Report - Scottish Mountain Bike Awards 2018

Scottish MTB Awards 2018 - Winners Announced

Last month saw the third annual Scottish Mountain Bike Awards night: a celebration of the mountain bike community held in Aviemore, during the Scottish Mountain Biking Conference.  Almost 200 guests representing the best that Scotland has to offer in mountain biking attended the event at the MacDonald Highland Resort in Aviemore, organised by the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland.

12 awards were presented to riders, businesses, clubs, event organisers, community groups, tourism and services companies who had excelled in 2018.  Public votes were held for the Mountain Bike Rider of the Year categories which went to Ella Conolly and Reece Wilson and the Event of the Year, which for the third year in a row won by Tweedlove Bike Festival.

In the business categories, SussMyBike, won the Best Product Award with their revolutionary suspension device. Highlands based, ShredXS took home the Best Scottish Exporter Award and the Best Business Collaboration category went to the Edinburgh Napier University and Revo Route Ltd for their work developing Descent Master a upper body training device. 

From a tourism perspective Comrie Croft won the MTB Friendly Accommodation Provider and Ridelines-Mountain Bike Tuition won the Best Service Provider.

In the participation and sport categories, SKELF Bike Park took the hotly contested MTB Community Project and West Highland Wheelers were awarded MTB Club of the Year.  As heros go, the panel could not choose one, so there were 2 awards given out on the night,  Natalie Murray and Steve Bradley were deserved winners.

Danny Cowe, co-presenter of the evening and the Business Development Executive of the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland said: “The awards evening was a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate all the fantastic achievements within the Scottish Mountain Bike community. With a huge turnout on the night: over 70 nominees and 12 categories, it illustrates that the sport and industry is in a strong place.”

Graeme McLean, project manager of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, said “By bringing everyone together we are delighted to highlight and promote the great range of activity which is happening in Scottish mountain biking. We are always inspired to hear how our community, clubs, businesses and riders are punching above their weight in the world of mountain biking.”

2018 Winners

• Scottish Female Rider of the Year – Ella Conolly

• Scottish Male Rider of the Year – Reece Wilson

• Scottish Mountain Bike Product Innovation of the Year – SussMyBike

• Best Scottish Business Collaboration with a University – Descent Master and Edinburgh Napier University

• Endura Exporter of the Year - ShredXS

• Scottish MTB Friendly Accommodation Provider of the Year – Comrie Croft

• Edinburgh Napier University Scottish MTB Service Provider of the Year – Ridelines Mountain Bike Tuition

• Event of the Year – TweedLove Bike Festival

• Scottish Cycling MTB Photograph of the Year – Ruaridh Johnson 

• Scottish Mountain Bike Club of the Year – West Highland Wheelers

• Scottish Mountain Bike Community Project of the Year – SKELF Bike Park

• Scottish Mountain Biking Local Hero – Natalie Murray and Steve Bradley

What an awesome night!  2019 will see some new awards and a different format but will still have the same theme - to showcase the very best of Scottish mountain biking.