Preparations for the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 are gathering pace and we have a fantastic programme lined up, with globally renowned speakers and a range of key topics to be debated. 

For further information, read our latest press release.


The major issues and opportunities which face the mountain bike sector in Scotland, Europe and globally will be presented and discussed at The Scottish Mountain Bike Conference which 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’, the 3 day conference 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.

The conference will debate and discuss the key issues affecting the future of mountain biking and help us understand the partnerships and effective working relationships we need to create a sustainable direction for sport. We will be hearing from global figures explaining just how it is possible to grow the support for mountain biking to continue to develop trails and businesses in a sustainable manner.

To grow tourism, 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, drafted by the Scottish National Access Forum, to help riders work with landowners on this contentious issue. 

We will be looking at how we effectively plan for an e-bike revolution? How Scotland and the UK can learn from the rapid e-bike growth across Europe. Debating the positives and how we can plan to mitigate against any potential negative impacts.   We will also be looking at a fresh approach to marketing destinations. Hearing from influential vloggers and those creating impact and sales from experience driven marketing.  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. 

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.

Delegates will have the opportunity to choose from different packages to take part in the conference.

A full programme will be announced shortly.

An early bird rate for the conference will be available till 30th September - book now & find out further information