Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), in partnership with Cairngorms National Park Authority and the Scottish Government, are delighted to announce that the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 will once again take place in Aviemore in the heart of the Scottish Highlands from 22nd to 24th November. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, who will be addressing the conference, highlights the importance that Scottish Government are placing on the industry.
Fiona said:“Mountain biking is an excellent example of a rapidly growing sector that presents real opportunities for Scotland. Our well managed great outdoors – and our forest trails in particular – mean that we are well positioned as a premier mountain biking destination, attracting both locals and visitors alike.
“I am looking forward to addressing the International Mountain Bike Conference in November this year. This will provide a great opportunity to further highlight the importance of mountain biking in Scotland and its drive in increasing tourism throughout the country.”
Titled ‘Future Proofing The Trail Ahead’, the 3 day conference will feature several global mountain bike leaders, exciting announcements, global media trips, discussion and consultation on the future of Scottish mountain biking feeding into the proposed Scottish MTB National Strategic Framework 2019 – 2025 and debate how we create a sustainable future for mountain biking support in Scotland.
The conference will also showcase and discuss the contribution of mountain biking in Scotland to social and environmental objectives and sustainable economic development. Highlighting to an international audience, the excellent mountain biking which exists in both the Highlands and across Scotland.
David Watson, Economic Development Manager, Cairngorms National Park Authority, said “We are delighted to be able to host the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 with DMBinS. The Cairngorms National Park is recognised as one of the premiere destinations for mountain biking in Scotland with such a wide variety of exceptionally beautiful routes. We are proud to be involved in this Conference to showcase how a wide variety of partnerships are delivering and improving mountain biking in Scotland. We are keen to investigate ways to create a sustainable future for the sport. With the area’s combination of attractions, its mountain biking credentials and the level of support available from partners, we are confident that the Highlands will deliver an exceptional conference.”
Graeme McLean, project manager of DMBinS, a partnership project based within Scottish Cycling, said “We are excited to be working in partnership with Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Government to deliver what is now the second biggest global mountain bike conference. It is expected that the conference will attract around 250 to 300 delegates from Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally. The delegates are likely to work directly in mountain biking or in a field which encompasses mountain biking including: tourism businesses, land managers, local authorities, public sector agencies, cycling organisations and academics. It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the successes in Scottish mountain biking, whilst looking to the future to ensure we continue to develop the sport in a sustainable manner.”