2014 Programme

PROGRAMME - SCOTTISH MTB CONFERENCE 2014 - INTERNATIONAL EDITION

KEY AIMS & OUTLINE PROGRAMME

The 3 day conference has clear aims which will aid the continued progress of mountain biking in Scotland, share our successes with an international audience and learn from examples of good practice from around the globe.

Please download our full programme of speakers, workshops, evening events and field visits.

Key Aims of Conference

  • To highlight Scotland’s mountain biking success stories and share these with an international audience.
  • To highlight the excellent mountain biking which exists across Scotland.
  • To hear examples of good practice from around the world and use these to improve mountain biking in Scotland.
  • To clarify and communicate how a variety of partnerships are delivering and improving mountain biking in Scotland.
  • To discuss the key issues facing mountain biking in Scotland and examine how we are or could be tackling these issues with the help and input from the worldwide mountain biking community.

Day 1 – Tuesday 11th November

PARTICIPATION & SPORT

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

CHRIS FOGGIN – BIKE NZ

Chris will be delivering an inspiring presentation covering the following topics:

  • How NZ are developing a community approach to development;
  • Integrating city-wide approaches to mountain biking development;
  • The successful marketing mountain biking as a nation;
  • How Bike NZ assess the key ingredients in increasing participation and developing the sport of mountain biking in New Zealand.

GRANT FERGUSON – SCOTTISH / BRITISH CYCLING ELITE ATHLETE

What were the key development milestones enroute to competing on the world stage? How do we inspire more to participate in mountain biking and more to compete at a higher level? His experiences mountain biking in Scotland and how it compares globally.

Grant will also present the nominations and winners of the Scottish MTB Club of the Year.

ANGUS DUNCAN - FALKIRK COUNCIL

Local Authority creating and supporting a network of informal recreation opportunities for off-road biking in Scotland.

IAN ROSS - SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE

Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage will open the conference with an overview of the importance of off-road biking and mountain biking in accessing the outdoors.

CRAIG BURN - SCOTTISH CYCLING CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Scottish Cycling’s chief executive officer will outline the Scottish governing bodies vision for the development of the sport in Scotland.

GRAEME McLEAN – DEVELOPING MOUNTAIN BIKING IN SCOTLAND

Update on the progress of delivering the world’s first national strategic framework for sustainable mountain biking; key achievements in increasing participation and sport development.

WORKSHOPS

Tweed Valley Bike Patrol - Bike patrols: investigating how they could they be rolled out across Scotland?

Scottish Cycling - Participation Programmes: How can the governing body in Scotland improve engagement with a range of partners to increase participation in mountain biking?

sportscotland - Using the Good Practice Guide on Building, Managing and Maintaining Mountain Bike Trails to develop quality local and regional facilities?

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland - Supporting trail repair: how can DMBinS & partners support communities to help maintain & repair trails?

EVENING

Peebles Hydro will prepare a special 'Taste of Scotland' dinner for attendees at the conference. (Please note this dinner is not included in the entry costs)

Please download the full programme for timings for Day 1 of the conference.

Day 2 – Wednesday 12th November

MOUNTAIN BIKING TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

HANS ‘NO WAY’ REY

The world’s foremost adventure rider tells of his experiences mountain biking in Scotland and how it compares globally.

DARREN KINNAIRD – CRANKWORX/WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

Presenting on the development and key successes in running the world’s largest bike festival which attracts over 140,000 people every year.

Topics will include the partnership involved in promoting a complete destination, promoting a complete brand, community engagement to develop the brand, future of mountain biking globally, his experiences of mountain biking in Scotland & how we compare globally.

CHRIS BALL – ENDURO WORLD SERIES & LESLEY BECK – RARE MANAGEMENT (FORT WILLIAM DH WORLD CUP)

Chris Ball, founder of the Enduro World Series, and Lesley Beck from the company responsible or organising the Fort William World Cup, Rare Management, will give their perspective on the two biggest events in Scotland  and present on how important the events are in creating a global platform for Scottish mountain biking. Giving their recommendations for how we can use these events to promote mountain biking in Scotland more effectively and enhance our global reputation. In a crossover from Day 1 of the conference they will also discuss how the events help inspire Scots to participate and their role in sport development.

GRAEME McLEAN – DEVELOPING MOUNTAIN BIKING IN SCOTLAND 

Update on the progress on delivering the worlds first national strategic framework for sustainable mountain biking. Highlighting the key achievements in tourism and economic development and looking forward to the developments which will continue to develop Scottish mountain biking.

LEE MUSSON - 7stanes CIC

Successes & challenges of a community interest company which is marketing mountain biking in the South of Scotland.

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF VISIT SCOTLAND

A senior director of Visit Scotland will open the conference with an overview of the importance of off-road biking and mountain biking in creating tourism and the subsequent economic growth which follows.

WORKSHOPS

SUSTRANS & Paths For All - A Network of Long Distance Trails for walking & cycling – expanding the resource to responsibly promote to mountain bikers.

Wild Scotland & DMBinS - Building on a new good practice guidance for tour operators, guides, coaches and skills instructors. How can mountain bike businesses deliver a quality experience to every mountain bike visitor?

Future of Enduro - How does Scottish Cycling support the future of enduro racing?

MTBCoS & Scottoiler - Outlining the support for businesses from idea through to EuroBike & examining whether there are gaps or improvements in the system?

EVENING

MTBCoS present 'NO WAY' NIGHT RIDE, HANS REY IPA, FOOD, PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION & FILMS

An evening hosted by Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS) featuring a  'No Way' night ride followed by a custom bottled (limited edition) Hans Rey IPA beer (from local brewery Freewheelin), food, judging of our fantastic photography competition and a fine selection of films from the Scottish mountain bike community and a few Hans 'No Way' Rey classics.

Please download the full programme for timings for Day 2 of the conference.

Day 3 – Thursday 13th November

FIELD VISITS IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN SCOTLAND

Optional field visits. Delegates to select one to attend. Attendance is not compulsory.

(Please note delegates travel, accommodation and lunch is not included in the field visits)

All field visits will run from 11am to 3pm.

  • Nevis Range, Fort William - Trails from beginner through to world cup champion
  • Templeton Tangle Trails, Dundee - A whole city approach to mountain biking development
  • Callendar Estate, Falkirk - Innovative ideas to create, sustain and maintain an urban trail network
  • Cathkin Braes, Glasgow - Creating a mountain bike culture after the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore - Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre, Glenmore Lodge, supporting the development of mountain biking
  • Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, Glentress – Creating a community to develop business, sport and participation in mountain biking

More information on the process for signing up to the field visits and workshops will be sent to delegates in advance.

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