Results are HERE  Well done to all who took part!!

Welcome to the No Fuss Event’s ultimate MTB challenge for endurance athletes and people with a sense of adventure.  The Tour de Ben Nevis is the race that brings mountain biking back to the mountains!

The event is about circumnavigating Ben Nevis starting from Fort William the Outdoor Capital of the UK. It is a tough 72km journey of discovery about our wonderful environment, about yourself and for some, we have no doubt, about your bike. It is a stage race where the aim is to gather points throughout the course and for those at the front it can be a very tactical race!

It is an opportunity to ride through some of the most rugged and isolated areas that the Scottish Highlands have to offer. The course is undulating and varied with river and stream crossings, technical climbs, long descents and a soul searching hike-a-bike.

This is one of the country’s longest point to point events. The course has been described as MTB Endurance and a Mountain Marathon race all rolled into one. It is tough; but it is achievable.

However, we stress this is more of an event than a race. Those that are super fit and want to race hard will not be disappointed and the 4 special timed sections will spice it up a bit and really bring out the competitors from within. Those who see this as a major personal challenge will be able to pace themselves and enjoy the adventure and wilderness of this remote area.

The course will not be littered with signage and support people, it will be left as untouched as possible to allow you to enjoy this environment in its natural state. With this comes some personal responsibility, which is a big part of the event ethos. We are taking the bubblewrapping away and letting you take on this event knowing that you will need motivation and tenacity to get to the finish line.

Massage and sore musce treatment

We will have our trusted massage therapists , Graham and Chloe, on hand from 2.30pm giving your legs a good rub down before that lactic acid really settle in!  Their services are highly recommended and a bargain at £7 for 15minutes.

Registration

Registration will be held on Friday the 19th September at Cotswold Outdoor shop on Fort William High Street from 17.30 until 21.00.  If you cannot make it to that, we will be doing registration on Saturday morning before the race.  This will be from 8am until 9.30am - this is a strict cut off time to ensure we get everyone set up and 'dibbed in' for a prompt race start at 10am.

At the registration you will receive:

• Race briefing, safety information and the latest course changes / information. This will include the special stage information.

• Your personal race number plate and zip ties to attach your number to your bike. The number must be attached securely to the front of your bike for the entire event. Do not alter or cut the number plate in any way.

• Timing chip – timing chips MUST be returned after the race.  Please don’t forget as that little piece of plastic is very expensive to replace -there will be a £20 charge if the timing chip is not returned.

Location

 

Fort William is located on the A82 approximately 100 miles north of Glasgow.

 

From the South

As you enter Fort William from the South, the West End car park is left off the first roundabout.  Cotswolds is just a short walk along the High Street.

 

From the North

Continue on the A82 and along the town bypass to the West End roundabout.  Take a right into the West End car park.  Cotswolds is just a short walk along the High Street.

 

 

Parking         

On Saturday morning, in the first instance please leave your car at your hotel/accommodation if possible (1 more kilometre won’t hurt, at least not in the morning!)  Or if you have to drive, please DO NOT park at the Nevis Centre ; likewise competitors are encouraged NOT  to park in Morrison’s Car Park for the duration of the event. 

 

 

Facilities/Accommodation

This event takes place in one of the most scenic areas of Scotland and Fort William will hopefully provide you with everything and more that you will need for your stay.

 

If we can assist please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Safety and First Aid

First aid will be provided out on the course.  Event Medical Services will be providing cover at the transition and will have trained First aiders out on the bike course.

Info

Read Carefully:

Non-compliance with any of the Race Rules will result in disqualification of the competitor from this event.

1. Approved cycle helmets must be worn at all times.

2. Road rules apply at all times, on all private or public roads during this event.

3. Riders must not ride more than two abreast on any Highway.

4. Riders must ride in single file if impending vehicle traffic behind you.

5. Competitors must keep as far left as possible at all times, on all roads and tracks to ensure sufficient and safe passing.

6. Competitors must not deviate from the obvious track or attempt to take shortcuts. Drafting is permitted.

7. Any competitor withdrawing from the race must inform a Race Marshal at the first possible opportunity after the decision to withdraw is made.

