'Mountain biking is a very profitable industry for the Scottish economy' - conference aims to share best practice

Scotland’s Mountain Bike Conference draws global crowd

Delegates from Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England are among those signing up for the Internation Edition of the 2014 Scottish Mountain Bike Conference – International Edition.

Organiser Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland is hosting the two-day conference Peebles Hydro Hotel in November, with the 7stanes trail centres Glentress and Innerleithen nearby.

MTB adventurer Hans “No Way” Rey will speak as will Team Scotland Commonwealth Games athlete and Peebles local Grant Ferguson. Darren Kinnaird, the manager of the Crankworx bike festival and Chris Foggin, Head of Community Development for Bike NZ, will also feature at the conference.

“It’s extremely exciting to look at the delegate list forming for the conference, and to see such a wide range of nationalities already signed up," said DMBinS Project Manager Graeme McLean. "We know that the mountain biking we have here in Scotland is world class, and it is good to see that appreciation on a world stage. Our international visitors are sure to have a fantastic time in Scotland and we look forward to welcoming them. The conference is a great opportunity for everyone involved in mountain biking in Scotland from local authorities, land managers, businesses, communities and riders to gather together to discuss how we sustainably continue the activities success and learn from good practice around the world.”

Kerry Watson, of the Business Tourism Unit of Visit Scotland, added: “We are thrilled to see the level of interest in the 2014 Scottish Mountain Bike Conference – The International Edition. Mountain biking is already a very profitable industry for the Scottish economy, and the success of the conference further highlights the value of mountain biking to us. With international stars arriving as speakers, alongside the delegates from a variety of countries around the world, Peebles will once again turn into a global centre of excellence for mountain biking. We know that Peebles, and Scotland hold a great draw for international mountain bikers, and the professionals involved in delivering mountain biking, and we are looking forward to sharing our experiences and good practice with them.”

The conference is being supported through Scottish Borders Council and Visit Scotland Conference Bid Fund.


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