A lot has changed in over 40 years of mountain biking, but one thing has remained the same – the genuine feeling of freedom. When conventions were broken on the West Coast of North America and a handful of revolutionary two-wheeled enthusiasts in dazzling lycra-outfits and ski goggles took their bikes to the mountains, not only was the foundation for our passion laid, but the first chapter of a worldwide success story was written. These are our ROOTS.
The road to present days has been a long one. The ski goggles were replaced, the bikes improved and the story continued. From rigid forks to full-suspension chassis with e-drive, from a local phenomenon to global fame, from a niche sport to a mass sport that transcends society. With none other than Hans "No Way" Rey we take a look at our origins and together with him we dive into the early years of the sport. Inspiring stories and entertaining anecdotes are guaranteed. As a contemporary witness Hans also accompanies us in the evolution of the sport up to the present day. Because currently the sport is changing as never before: more participants, more offers, more technical innovations.
Where are we heading? Where is this journey guiding us? How much change is needed? How much change is healthy? Is there a limit to growth and credibility? What does change mean for those who create and operate the offers? We, as an ever-expanding bike community, are facing the challenges of our time. So let’s convene and take a close look at best practices from around the globe to plant our seeds responsibly. Together with Gary Vernon, we highlight the projects of the Walton Foundation, which is working to improve the quality of life in Arkansas with a 600+ mile trail network. With legendary trail builder Glen Jacobs, we take you to faraway Tasmania to see how mountain biking has given new life to a declining village. But we won't be missing out on the racing action either: we're looking forward to welcoming Chris Ball – the man behind the Enduro World Series – presenting the Spirit of Enduro. And with the organizers of the Cape Epic – the Tour de France of mountain biking – we take an exciting look behind the scenes of the toughest MTB stage race in the world.
In addition, we will present forward-looking concepts, such as the Trysil Trail Park in Norway or Scotland ́s exceptional MTB-strategy and much more. With further top-class international speakers, lectures and studies this digital conference provides valuable insights for the professional development of destinations and local trails. ROOTS – the sixth German Mountain Bike Tourism Congress – sheds light on topics of significance for everyone serious about mountain bike development and the biking community at large. Come join us for three packed days for those who shape the future of biking.