) and World Youth (male and female) titles.

Motorcycle trials is unique in the World of motorsport.  It is the only discipline where the winner is decided on skill alone. It is a test of riding skill and balance over observed sections.  When competitors ride the timed sections their feet must remain on the footrests of the motorcycle. They must negotiate steep gullies, slippery rock steps, rocky streams or boulder-streewn gorges.  Sections vary in length and severity, and riders are penalized if they put their feet down to help them ride the section, and more so if they fail to negotiate the section in its entirety.

The sport originated in the UK nearly a century ago and has enjoyed a long association with Fort William and Lochaber – The Outdoor Capital of the UK – as host to the World famous Scottish Six Days Trial that celebrates its centenary in 2011.

Organisers L+M Events have signed a three-year agreement with the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), on an exclusive basis, to deliver a round of the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship both in 2010 and 2012, plus the highly prestigious Trial Des Nations team event in 2011, all at Nevis Range, Fort William in the Outdoor Capital of the UK. It is the first time the inter-countries team competition's history that the Trial Des Nations will be hosted on the UK mainland.

As a venue for the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship the Nevis Range is exceptional.  It is home to unrivalled natural trials terrain anywhere in the World.  It offers both technical and challenging sections to test both man and machine to the full, guaranteeing world class action.  The venue also has a rich motorcycle history as host venue for the World-renowned Scottish Six Day Trial making it a Mecca for trials riders and fans alike. This combined with good local accommodation, extensive local amenities and facilities, excellent site infrastructure and a proven track record of hosting other World status events makes Nevis Range the perfect stage for a winning World Championship event.

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636
Email: paddy@podge.co.uk
Website: http://www.ukworldtrial.com