Highlands & Islands

Lochaber to host SPEA FIM Trial World Championship

Dougie Lampkin. Pic: ukworldtrial.com
Image caption Trials entrants must tackle rocky streams and boulder-strewn gorges

The UK leg of an international motorcycle competition will be held in Lochaber at the end of this month.

The event forms a round of the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship and will take place on a course at Nevis Range, near Fort William.

The winner is decided on skill and the course includes rocky streams and boulder-strewn gorges.

Last year was the first time the trials had been held in Scotland since 1992. It will take place on 30 and 31 July.

Lochaber has already this year hosted the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT), which is believed to be the world's oldest motorcycle trials.

Organised by Edinburgh and District Motor Club, the competition was contested by almost 300 entrants.

The area also hosts a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

Earlier this year, the UCI confirmed the competition would continue to be held at Nevis Range at least until 2013.

Three hundred riders took part this year on a course which was upgraded at a cost of £100,000.

The organisers said the event contributed £2.5m to the local economy.

The two-day event draws about 20,000 spectators.

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