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Fort William mountain bike weekend recognised by UCI

Fort William World Cup Image copyright Charne Hawkes
Image caption The event's competitions are held on a course at Nevis Range, near Fort William

This year's Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and Buff 4X Pro Tour weekend has been named the best downhill event in the world in 2016.

The accolade was awarded by cycling's international governing body, the UCI.

The Scottish event was held in June and drew a crowd of almost 20,000 people.

The competition forms the third stage of the UCI World Cup Downhill championships and was first held 14 years ago.

Image copyright Graham Lloyd
Image caption Rachel Atherton, middle, celebrating her win at Nevis Range

The competitions are held on a course at Nevis Range, near Fort William.

This year, British downhill rider Rachel Atherton won the women's final for the ninth consecutive time.

Salisbury-born Atherton finished 12 seconds ahead of second-placed Tracey Hannah, from Australia.

Manon Carpenter, from Caerphilly, South Wales, recovered from a crash to finish third.

South African Greg Minaar won the men's final. The USA's Aaron Gwin was second and Danny Hart, from Redcar, third.

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