Fort William to Host the 2023 Downhill World Champs

May 22, 2022 at 1:45
by Ed Spratt  
Danny Hart is always a threat to the podium in Fort William.

As part of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland, Fort William will be the venue for the downhill World Champs next August.

The classic World Cup venue is the eighth location to be announced as part of the first combined Cycling World Championships. For the first time 13 cycling World Championships will be brought together for an 11-day long event with events being hosted across Scotland. The events will take place from 3 to 13 of August with most taking place in Glasgow and select disciplines having venues in other parts of Scotland.

bigquotesI’m incredibly excited that Fort William will host Mountain Bike Downhill as part of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and for the chance to compete for a rainbow jersey in front of my home crowd. Nevis Range is one of the best and most challenging trails that we compete on anywhere in the world and will provide an amazing backdrop in 2023. Obviously I wasn’t competing when the UCI World Championships were held here in 2007 but for it to come back as part of the first ever combined UCI Cycling World Championships is really special. Reece Wilson

bigquotesThe crowd is a huge part of what makes it so special here. I’ve never heard anything so loud and it’s a feeling I just can’t explain. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, the Fort William crowd will cheer for you and that’s why this will be an amazing venue for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and I can’t wait to see it here. Mikayla Parton

bigquotesI’m delighted that we are able to announce that Fort William will host the Mountain Bike Downhill as part of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. This will be a truly pan-Scotland Championships, utilising the very best venues across the country and for Mountain Bike Downhill they don’t come any better than Nevis Range. I know the local community will welcome the Championships with open arms as we look to deliver something truly unique in 2023 that the whole of Scotland can be proud of. Trudy Lindblade, CEO of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

bigquotesThe Highland Council is delighted that Fort William will host the Mountain Bike Downhill Competition of the UCI Cycling World Championships in August 2023. Many thousands of people across the Highlands and indeed Scotland are cycling enthusiasts and the opportunity to host elite athletes and the positive social impact it offers Lochaber is welcomed. Fort William - Nevis Range has an excellent track record for hosting events, coupled with the majestic backdrop of Ben Nevis it makes it a spectacular place for world class mountain biking. We look forward to supporting the UCI Cycling World Championships 2023 and welcoming participants and spectators to the Scottish Highlands for what will be a fun filled and memorable event. Malcolm MacLeod , Executive Chief Officer for Infrastructure, Environment and Economy at The Highland Council

The World Champs next year will be the second time Fort William has hosted the event with Sam Hill and Sabrina Jonnier winning the last time it headed to Scotland in 2007.


  • 78 1
 Greg Minnaar world champ in 2023
  • 6 0
 Another year! hell yeah!
  • 6 0
 So, 2021, 2022 and 2023?
  • 24 5
 more like Amaury Pierron...
  • 10 0
 I think you mean Greg McNnaar for World champ...
  • 9 0
 @bigtim: you've gotta be kilting me
  • 26 1
 There are not enough tracks in the world to do the world champs in a special track outside of the world cup circuit? Even as a viewer I understand what Sam Hill meant when he said he doesn't enjoy riding the same tracks every year over and over again.
  • 15 1
 For sure. This is getting boring...
  • 4 0
 The World Champs will be in Glasgow, so the closest venue able to host a DH world championship is Fort William. Would be awesome if they could prepare an alternative venue.....but that's not gonna happen. What that means is that Fort William won't be a World Cup venue in 2023, I'd assume....
  • 2 0
 Venues need to organize. And that’s very expensive
  • 1 0
 @audeo03: You should try attending one of the events. Never gets boring actually being there.
  • 1 0
 @audeo03: Especially Leogang
  • 22 1
 Congrats to Greg Minnaar on winning his 5th world championship!
  • 17 2
 They Need Security At Pits !
  • 9 0
 Or more people sleeping in them in vans. Arm the privateers.
  • 2 0
 @coney: then just have this at a track in the US
  • 8 0
 Cathro’s chance. Noodle Arms 2023!
  • 7 1
 Nice! Fort Williams is sick.
  • 12 0
 Races in the Scottish Highlands are not to be mist!
  • 2 0
 I think Glasgow is the official location for the 2023 cycling world champs for all disciplines. Wonder if XCO will be in Fort William of another location closer to Glasgow. Think they had the Commonwealth Games XCO just outside the city but I don’t know if they’d split them up.
  • 1 0
 Cathkin Braes in Glasgow had the Commonwealths, rumours of Glentress in the borders getting something but could be marathon not xco.
  • 5 1
 @steveh951: Make the marathon The West Highland Way. Start in Glasgow, end in Fort William!
  • 6 0
 Sounds like great news for Amaury.
  • 5 0
 They better start working on the park and ride now..... I'm not sure if the back of the queue is still waiting to get in!
  • 2 0
 Never seen it like that before. Queues were awful yesterday.
  • 7 3
 Yawn. FFS let's have some new courses.
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 Wondering if XCM will also be held in Fort William. I guess that's not decided yet. I'm hoping to maybe compete there - at then 44 years. DH and XCO are simply impossible.. so Marathon it is. Keep dreaming and never give up!
  • 3 0
 Is this news, I thought this was known about months ago
  • 7 10
 Totally obvious choice confirmed at last, perhaps?
Would love to see a new WC standard track built in Scotland, difficult to get excited about races at Fort Bill now.
  • 4 1
 @chakaping: i'm ok whith you.....some parts are goods but seeing those pedal strokes all the last minute of the course is akwark....
  • 3 0
 Now the whole world gets a chance to watch the "motorway".
  • 3 0
 Kade will get a bonus from UCI for promotional riding style.
  • 1 0
 @squarewheel: "Visit Scotland" will quietly sabotage his chain for the pictures
  • 3 0
 I'm wondering what Bruni has to say Wink
  • 1 0
 Is this really a surprise? Where else could host the DH Worlds?? And at what cost? Fort William is already in use, and very little needs doing to it.
  • 1 0
 Interesting the dates directly conflict with the normal Crankworx Whistler event dates. Wonder if that was intentional and if Crankworx will adjust their schedule now.
  • 2 0
 Will we see it? We will discovery…
  • 2 1
 Can't wait for @Not2023UCICyclingWorldChampsCEO to provide us with all the insights about the planning of this great event.
  • 4 3
 Hopefully this incentivises them to make their blue DH trail actually good, because it is currently pish.
  • 2 0
 Would be nice to see a new track at Fort Bill-or at least 75% new track.
  • 1 0
 Always a good race at the Fort.
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 2023 Fort William WC and Vegas F1 mega road trip - just need to save some $$$
  • 3 1
 why why why
  • 1 0
 @SachaStar the goal is set.... lots of work to do
  • 1 0
 looks like next years family holiday location has been decided Big Grin
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