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Your views as mountain bikers are vitally important in shaping the future of mountain biking in Scotland.  

Please read our press release and complete the rider survey.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN BIKING?

Mountain bikers asked to give their opinion to support the MTB industry recover from Covid-19 and how should our sport continue to have a strong, or stronger, voice in the future.

A new survey has been launched today to support the mountain bike (MTB) industry and the tourism supply chain’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey has been developed by Edinburgh Napier University as a piece of research for the Scottish Cycling department, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS).

DMBinS have already undertaken research into the impact of Covid-19 on the MTB industry and are now keen to understand riders future intentions including any destinations they intend to visit, services they intend to use and some information on their future buying habits.

The survey will also gain riders perspective on the support which mountain biking should receive and ask how this support can be less reliant on the public sector when current funding ceases.  

The Scottish Government announced a three year funding package to support the work of DMBinS from April 2019, to enable the aims of the Scottish Mountain Bike Strategy 2019-2025 to be delivered.

Graeme McLean, Head of DMBinS, said:

“Covid-19 has had a major impact on the MTB industry in Scotland, particularly the tourism part of our industry, and getting insight from riders will help businesses and destinations prepare for a time where they can operate again. This evidence base will give the industry confidence to retain staff, invest in new products and help support the argument for more trails in our key destinations.

We also feel there is a need to continue to give mountain bikers a clear, and strong, voice and provide a range of services and benefits which are valued by our community. This survey will help give us an insight into riders current feelings about mountain biking in Scotland and what they might hope the support for our amazing sport will look like in the future.”

Complete the survey here.

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