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4X World Series for Fort William mountain bike weekend

4X at Fort William World Cup. Pic: Paul Campbell
Image caption Four riders compete over a short course in 4X

Nevis Range in Lochaber is to host a round of the 4X World Series during a weekend of international mountain bike competitions in June 2012.

The world series event will fill a gap in the weekend's programme caused by the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup withdrawing its own 4X contest.

Four riders race against each other in a short race over jumps and obstacles in the event.

In recent years it has drawn large crowds to Nevis Range.

The Fort William World Cup will be held on 9 and 10 June.

Cup organisers, the UCI, said in September that preparing tracks for 4X was too expensive.

The organisation also said the event had an negative impact on the environment.

Leogang, in Austria, will host the only round of the world cup series to feature 4X next year, the UCI said.

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