Conference set to keep Scotland on track
A national consultative conference focusing on keeping Scotland as a world leader in mountain biking, and ensuring it’s continued popularity at home, will be held next week.
Scotland has an enviable international reputation in mountain biking and the conference in Perth on Tuesday 29 January will allow 200 delegates to give their views and ideas on how to ensure Scotland continues to develop the sport.
Last year, Fort William staged the highly successful UCI Mountain Bike and Trails World Championships, winning the prestigious International Mountain Bike Teams, Tech Support and Race Organizers Organisation (IMTTO) ‘Event of the Year’ along the way, and built on the international acclaim given to previous World Cup stages held at the Fort.
The Worlds also saw Scotland’s first mountain bike champion crowned, with 18 year old Ruaridh Cunningham winning the junior men’s downhill competition.
Jackie Davidson, Director of Operations at Scottish Cycling said; “Mountain biking is an important and fast growing discipline within the Scottish cycling community. It is crucial that this momentum is maintained and developed in a way that is sustainable and continues to contribute to the health, economic development and sporting achievement of the country.
“This conference will help us to develop a strategy and framework which will safeguard the future development of mountain biking in Scotland from the tracks of Glentress to the continued success of the international mountain biking events held in Fort William.”
Seven national organisations – Scottish Cycling, EventScotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, sportscotland and VisitScotland – are working together to initiate the development of