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Emily Stratton - DMBinS Scottish Borders MTB Regional Development Co-ordinator

Introducing Emily, another new team member for us and the new Scottish Borders MTB Regional Development Coordinator. From managing Dyfi Bike Park to firefighting on the Isles of Scilly we are delighted to have Emily join team DMBinS.

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The Scottish Borders is one of the leading mountain biking destinations in the UK and within the next 3 years the Scottish Borders will deliver three multi-million-pound mountain bike capital projects – The Borderlands MTB Project, a refresh of the 7Stanes and the Glentress Masterplan.

Emily's role will help ensure the Scottish Borders maximises the skills development and business opportunities that mountain biking brings to the area. She will also liaise closely with our Marc, the DMBinS/TVTA Scottish Borders Trail Development Co-ordinator, to ensure that mountain bike grows at a community level to capitalise fully on these upcoming opportunities and sustainably develop the economic contribution that mountain biking makes across the Borders.

Emily has hit the ground running, delivering a webinar on the South of Scotland Cycling Infrastructure Fund, met local businesses and community groups and and will be speaking to young people at schools careers evenings.

Lots of exciting projects and work ahead, but in the meantime - get to know a wee bit about our Emily.

What did you do before taking on this role?

I was the manager at Dyfi Bike Park and had a brief stint as an Aviation Firefighter/Ground Crew on the Isles of Scilly, before moving up to Scotland where I joined Scottish Cycling as the Ride The Worlds Events Delivery Officer.

What are your hopes for this role?

Continue developing the Scottish Borders as a global mountain bike destination… and to host a World Cup in the Tweed Valley!

What does/will an average day in post look like?

One thing I love about this role is that every day is different. In my first three weeks I have met some awesome people, supported DMBinS events, given career pathway talks in schools, delivered a webinar, and met some great local business owners and community groups. I’m excited for everything else that is still to come!

What is your favourite food/beverage?

Anything homemade! I love having friends and family over, cooking up a big meal (note – pudding is a must) and eating together.

Favourite post ride snack?

Coffee shop stops with a big slice of cake.

Best ever ride and why?

A day in Tweed Valley, hitting the three peaks – Golfie, Inners and Glenbenna. The company, the tracks and the conditions were all prime.

What do you enjoy away from biking?

Anything outdoors – especially if it’s at the beach or on top of a mountain!

Favourite ever bike?

My Specialized Stumpjumper EVO – trusty, capable, and able to fit all the snacks in the SWAT box.

Greatest bike achievement?

TBC. I’m planning to enter some endurance events this year, so hopefully will have something to add here by the end of the year.

Greatest achievement off bike?

I came off my bike at the top of Golfie and came out with a 4” wide and 2” deep laceration on my bicep. (We saw it - it was horrific - but somehow she was still smiling??)

Bike kit/equipment I can’t live without?

A decent multitool – it has got me out of many sticky situations.

Little known fact?

I represented Team GB in Ultimate Frisbee, at the Beach European Championships.


This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information.

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