Bike Night - Thursday 21st February 2013
Another great evening in the company of true mountain bike legends
Chipps Chippendale, Rob Warner and Stu Thompson will present some of their favourite biking videos throughout the night. Following this, and along with compere Nigel Page, they will conduct an interactive Question & Answer section with the audience.
Background – Chipps has been writing about mountain bikes for a living since the early ’90s and started Singletrack Magazine in 2001 which, along with singletrackworld.com has keep him out of trouble for the last dozen years.
His prowess on a mountain bike is average at best, but he claims that Jeremy Clarkson probably isn’t an amazing driver either.
In an attempt to broaden his mind this past year, Chipps has taken part in a 100mile Belgian road ride full of cobbles and the No Fuss 6hr Endurance Downhill at Fort William. He reckons the real world lies somewhere between those two extremes.
Background – Rob started racing mountain bikes in the early 1990’s before turning professional in ‘94, and signing with Giant Bicycles in ‘96. Rob had a great professional career with Giant Bicycles, during which he was the first British rider to win a UCI World Cup in 1996 and the National Champion 3 times.
Rob’s involvement in cycling then changed in ’97 when he was asked to present the Red Bull X Fighters, a freestyle motorcross tour shown on Dave, and started commenting on the downhill UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for “Freecaster”.
Red Bull took over in 2012, and now have Rob commentating on XCO and DH disciplines.
Background – Head honcho of MTBcut and former World Cup Mountain Bike struggler Stu Thomson is owner and founder of MTBcut Productions. Stu is already a well respected figure in the Mountain Bike industry and widely acknowledged as a leader in the development of Mountain bike web video. After hanging up his pedals as a racer due to being well “under the thumb” (although he will always put it down to a career ending injury) he decided to return home to his native Scotland to get married and set up MTBcut as a business.
Since launching the company, Stu has grown MTBcut into being one of the premier video producers, distributors and marketing agencies in the Outdoor Sports industry. Over the last 3 years Stu has consistently shown he has the talent and vision to create ground breaking marketing projects for many major brands. He is also credited as being the original pioneer of the Live Webcast from Mountain Bike World Cup races having initially launched a project at Fort William World Championships in 2007 to huge success and industry acclaim. This has become a regular occurrence and operated by the website Freecaster at every World Cup race.
Background – Nigel . R raced BMX from 10 years old until he turned 17 at National and International level, which gave him a great base of skills for Mountain bike racing.
In his mid 20′s to early 30′s he raced professional mountain biking in Downhill, Duel and 4X, until he had some pretty serious injuries that caused him to retire from professional racing.
He has been involved in Mountain biking ever since his main roll running the Chain Reaction Cycles race team since 2008. Helping design and grow the Nukeproof bicycle brand and also assisting Rob Warner in some of his downhill commentary work.
Nigel passion remains and still loves to ride bikes, and he has started racing again in the last few years. In 2012 he won the Vets National and British series titles as well as getting a bronze medal at the BMX world championships in his class.
- Ticket office open from 6pm
- Doors open from 6.30pm
- Shows start promptly at 7pm
- Concessions are for under 16s only.
- Some shows may contain adult language or themes.
- Children must be supervised by an adult.
* West Highland College UHI Students showing their current student card can buy tickets from the ticket office on the night for £10
Proud sponsors of the Fort William Mountain Festival Bike Night