The Scottish Mountain Bike Trail Summit - ‘Where Does The Trail Lead’, is being launched today to bring together riders, mountain bike trail builders, trails associations, land managers and landowners, and will be held will be held at Kinnoul Hill Forestry & Land Scotland Site on the 23rd of October 2021.
This one-day summit will bring together the growing number of trailbuilders, trails associations, community groups and landowners to discuss progress, build on good relationships and discuss how we can collectively solve any issues. The day will have a strong theme around developing the trail network sustainably but retaining exciting, varied and trails that are not sanitised. Highlights include: A presentation from Manon Carpenter & DW Agency’s Tommy Wilkinson about an exciting film project with Specialized Soil Searching, Patagonia and Shimano looking at the steps being taken to secure the future of our trails.
Graeme McLean, Head of DMBinS, will give an update on the progress of the trail blazing European wide project, DIRTT, and will introduce some exciting new developments relating to Trail Association support and an exciting new future for Scottish trails.
John Ireland, Forestry and Land Scotland, will provide an update from a landowners perspective. This will be followed by a trail maintenance led by Tayside Trails Association with support from Forestry and Land Scotland.
The summit will be organised by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS). Head of DMBinS, Graeme McLean, explains the need for the summit:
“We hope that this summit will bring together everyone with an interest in trail building, whether that is riders, builders or landowners to learn from each other, listen to industry experts, help create a sustainable system of support and enjoy digging or riding trails together.”
“A key aim of the Scottish Mountain Bike Strategy 2019 – 2025, is for Scotland to have a truly world class trail network. To achieve this, we need to work together, with sustainability at the core of everything we do. By highlighting best practices and showing how we can work together we can continue to create a culture of stewardship of trails, ensuring the right trails are in the right place, managed by the right people”.
John Ireland, Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Safety, Health and Wellbeing Advisor will also provide an update from a landowners perspective. John said
“The National Access Forum guidance on unauthorised mountain bike trails guidance is positively helping mountain bikers and land managers understand different perspectives on trail construction in the context of the Scottish access rights. The model of a landowner working with a trail association, or a local groups of riders, requires commitment, and good open communications, from both parties and FLS are committed to continue to work with trail associations and groups to progress the Scottish mountain bike trail network. We look forward to meeting and digging with trail builders and riders.”
Riders, trail builders, landowners and land managers are urged to attend this event.
Due to ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19 and group gatherings, the venue for the presentations is the Kinnoull Woodland Recreation Shed. This is a partially open air venue and, as such, all attendees are requested to come prepared to embrace the elements, bring their own flasks with hot beverage of choice and a packed lunch with them.