Welcome to the No Fuss Ultimate MTB challenge for endurance athletes and people with a sense of adventure. Back again to great acclaim, The Tour is the race that takes mountain biking back to the mountains!
Once described as "The thinking mans (or womans) mountain bike race where all round fitness, strenghth, power, skill, determination are all bound together with a little bit of strategy and tactics."
The event is about circumnavigating Ben Nevis starting from Fort William the Outdoor Capital of the UK. It is a 68km journey of discovery about our wonderful environment, about yourself and for some, we have no doubt, about your bike. It is a stage race where the aim is to gather points throughout the course and, for those at the front, it can be a very tactical race!
It is an opportunity to ride through some of the most rugged and isolated areas that the Scottish Highlands have to offer. The course is undulating and varied with river and stream crossings, climbs and long descents. This is a tough and technical bike ride, determination and a love of riding your bike are required!
This is one of the country’s longest point to point events. The course has been described as MTB Endurance and a Mountain Marathon race all rolled into one. It is tough; but it is achievable.
However, we stress this is more of an event than a race. Those that are super fit and want to race hard will not be disappointed and the 4 special timed sections will spice it up a bit and really bring out the competitors from within. Those who see this as a major personal challenge will be able to pace themselves and enjoy the adventure and wilderness of this remote area.
The course will not be littered with signage and support people, it will be left as untouched as possible to allow you to enjoy this environment in its natural state. With this comes some personal responsibility, which is a big part of the event ethos. We are taking the bubblewrapping away and letting you take on this event knowing that you will need motivation and tenacity to get to the finish line.
Check out 2010's official event film.
Nevis Range Torlundy, Fort William, Inverness shire, Scotland, PH33 6PG
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