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Nevis Run

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No. of Reviews: 7

Downhill, v.pedally, with option to make more difficult by ducking off "motorway" at bottom to hit the rocky sections. Technical at top. Very open to weather.
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Latitude
56.850661649827366
Longitude
-5.011653900146484
Trail Directions
Go To Main Car Park, in furthest corner from road entrance, downhill trail enters car park, follow trail to top.
Trail Length
2/3?
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Ft William
   


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Review Date
January 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jesse Wigman , from Drumnadrochit Scotland

Summary:
This is a real technical track. Its really good and has a bit of everything in it. Since the World Cup the track has been improved like more berms added and the bottom is comletely remade with huge jumps. There is also a 4X track at the bottom joining the last jump of the dh track. Both are open all year round but the gondola is only open from around mid May til mid September which is really annoying because you need it to get to the top. The trails are still really good so get over to Fort William now and go and ride!

Recommended Route:
For DH take the gondola up to the top.
For 4X walk to the top.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Off Beat DH track is really good. Try Alvie DH in Aviemore and Innerliethen just below Edinburgh. Try the hill with the mast behind Inverness. All really good. I would like to thank the poeple at Off Beat Bikes for my work experience and there great help! Thanks!



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Review Date
July 17, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Andy , from Glasgow

Summary:
Right. I've ridden the trail 15th July 2001 and can tell you that the gondolas are open from May to September (weather permitting) for bikers.
Note: reasonably skilled riders only. No children!! This trail is amazing. The best downhill in the UK. Certainly the biggest and longest. If you live in Scotland then you have no excuse not to have ridden this trail. It's a punnishing course (especially on a hardtail!) and it really takes it out of your brakes and arms. I reccomend disk brakes as a MUST. The pedally sections have now gone and its downhill all the way. No rest for your arms! You don't need to pedal at all (you're going way fast enough as it is) but if you're good enough then I would say this is one of the fastest downhills in the country.
You don't have excuse. Ride it this weekend. If I can ride it on a hardtail then so can you.
If you're bike's not good enough then you can rent an Orange Patriot for the good people at Off Beat Bikes at the shop at the bottom of the trail.

Recommended Route:
take the gondolas to the top and then crash your way down the hill....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Next best trail in Scotland would be Innerleithan downhill course. But unfortunatly no gondolas to the top.



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Review Date
April 17, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dhjamer , from Benderloch, UK

Summary:
The top section is very rocky with jumps and drops. The next section takes you into the forest with some exellent riding. Then the lower section is fast with one pretty big drop which is a slope at the same time. The last section of the trail is winedy with a jump that leeds onto a slope to finish things off. It is the best trail I have riden. It was so good I am going every weekend when the gondala's open for the bikes. It is good for every one to ride. it is from advanced sections and easy sections. I would defenatley recomend the trail.

Recommended Route:
Start from the top of the track near the gondala's. Just keep on down the DH track.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beinlora is about 45 mins away from Fourt William. Check out the review.



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Review Date
December 10, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ian ezzi , from benderloch

Summary:
I say i've ridden it once, i mean i;ve raced it once at the avalanche cup ,three days of riding.
If you haven't done a downhill this long (6 minutes twenty for me) then you're in for a treat. The course starts about thirty meters from the gondolas, with a superfast but fairly wide and flat bit of track. When you meet up with the race track (the race started in the big divet beside the trail, you can't miss it) it gets thinner, and there are a couple of nasty bus stops(no, really, you might be better off avoiding them, squirrely entrances and exits) before the track livens up, you're faced with a tight corner, a rock garden with a big rocky drop off on to another tight corner, followed in quick succesion by another drop/tight corner combination. After this it's a case of holding on through all the braking bumps, an easy corner, then some muddy slabs, which kick ass. There's another of those squirelly bus stops, followed by another tightish corner with a steep very lumpy section leading onto a bridge, then more slabs, then more brake bumps, another big drop, another slabby section ( i may be remembering one too many slab sections) by this stage you are leaving the open hilllside and getting into the foresty bits, where it gets thinner (and i love it) There's a series of fairly steep rocky switchbacks (pinch punctures!) then a really cool sorta hub deep steep gully section which leads onto another drop. Now you get a breather as you have to cross a wide flat firetrack section before blasting into some rooty rocky single track, peppered with drops and corners. This made up the body of the old downhill course, so you know it kicks ass.
Here my race expereince fails me. At the race we broke on to a section affectionately known as the motorway, a wide, flat straight sprint along some firetrack, then a quick diversion over some braking bumps and a big drop, more motorway which weaves in and out of rocky single track, then you're at the bottom.
However, at the race we could see the beginnings of some track which would cut out all the easy pedally bit at the bottom, although i won't get to see that until the next race there, in may i think.

Recommended Route:
take gondolas to top, then point down

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you're up for a forty minute drive south, there's beinn lora forest in benderloch, with some of the most techinical, steep riding i've seen ( i would know, i live at the bottom) I've been building more on to it, and a big ass forestry tractor has opened up some magic, if muddy, single track at the top.



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Review Date
September 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Duncan Neish , from Glasgow, UK

Summary:
Check out the Off Beat Bikes website: ttp://www.offbeatbikes.co.uk, or ask them. The DH course is pretty easy to find using the Ski Centre leaflet, even when the gondolas aren't taking bikes.

Recommended Route:
The gondolas are only open to the MTB punters for two weeks this year (and you've probably missed them). They re-open for MTB-ers in May 2001. This means that the top (new) part of the DH course is now closed but will be improved over the next few months (A Good Thing). The older, lower part of the course is still open to those willing to climb the forest roads, though, so I was glad of having an XC hardtail after all. The lower part of the course is the better part at the moment anyway.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is some great singletrack in the surrounding Leanachan Forest, some of which has been used for XC races, some is new and virtually unridden.



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