8. Competitors must know how to fix basic mechanical breakdowns (i.e. chain break and repair of flat tyres).

9. You are not permitted to alter or cut the event number plate in any way.

10. Event officials reserve the right to remove any competitor if they consider they are not capable of safely completing the event.

11. Please DO NOT leave any rubbish along the route. All food wrappers drink bottles, tubes etc must be carried to the finish line and not discarded anywhere along the route, except at the Aid Stations. If you can take it out of your pocket, you can put it back in!

12. Anyone seen discarding rubbish will be disqualified and will not receive a time or position as applicable (take memories or photos but leave tyre marks only).

13. Participants must avoid livestock if possible and all gates must be left as they are found.

14. No outside assistance is allowed by support crews to any competitor and no supporters will be allowed to follow riders on the course.

15. Competitors must read the pre-race course briefing notes supplied at registration.

16. Competitors must obey instructions from Marshals at all times. They are there for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

17. You are not allowed to swap bikes. You must finish on the bike you start on, unless you have had a major breakdown and use a rescue bike from the ‘tail end Charlie’ vehicle.

18. To receive a position you must complete the entire course under you own steam.

19. Compulsory gear as per the list below must be carried or will result in disqualification.

20. Entries are not transferable. We need to know who is on the course and what medical conditions you may have so we can deliver the appropriate response in the event of an accident.

 

Compulsory Gear

• Helmet

• Spare inner tube or a puncture repair kit

• Tyre leavers

• Pump

• Multi tool

• Chain breaker (learn how to use it please)

• Poly prop / Thermal layer top and bottoms

• Serious waterproof jacket

• Basic First Aid kit (gauze squares, tape, an elastic crepe bandage, sunscreen (weather permitting). 

• Whistle - in case you go over a bank, break a leg and no one can see you.

• Survival blanket in case you are there for some time whistling.

• At least one water bottle and sufficient food to meet your personal individual energy needs for 5-10 hours of riding. There are 2 food stations, but you must not wholly rely upon these. Take what you normally would on a ride of this length.

NOTE: Please comply with the gear requirements. We take your personal safety seriously and do not want to inconvenience you with gear and bike checks to ensure you have complied with the race rules. Help us to help you.

Recommended Gear - For cold weather

•Poly prop / Thermal beanie

•Full finger gloves

•Shoe covers

Personal Checks

To enjoy this event you need to be able to keep moving for about 5-10 hours.

The fastest time is expected to be around 4 Hours and up to 8 for those ones trying to get the most value from their entry fee.

You don’t want to carry too much gear, so consider carefully the clothing you need and your food requirements. The weather can change quickly from extremely hot to snowing in a matter of hours, so study the weather forecasts and plan for the worst case scenario from that.

The water in the river crossings will also be drinkable.

Food & Drink Recommended for All Riders Drink:

There are numerous stream crossings that contain safe water.

Food: Please carry and consume enough to get you through the event.

Race Timings

Race start 10am.

For safety reasons we are obliged to enforce cut off times for this event.

If you have not reached the top of the Mamore Descent (top of Stage 1) by 1230 you will be short coursed along the Landrover track to Mamore Lodge to continue with the event.

If you are not at the top of the Mamore Descent by 1330 you will told to return by the way you came.

If you haven’t reached the Spean Bridge end of the event by 1700 we will ask you to return with us in an event vehicle.

If you pass these points before the cut of time we will wait for you to finish, so long as you are making every effort to keep moving.

Route Markings / Hazards

There are numerous unmarked hazards on this course, as there should be with a wilderness adventure of this nature. Potholes, rocks, livestock, rutted tracks, steep descents, banks etc are all part of what is required to be negotiated by the competitor. Any hazards outside of those expected will be identified and marked accordingly to ensure your safety.

The Course Coordinator does not anticipate any such hazards requiring identification.

The course will not be marked with directional arrows except at critical junctions. The tracks do not lend themselves to taking the wrong path but where there is major deviation from the track you are on, it will be marked accordingly.

Event Safety Information

When you are in this environment YOU are the person primarily responsible for your own safety. We will try to limit the event infrastructure so that it will not be too noticeable during this event so you can enjoy the course with minimal interference. Please DO NOT drop litter.

