The Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 will focus on the key issues and opportunities which face the mountain bike sector in Scotland, Europe and globally.
The opening day (22nd November) will focus on planning for the future for those involved in mountain biking tourism, product development and the sustainable economic growth of the sport.
Industry leaders, academics and sector experts will be presenting and discussing macro challenges and opportunities which are being played out on a global scale. We will also discuss the rise of e-bikes and understand how Scotland and the UK can learn from the rapid e-bike growth across Europe. E-bikes are growing the market, introducing new people to our sport and present opportunities for innovation, but is this at a cost? Do they create extra pressure on our trail infrastructure and emergency services?
A full and exciting programme of speakers and workshops will be followed by an evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing, local craft beer and a delicious ‘Taste of Scotland’ dinner.
The second day (23rd November) will focus on how we sustainably grow participation in mountain biking and continue to develop a world class athlete development system. Again, a full programme of inspirational speakers and informative workshops will be delivered during the day.
To grow participation and develop our riders, Scotland requires a world class and cutting edge trail network. Landowners and land managers are still concerned with the level of unauthorised trails being constructed and during this conference a new guidance to help riders work with landowners will be launched. Other topics will include how we diversify the mountain bike market into areas of deprivation, grow the gender and ethnic diversity of the sport and introduce mountain biking as part of the health curriculum.
Day two will close with the much anticipated Scottish MTB Awards. A chance for us all to celebrate the very best of Scottish mountain biking.
Trail building case studies
The last day of the conference (24th November) will offer delegates and volunteers the opportunity to attend a variety of trailbuilding case studies to view good practice and discuss how we can build the right trails, in the right places and managed by the right people.
The biennial conference will be on 22nd – 24th November 2018 and will be hosted at the MacDonald Hotel, Aviemore. For bookings, we refer to the DMBinS website