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Endurance Downhill in Fort William is possibly the hardest mountainbike race in the UK, it’s gonna be 6 hours of racing from 3pm until 9 at night on the Fort William World Cup track.
In a word…brutal.

There are still places left for this years event which takes place on August 1st 2009, enter the hardest race in the UK now at No Fuss Event

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Fort William Endurance Downhill 2008.

The Fort William Downhill Endurance will be staged on the internationally renowned downhill track at Nevis Range near Fort William – home to the 2007 Mountain Bike World Championships – on Saturday the 1st of August 2009.

As one of the longest and most physically demanding courses on the international mountain bike race circuit, riders of this gruelling event will need physical strength, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an unerring eye for the right line as they speed down the 2.82km track. They will also need huge amounts of stamina in order to ride the track as many times as possible in six hours!

The Nevis Range Downhill course is a full-on, flat-out, no-compromise charge down the face of Aonach Mor, the 9th highest mountain in the UK. A succession of big jumps and bumps, berms, drop-offs, rock slabs and technical natural sections provide plenty of challenges for the riders, all the way from the top gondola station (at 655m) to the magnificent finish section above the Nevis Range car park.

Frazer Coupland, from No Fuss Events, said: “The Fort William Downhill Endurance is a totally unique event to the UK and it has already captured the imagination of some of the key players in the downhill community. 2008 saw the winning rider jam in 18 runs of the course. It is a fresh, new and different event, whilst challenging enough to be completely in keeping with the gnarly hardcore scene normally associated with downhill riders. This is a fantastic event for spectators too. With great access onto the course from both the top gondola station and the Nevis Range Car Park, excellent spectator viewing points the length of the course, and a restaurant and a café, friends, family and hard core downhill fans will be able to soak up the adrenaline fuelled atmosphere in style, whilst cheering on the riders as they complete the awesome challenge.”

In normal downhill races riders race individually against the clock, For the Fort William Downhill Endurance riders will use a Le Mans style mass start. After a short run to the event tech area downhill bikes will be collected and ridden uphill to the Nevis Range Gondola’s Tower Nine – about three quarters of the way down from the top. Riders will then race as fast as possible to the bottom where they will catch the gondola to the traditional start of the track at the top station. From here it is simple – as many descents as possible in six hours! Each descent will be timed with the cumulative descent times counting in cases of equal descents.

The Fort William Downhill Endurance will be staged on the internationally renowned downhill track at Nevis Range near Fort William – home to the 2007 Mountain Bike World Championships – on Saturday the 1st of August 2009.

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