You will be a long way from home so you need to ensure that you:

• Carry the compulsory gear as per the race rules

• Ensure you have a well maintained bike

• Have trained sufficiently to ride the distance and stay focused on the hazards and your own needs for food and water.

• Ensure you complete, on the entry form, any specific medical condition you have that may affect your well-being and or treatment.

• If you come across an accident, you must stop and give all reasonable care that you can, while sending someone forward (not back) to the nearest Marshal for help.

• The marshal will call in the situation to the Event Safety Manager so that we can get expert help on the scene as soon as possible.

• We will have first aid trained Marshals situated throughout the course, in the tail-end- Charlie vehicle and at the finish line.

Cancellation / Refunds

Cancellation and course alteration In case of event cancellation visit our web site. www.nofussevents.co.uk

The alternate event day is the Sunday following the official race day. An alternate course may be put in place by the Course Director in case of extreme weather and this will involve a to, and from course.

The entry fee is non-refundable, in certain circumstances we will be happy to transfer the entry to another event within one year.

Course

Who's Coming

This is a list of entries for this event. If you think you should be here and you are not then let us know.

Rules

Please retain these terms and conditions for future reference.
Definitions: “Conditions” means these terms and conditions of entry for the Event. “Entry Form” means the website pages which must be completed in order to participate in the Event. “Event” means the event named on the Entry Form. “Event Organiser” means No Fuss Events, a company registered in Scotland. “Fee” means the price of entry into the Event as set out in the Entry Form. “Participant” means the person named on the Entry Form who will be participating in the Event.
Acceptance of Conditions: These Conditions shall apply in place of and prevail over any terms or conditions (whether or not in conflict or inconsistent with these Conditions) contained or referred to in any documentation submitted by the Participant or in correspondence or elsewhere or implied by trade custom, practice or course of dealing. A variation of these Conditions is only valid if the Event Organiser (No Fuss) gives notice to the Participant in writing in any official Event material or correspondence prior to the Event (including via email), The Participant shall be deemed to have accepted these Conditions upon completion of the Entry Form.

 

FOR REFUND INFORMATION PLEASE SEE SECTION 3.

                                                                                                     
1. Participation

1.1 The Participant acknowledges that participation in the Event is physically strenuous and is aware of the nature of the Event and associated medical and physical risks involved. 
1.2 The Participant agrees that he/she is physically capable of competing in the Event and agrees to be solely responsible for his/her actions and the Event Organiser, its officers, employees, agents, affiliates, associated companies, sponsors or medical advisers are not responsible for any injury or illness that the Participant may suffer as a result of his/her participation in the Event. The Participant accepts that should any medical or physical condition arise prior to the Event which is likely to affect his/her ability to participate, the Participant will withdraw in accordance with these Conditions. 
1.3 The Participant agrees to abide by all applicable event rules and regulation. The Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the Fees if he or she is disqualified from the Event as a result of an infringement of these Conditions or any such rules and regulations. The Event Organiser is also entitled to impose Event rules upon the Participant from time to time which will form part of these Conditions. The relevant rules and regulations may be obtained from the NO Fuss website www.nofussevents.co.uk under event specific rules.
1.4 The Participant must present for registration process at the times and on the day as instructed in the Event Information which will be issued by the Event Organiser before the Event.
1.5 It is the Participant’s responsibility to provide and use necessary equipment which complies with rules and event regulations. 
1.6 The Event Organiser may introduce cut off times as they see fit as part of the Event rules, being limits on the time taken to complete sections of the Event (as initiated by the Event Organiser at its discretion) to ensure the safe and proper running of the Event. Subsequently, participants may be instructed to withdraw from the event in accordance with imposed cut off times. 
1.7 The Event Organiser reserves the right at any time to remove Participants from the Event or prevent Participants participating in the Event if in the Event Organiser’s sole discretion, it considers such action necessary for safety reasons or the proper enjoyment of the Event by other Participants or for any other reasonable reason. No refund of the Fee shall be made if the Participant has acted negligently, maliciously, with wilful misconduct or otherwise without due care and attention for the Event or other participants, so as to cause his/her removal.
1.8 While the Event Organiser takes every care with the staging of the Event, the Participant acknowledges that personal accident and personal items insurance is his or her sole responsibility. 
1.9 The minimum age of entry for events is 16 years old at the 31st December of the Event year. Participants who are under 16 years old on the 31st December of the Event year may race in specific events if identified in the events specific rules. 
1.10 All decisions and rulings by the Event Organiser, its employees and its agents are considered final. Accordingly, the Participant will comply with all Event rules and all instructions and guidelines given by stewards, marshals, and safety personnel. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Event Organiser will organise and run the Event and will have sole authority and be the final arbiter on all decisions relating to the safety, running and organisation of the Event, the rules of the Event, the timings/finish times and the placing. 
1.11 These Conditions are personal to the Participant and it may not assign any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Event Organiser. The Participant represents and warrants that the Entry is purchased for personal use only, that it cannot be donated free of charge or otherwise given away for free, and that it is not purchased as part of any form of business or commercial activity (save as expressly authorised by the Event Organiser), and in particular, that the Entry may not be resold or offered for resale by anyone whether at a premium or otherwise and may not be used for advertising, promotion use as a prize (including in competitions and sweepstakes), travel packages, or for any other trade purposes. Donation, give away, resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure or cancellation without refund or other compensation. 
1.12 The Participant acknowledges and accepts that circumstances concerning an Event may change from time to time for reasons out of the Event Organiser’s reasonable control or otherwise, without the Event Organiser incurring any liability and without any rights to withdrawal being accrued by the Participant other than set out in clause 4 below. By way of example, and for illustration purposes only, car parking arrangements and issues with hotels, may arise/change but such changes/issues will not allow the Participant to withdraw and nor will the Event Organiser be deemed liable except as otherwise set out herein.
2. Bookings and Payments

