Pilgrimage to the Home of the Brave - Hannah Myers

May 31, 2018

Here we are on the M6, dog at my feet and husband to my right. Blasting some tunes I’ve never heard before over the gusts coming from the open window since we don’t have any air-conditioning. Three days of packing the van with easy-up gazebo, stock, bikes, clothing for every weather possibility and about a gazillion coat hangers, and we’re actually en-route to my favourite weekend of the year, Fort William World Cup, “Home of the Brave”.

 

We’re driving up in our big red camper van, which has taken us on countless adventures all around the UK and in Europe, but it definitely feels most at home heading North. Fort William World Cup weekend is a special beast, when 25,000 mountain bikers descend on the small town in the highlands. There’s a buzzing atmosphere, everywhere you look there’s someone you recognise and if you keep a keen eye out you’ll be sure to spot your favourite MTB heroes wandering through the crowds.

 

Here are my tips for surviving, and getting the most out of, the best weekend on the mountain bike calendar:

 

  1. Embrace the weather as it happens

 

The operative words here being as it happens. Don’t check the forecast, but pack for any eventuality - rain? wind? hail? tropical heat? Check.

 

2. Expand the term “weather” to include “midges”

 

Oh, you’ve been treated to blistering heat? Don’t relax, here’s an infestation of winged creatures to keep you on your toes. Their proper title is “the highland biting midge”. Three guesses as to what it does.

 

3. Bring cash

 

The expo village at the Nevis Range is second-to-none, with all sorts of brands flogging their wares for you to treat yourself to as a memento from the weekend. Roomer has it this year there’s wifi, but still, bring more cash than just for your lunch

 

4. Enjoy the journey

 

The drive from down South takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country, don’t rush through, and try to peel your eyes away from your phone while going through Glen Coe. Maybe stop and go for a dip in Loch Lomond?

 

5. Come and say hi

 

We’ll be there from Friday (setting up) so drop by and check out the 2018 kit - who knows, we might have some cheeky wee deals going on too!

 

Hannah Myers



Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm
 

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm
 

Men's Tops

Size Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm


Men's Shorts

Size Size  Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" X-Small 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" Small 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm