Field visits will be an opportunity to learn from good practice and discuss live and current issues facing mountain biking in Scotland.
Attendance at the field visits is optional and free to those attending the conference. Delegates will be offered to select one to attend – attendance is not compulsory.
All field visits will run from 9.30am to 4/5pm.
How Seafield Estate, supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, are working and communicating with the local mountain bike community to establish boundaries around trail development and responsible mountain biking and responsible land management.
The field visit will involve a discussion around the practical measures the estate have taken to engaging with the local bike community and the effect the increased levels of communication have had on responsible mountain biking.
After lunch delegates will have the opportunity to either self-guide on the trails at High Burnside or be led on a guided leisurely ride around Rothiemurchus Estate and Glenmore Forest.
Delegates will be able to walk from the hotel to this field visit.
The field visit will encompass two excellent, but very different, Scottish mountain bike destinations – Ballater and Glenlivet trail centre.
In Ballater, local bike shop owner, Richard Watts from Cycle Highlands, will discuss the balance that a local bike shop undertakes to ensure that there are sufficient levels of promotion to sustain a successful business whilst not damaging the amazing ‘natural’ singletrack that the area has to offer. This balance involves working with the local business community, where Richard is also the chair of the local business development group, and forming good working relationships with local sporting estates.
Following the informal discussion in the bike shop delegates will be fitted with Santa Cruz bikes and given a guided ride around the local trails.
At Glenlivet, Countryside Manager, Vicky Hilton of the Crown Estate, will discuss the impact that the Glenlivet trail centre has had on the local community – creating jobs and new opportunities for the rural area. She will also discuss development plans to keep the trail network appealing to new and returning visitors and the challenge of sustaining the ongoing maintenance of the trails in a rural area.
Transport will be provided for this field visit.
Image credit Andy McCandlish
No Fuss Events will host the UK’s only qualifier for the EWS in Kinlochleven. (Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November)
To enter visit the No Fuss Events website.
Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s national outdoor centre will host a British Cycling MTB Tutor Development Day