2.1 In consideration for being granted the right to participate, the Participant must pay the Fee by no later than the closing date set out on the Entry Form. 
2.2 The Participant shall either (a) complete the Entry Form online and submit it together with payment of the Fee online in accordance with the Event Organisers’ website or (b) complete the Entry Form by hand and fill in the appropriate card details and send it by post.

2.3 The Participant shall not be eligible or entitled to participate in the Event until full payment of the Fee has been received by the Event Organiser. No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Event Organiser has received cleared funds.
3. Withdrawal, Cancellations or Alterations

3.1 The Event Organiser operates a 7 day cooling off period. Accordingly, the Participant is entitled to cancel his/her application to participate provided the Event Organiser receives written notice of cancellation within 7 days of payment of the Fee (payment being deemed made for the purposes of this clause 3.1 by clicking on the make payment link on the Protx Secure Payment webpage or receipt of the Entry Form sent by post in accordance with clause 2.1 above). During this 7 day period the Participant is able to cancel its entry and receive a full refund of the Fee by emailing [email protected] or writing to Event Organiser, No Fuss Towers, 20 Hillview Crescent, Corpach, PH33 7LS. The notice must be received before the end of the 7 day cooling off period. 
3.2 REFUNDS

3.2.1 If the event is cancelled due to circumstances out of the organisers control then no refunds will be offered. This includes situations such as adverse weather conditions or major incidents.

3.2.2 If the event is cancelled due to circumstances within the organisers control then entrants will be offered a 50% refund. Entrants must apply in writing (via email) to claim their refund. No refunds will be granted after one month has passed from the event date.

3.2.3 Entrants wishing to withdraw must inform the organiser by email. Entry fees will be refunded as follows; more than two months before 75% refund (less any Protx Secure Payment fees), more than one month before 50% refund (less any Protx Secure Payment fees). Less than one month - no refund.

3.2.4 Entries are not transferable.

3.3 In the event the Event Organiser withdraws the offer of a place to the Participant in the Event for any reason at any time it will provide the Participant with a full refund of the Fee, with no further liability whatsoever arising from such withdrawal. Notwithstanding this clause 3.7 no refund shall be made where otherwise set out herein (including for the avoidance of doubt clauses 1.3, 1.8). 
3.4 The withdrawal policy set out in this clause 3 does not apply to Charity Pledge Place Participants whose places are the property of the charity.
4. Event Organiser Responsibilities/Liability

