Conference

Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 – Future Proofing the Trail Ahead

22nd – 24th November 2018 

The only thing that is constant is change” – Heraclitus

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstien

The Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 will focus on the key issues and opportunities which face the mountain bike sector in Scotland, Europe and globally. A fantastic line up of speakers and workshops will help all of us involved in mountain biking effectively plan and prepare for a successful future. 

The opening day (22nd November) will focus on planning for the future for those involved in mountain biking tourism, product development and the sustainable economic growth of the sport.

We have organised an exciting line up of speakers from industry leaders to academics and sector experts who will be presenting and discussing macro challenges and opportunities which are being played out on a global scale. We will also discuss the rise of e-bikes and understand how Scotland and the UK can learn from the rapid e-bike growth across Europe. E-bikes are growing the market, introducing new people to our sport and present opportunities for innovation, but is this at a cost? Do they create extra pressure on our trail infrastructure and emergency services?

A full and exciting programme of speakers and workshops will be followed by an evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing, local craft beer and a delicious ‘Taste of Scotland’ dinner.

The second day (23rd November) will focus on how we sustainably grow participation in mountain biking and continue to develop a world class athlete development system. Again, a full programme of inspirational speakers and informative workshops will be delivered during the day. 

To grow participation and develop our riders we require a world class and cutting edge trail network. Landowners and land managers are still concerned with the level of unauthorised trails being constructed and we are excited to announce that the conference will launch new guidance to help riders work with landowners. If this guidance is to be successful we must continue the informed discussion about how we can work together and use the energy of trailbuilders to be a positive force for good. Other topics will include how we diversify the mountain bike market into areas of deprivation, grow the gender and ethnic diversity of the sport and introduce mountain biking as part of the health curriculum. 

Day two will close with the much anticipated Scottish MTB Awards. A chance for us all to celebrate the very best of Scottish mountain biking.

The last day of the conference (24th November) will offer delegates and volunteers the opportunity to attend a variety of trailbuilding case studies to view good practice and discuss how we can build the right trails, in the right places and managed by the right people.
We look forward to once again hosting an international audience of delegates representing a wide spread of countries across the globe.
Throughout the conference the results of the workshops and voting stations will allow delegates to comment and help inform the new national strategy for mountain biking in Scotland which will run from 2019 to 2025. We will also be discussing how we can sustain the support for mountain biking to continue to develop trails and businesses.

2018 is the Year of Young People in Scotland and the conference will have elements run by young people, from riders making an impact on social media to speakers discussing the unique challenges of engaging today’s young riders. 

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) will be the lead organiser of this international event. The 2016 conference won the prestigious ‘Conference of the Year’ at the Scottish Event Awards 2017. The conference attracted 257 delegates from 13 different countries. DMBinS will be in working partnership with Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Government, Edinburgh Napier University, Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS), Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Cairngorms Business Partnership to deliver an exceptional conference.

The biennial conference will be on 22nd – 24th November 2018 and will be hosted at the MacDonald Hotel, Aviemore.

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Event Delivery Partners

For their help and contribution to deliver the conference the organisers would like to thank the event partners Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Government, Scottish Cycling and the Cairngorms Business Partnership.