We are delighted to be bringing you the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference again, in person, this time in Aberdeen and in partnership with the North East Adventure Tourism Project (NEAT).
The conference will take place at North East Scotland's state of the art state of the art events venue, the P&J Live, from the 3rd to 5th November 2022, and will feature global mountain bike leaders, exciting new product and industry announcements, international media trips, discussion and consultation on the future of Scottish mountain biking, and much more!
It's shaping up to be an unmissable event! A full programme is in development and will be announced shortly.
Potential delegates now have the opportunity to choose from different conference packages and take advantage of an early bird rate, which will be available until the 3rd September.
Read full press release, find out more and buy your tickets.
Aberdeen to Host International Mountain Bike Conference in November
Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), in partnership with the North East Adventure Tourism Project (NEAT), are delighted to announce that the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2022 will take place in Aberdeen, for the first time, from 3rd to 5th November 2022 at North East Scotland’s state of the art events venue, P&J Live (TECA). The conference will showcase the excellent mountain biking available in Aberdeenshire and across Scotland to an international industry audience.
Titled ‘Leading The Way’, the three-day event from 3 to 5 November will feature global mountain bike leaders, exciting new product and industry announcements, international media trips, discussion and consultation on the future of Scottish mountain biking. The programme will chart the progress made in the Scottish MTB Strategy 2019 – 2025, debate how to create a sustainable future for mountain biking support in Scotland and explore the activity’s contribution to social and environmental objectives and sustainable economic development.
DMBinS will be the lead organiser of the event utilising their experience of delivering award winning international conferences. DMBinS will be in working partnership with The North East Adventure Tourism Project (NEAT). NEAT is a local partnership project supported by Opportunity North East, Scottish Enterprise, Visit Aberdeenshire, Scottish Cycling and Aberdeenshire Council which aims to support and grow the local adventure tourism economy. The success of this partnership project has been instrumental in establishing Aberdeenshire as a key destination for mountain bike tourism and has had a hugely beneficial impact on the local economy.
Jennifer Craw, CEO of Opportunity North East, who will be addressing the conference, said:
The conference will showcase the region’s mountain biking credentials and ambition to the world. Aberdeenshire is recognised as one of the activity’s fast-emerging destinations in Scotland with a wide variety of exceptionally beautiful routes and an extraordinary breadth of variety of riding.
“Building on these assets is at the heart of the NEAT project to grow inclusive, low-carbon adventure tourism, create up to 500 new jobs in rural areas and the city, deliver community and economic benefits and manage the region’s natural capital in a sustainable way. The private sector led approach to NEAT through ONE and strong partnerships with regional and national industry and public sector bodies and government are driving progress here. ONE, DMBinS and the other NEAT partners look forward to sharing our vision, ambition and delivery with the global mountain biking community in Aberdeen in November
Graeme McLean, Head of DMBinS, a partnership project based within Scottish Cycling, said:
We are excited to be working with the North East Adventure Tourism project partners Opportunity North East and Visit Aberdeenshire along with 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.
The opening day (3rd 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. An exciting line up of speakers from industry leaders to academics and sector experts will be presenting and discussing macro challenges and opportunities which are being played out on a global scale. The first day will close with a social evening with a DJ set, delicious food options and local beverages, held at the P&J.
Day two (4th November) will focus on how to sustainably grow participation in mountain biking and continue to develop a world class athlete development system. A full programme of inspirational speakers and informative workshops will be delivered during the day and the day will close with the much-anticipated Scottish MTB Awards. A chance for everyone involved to celebrate the very best of Scottish mountain biking.
The last day of the conference (5th November) will offer delegates and volunteers the opportunity to attend a variety of trail building case studies, across Aberdeenshire, to view good practice and discuss how the right trails can be built, in the right places and managed by the right people.
DMBinS will draw on support and input from the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Napier University, Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS), and leading industry figures to deliver an exceptional conference.
To develop and sustain Scotland as a premier riding destination we help ensure that the right trails are in the right place, and built and managed by the right people.
Mountain biking can play a role in making Scotland healthier. By increasing participation, through targeted programmes, we aim to help make our amazing country a healthier and happier nation.
Our work focuses on building on our key destination's strengths, pushing for development and supporting areas and businesses to improve the experience for riders.
We work with Edinburgh Napier University, through MTBCOS, and our enterprise agencies - encouraging businesses to develop and promote new products and services for mountain bikers contributing significantly to the sustainable growth of Scotland’s economy.
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