4.1 Notwithstanding anything in these Conditions the Event Organiser shall not be liable to the Participant for any liability in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise for any loss of business, revenue or profits, anticipated savings or wasted expenditure, loss or damage of or to personal equipment belonging to the Participant or any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever (notwithstanding that such loss was within the contemplation of the parties at the date of submitting the Entry Form) arising out of the Participant taking part in the Event or any other matter arising under these Conditions nor for an aggregate amount greater than the Fee paid by the Participant. Without limiting the foregoing, the Event Organiser will not be liable for any actions of any spectators or other third parties unless otherwise set out herein. 
4.2 Accordingly the Participant hereby expressly and irrevocably renounces, for him/herself, heirs and successors in title the right to any recourse or claims whatsoever against the Event Organiser, its officers, employees, suppliers and/or sponsors and/or persons for whom it is answerable (“Associated Parties”) as a result of any kind of physical, mental or other loss or damage of whatsoever nature (including any loss of earnings, profits, or pain and suffering) suffered by the Participant, directly or indirectly, or by his/her family or by any dependents and caused by an event in any way relating to the Participant’s participation in Event, and the Participant hereby undertakes, for him/herself, heirs and successors in title to indemnify and hold harmless the Event Organiser, and the Associated Parties for any costs and/or amount which they or any of them may be required to pay as a result of any recourse or claim aforesaid by whomsoever made. The Participant also agrees to indemnify the Event Organiser and the Associated Parties for any claim, actions, liabilities or losses resulting from any breach of the Participant’s declarations above and/or the Participant’s negligent acts or omissions and/or wilful misconduct. 
4.3 Nothing in these Conditions shall exclude or limit the liability of the Event Organiser:

4.3.1 for death or personal injury caused by the Event Organiser’s negligence; 
4.3.2 for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or 
4.3.3 for any matter which it would be illegal for the Event Organiser to exclude or attempt to exclude liability. 
4.4 This clause 4 shall be read and construed and shall have effect subject to any limitation imposed by any applicable law.
5. Publicity and Results

5.1 The Participant irrevocably consents to:
5.1.1 his/her appearance in the Event being filmed, recorded, incorporated and exploited in whole or in part in any television programme, film, video or broadcast of whatever nature by all means and in all media and formats now or invented after the date of these Conditions; and 
5.1.2 the use and reproduction of the Participant’s name, likeness, appearance and photographs, films and recordings by all means and in all media for the purpose of advertising, publicity and otherwise in relation to the exploitation of the Event (and future events) and/or the promotion of the Event (and future events) and the commercial rights relating to the Event (and future events) provided that such use does not imply direct endorsement by the Participant of any official sponsor or supplier of the Event.
5.2 Any film, photographs (by camera or mobile phone), or any other recording of moving or still picture, and all intellectual property in connection therewith (including but not limited to copyright) shall remain the property of the Event Organiser, and where such intellectual property does not automatically vest in the Event Organiser, these Conditions shall constitute a legally binding assignment thereof and/or the Participant shall sign all reasonable documentation required to give affect thereto. Accordingly any such recording shall not be used other than for private use without the Event Organiser’s prior written consent.
5.3 The Event Organiser will use best endeavours to provide an Event finish time for the Participant however it cannot be held responsible for any computer result anomalies or any technical malfunctions.
6. General

6.1 These Conditions (and the documents referred to in them) constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the parties and supersede any previous agreement between the parties relating to the Event. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that in submitting the Entry Form (and the documents referred to in it) it does not rely on, and shall have no remedy in respect of, any statement, representation, warranty, understanding, promise or assurance (whether negligently or innocently made) of any person (whether party to these Conditions or not) other than as expressly set out in these Conditions.
6.2 Nothing in these Conditions shall constitute or be deemed to constitute a partnership between the parties hereto or constitute or be deemed to constitute either party as agent of the other for any purpose whatsoever and neither party shall have authority or power to bind the other or to contract in the name of the other in any way or for any purpose. 
6.3 No waiver by either party of a breach or a default hereunder shall be effective unless in writing and signed by both parties and any such waiver shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default of the same or similar nature. 
6.4 To the extent permitted by law all provisions of these Conditions shall be severable and no provision shall be affected by the invalidity or unenforceability of any other provision with the remaining provisions if necessary, being so amended as shall be necessary to give effect to the spirit of these Conditions so far as possible. 
6.5 These Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of Scotland and any dispute arising hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts.