Our new Aberdeenshire MTB Development Coordinator, has hit the ground running. Here is a wee flavour of just what he's been up to in his own words - blog style.
DMBinS Will's First Two Weeks
First few weeks – it’s been eventful! From long term planning to community engagement to networking to malfunctioning E-Bikes and an awful lot of miles travelled.
Week 1 saw me mainly meeting a lot of new faces, reconnecting with some I hadn’t seen for a while and trying my very best to remember all the names!
Met all my new (and pretty awesome don't you mean Will?) colleagues at DMBinS, MTBCoS and Scottish Cycling. Including taking part in a Scottish Cycling Team building event in Glasgow racing Go Karts. Made some really useful connections at Aberdeenshire Council, Visit Aberdeenshire and more as well as welcoming some guests for the their first visit to the Aberdeenshire area.
Week 2 saw a few events running in Banchory and Aberdeen with a public meeting - for anyone interested in learning about the plan to develop mountain biking in the area, a tourism workshop - for any local businesses to learn how they can better benefit from visiting cyclists, and an Innovation clinic.
The public meeting was brilliant! It really was great to meet so many enthusiastic bikers and have some discussion about the North East Plans also was a fantastic opportunity for people to share the really good stuff that’s already going on across the area. Cheers to everyone for coming out and giving their time to hear from myself and Graeme.
The tourism workshop brought together a diverse audience from the biking industry, tourism sector and beyond. We were lucky to have brilliant guest speakers based locally, national and internationally highlighting some of the potential and opportunities that exist in the MTB community.
The innovation clinic was hosted by Elevator UK in conjunction with our colleagues Danny and Jessie-May at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland. Here we heard from growing businesses in the MTB sector and spoke with entrepreneurs who have new ideas to bring to the market.
We also had the opportunity to speak with some of Elevators programme members who are looking to accelerate their business development and highlight to them the potential of the MTB market and the progress made over the past few years.
Remember, If you’ve got an innovative idea then get in contact and we can direct you to the right support with MTBCoS or one of our other partners or alternatively keep an eye on our social media for details of more events like this in September 2018.
It has been a really positive start with the Aberdeenshire MTB Community, local business and key partners. I've witnessed a real enthusiasm for working together and supporting each other in a variety of ways. Still getting to grips with a lot of things but I'm very encouraged to see the excitement building locally around what the future may hold for the area.
Luckily I also had the chance to show off some of Aberdeenshire’s best trails too.
That’s it for now but look out for more updates soon.