The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland is a space, within the Peel Tower at Glentress, near Peebles, for Scottish mountain bike athletes, riders, businesses, academics, agencies and the community to come together to learn, develop, grow and help Scottish mountain biking be a world leader in its development. It is being spearheaded by a partnership between Scottish Cycling, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), Edinburgh Napier University, Borders College and Scottish Enterprise. It is being funded by Edinburgh Napier University, Scottish Funding Council, DMBinS and is supported by Forestry Commission Scotland.
Scotland and mountain biking were made for each other, and the sport is worth millions to the country’s economy. With easy access to vast and beautiful wilderness, Scotland is perfect for mountain biking. Not only are record numbers of locals taking to the hills of a weekend, but the sport is bringing thousands of enthusiasts to the country. In 2013 a study commissioned by DMBinS estimated that those visiting Scotland with mountain biking as their main reason to visit is worth £49.5 million to the Scottish economy, when you add the economic impact of those who take part in the activity, but not their main reson to visit, the value soars to £130m.
To help maximise this impact and help develop the existing work of DMBinS & partners to support the creation of a growing number of mountain bike focussed products by Scottish companies. Edinburgh Napier was successful in securing financial support from the Scottish Funding Council which has enabled the appointment full-time staff who will be based at Glentress.
The Centre will also host product focus days, MTB education and training courses, workshops for MTB companies, and hopes to begin attracting international businesses to test and demo new products in Scotland.
If you have an idea for a new mountain biking product or service please come along to our Innovation Clinics (these will be regularly held at the centre)