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We are delighted that Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, will be addressing the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018, which is taking place in Aviemore from tomorrow.

Scottish Government are continuing their support for mountain biking in Scotland, our project and the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018.  Please read the following press release.


Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, will be addressing the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018, which is taking place in Aviemore later this week.

The Cabinet Secretary’s key note speech will provide a perspective on how mountain biking is helping the Scottish Government achieve its targets within the national performance indicators in many areas including economic development, health and the environment.

A relatively new sector, mountain biking has seen rapid growth and now generates more than £257 million annually for the Scottish economy. The conference will be looking at the future of mountain biking in Scotland and there will be consultation on the new national strategy from 2019 to 2025. The strategy, which is currently out for public consultation, has a vision for Scotland to be the European home of mountain biking and a mission for mountain biking to grow to be worth £408m per annum, to increase visits on a mountain bike to 2m per annum and Scots to be world champions in every discipline by 2025.

Fiona explained the benefits that mountain biking can bring, “Mountain biking is an important contributor to Scotland’s tourism industry – and a rapidly growing sector that presents real opportunities for our economy. The Scottish Mountain Biking Conference is a great occasion to work closely with partners to strengthen relationships across Scotland and internationally.

“Our mountain biking sector is very important to our economy and to our vision of a Scotland where more people are more active, more often. That is why we backed Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland with £50,000 Scottish Government funding in November 2017 to help oversee the implementation of the national strategic framework for mountain biking. We are committed to continuing our work to attract world class sporting events to Scotland, including mountain biking events.”

Graeme McLean, Project Manager, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland said: “The interest and support from Scottish Government into mountain biking is fantastic. It is clear that they share our vision for the opportunities that mountain biking can bring to Scotland and that we have a clear and coherent strategy to achieve our growth potential. We welcomed the investment in 2017 and we look forward to continue to develop our working relationship with the Scottish Government.”

The Conference will be held at the Macdonald Highland Resort in Aviemore, in the Cairngorms National Park, on 22nd to 24th November 2018. Titled ‘Future Proofing The Trail Ahead’, it will help mountain biking navigate a successful future by helping us prepare and plan effectively with an exciting programme of speakers and workshops lined up.

Mountain bike business leaders, leading academics , CEO of British and Scottish Cycling, young mountain bikers, trail building and more - are all part of the full programme for the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018. This exciting programme and three day event will focus on the major issues and opportunities which face the mountain bike sector in Scotland, Europe and globally.

The conference will also showcase and discuss the contribution of mountain biking in Scotland to social and environmental objectives and sustainable economic development. Highlighting to an international audience, the excellent mountain biking which exists in both the Highlands and across Scotland.

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) will be the lead organiser of the event. Using their experience of delivering award winning international conferences, DMBinS will be in working partnership with Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Government, Edinburgh Napier University, Scottish Cycling, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Cairngorms Business Partnership and the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland to deliver an exceptional conference.

With evening activities including night rides with the locals, a Ceilidh and Scottish Banquet, the Scottish Mountain Bike Awards 2018 delegates will have the opportunity to choose from different packages to take part in the conference.

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