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Full programme for international mountain biking conference launched


The full programme for an international mountain biking conference to be held at Peebles Hydro Hotel from 11th to 13th November has been launched by the organisers, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS).

The conference programme is split into three distinct but interlinked days with delegates from around the world coming together to learn, share and discuss the important issues affecting the growing activity.

Graeme McLean, project manager for DMBinS, explains the format for the international mountain biking conference – “On the first day of the conference (Tuesday 11th November) we will be focussing on how we can grow participation and improve the pathway into the sport of mountain biking. We are delighted that Chris Foggin from Bike NZ will be joining us to tell us about the successes which New Zealand have had creating innovative participation programmes and engaging communities to help maintain and improve trail networks.  Local hero, Grant Ferguson, a star of the Commonwealth Games will also talk about his journey, from riding the trails in and around Peebles to being one of the rising stars in the UCI cross country world stage. The day will be opened by a keynote address from Ian Ross, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage and will include further updates and workshops directed at how best we can grow mountain biking in Scotland.”

The middle day of the conference will focus on the contribution which mountain biking makes to tourism and growing the Scottish economy.

Although the conference will be focused on improving the activity, it will also have a strong social element including a special ‘Taste of Scotland’ dinner on the Tuesday evening and on the Wednesday evening there will be a ‘No Way’ Night Ride, then back to the hotel for a social evening featuring a limited edition Hans Rey IPA from local brewery Freewheelin, food,judging our photography competition and films playing into the small hours. The conference will provide opportunities for the mountain bike community to socialise and network.

The conference aims to build on the success of two previous conferences organised in 2010 and 2012 by DMBinS.

To view the full programme for the conference please click here.

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