Dr Mark Taylor has been invited to give keynote presentation on instrumented bicycles and components testing at the Cycling Industries Europe Innovation Summit in association with the Scottish MTB Conference 2018. Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) will be the lead organiser of this international event. The 2016 conference won the prestigious ‘Conference of the Year’ at the Scottish Event Awards 2017. The conference attracted 257 delegates from 13 different countries. DMBinS will be in working partnership with Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Government, Edinburgh Napier University, Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS), Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Cairngorms Business Partnership to deliver the conference.
The biennial conference is taking place 22nd – 24th November 2018 and will be hosted at the MacDonald Hotel, Aviemore.
The Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2018 will focus on the key issues and opportunities which face the mountain bike sector in Scotland, Europe and globally.
The opening day (22nd 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.
There will be a line up of speakers from industry leaders to academics and sector experts who will be presenting and discussing macro challenges and opportunities which are being played out on a global scale. There will be a discussion about the rise of e-bikes and understand how Scotland and the UK can learn from the rapid e-bike growth across Europe. E-bikes are growing the market, introducing new people to our sport and present opportunities for innovation, but is this at a cost? Do they create extra pressure on our trail infrastructure and emergency services?
A full and exciting programme of speakers and workshops will be followed by an evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing, local craft beer and a delicious ‘Taste of Scotland’ dinner.
The second day (23rd November) will focus on how we sustainably grow participation in mountain biking and continue to develop a world class athlete development system. The event will close with the much anticipated Scottish MTB Awards.