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Mt Buller has confirmed the speaking line-up ahead of the 4th annual Australian Mountain Bike Summit to be held on Mt Buller from 4 – 5 December 2017.


Now in its fourth year, Mt Buller, in collaboration with Flow Mountain Bike, is launching a revamped the program, this year designed around the themes Collaborate, Educate, Proliferate. The two-day event features a number of Australian and international speakers, presenting on a range of topics under the overarching themes.

Exploring what ‘Collaborate’ means for the mountain bike industry, Simon French from Dirt Art will share his learnings from his recent partnering with the Tasmanian government on the Maydena Bike Park, and from Western Australia, Jason Dover of Cape to Cape and Port to Port, will focus on the benefits an event / tourism board collaboration can bring. Simon Keane of Trailcare NSW will deliver a practical workshop exploring the challenges and achievements of trail advocacy.

‘Educate’ is considered not only from the perspective of what the industry can learn from each other, but also the important role education plays between the industry and riders. Jen Geale, one of the founders of incredibly successful Mountain Bikes Direct, and known for her superb communications skills, will offer insights into modern retailing, whilst workshops will explore mountain biking in schools (Jason English) and the importance of mountain biking coaching for the industry (Evan James, MTBA).

Speakers under the ‘Proliferate’ banner will examine some broad themes around industry longevity and sustainability – the big ‘where to from here’ questions. Proliferation is critical to the ongoing success of the mountain bike industry; Russell Garlick from TrailFund NZ will discuss the way individuals contribute to trail development in New Zealand, and from Specialized, Jeff Moore and Fanie Kok will look at how ‘big brands’ do more for the industry than sell bikes. A workshop exploring whether e-bikes will grow the sport rounds out the Proliferate sessions.

Covering MC duties will be renowned cycling commentator, SBS journalist and host of The Bike Lane, Matt Keenan.

Gill Dobson, Marketing Manager Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, is thrilled to announce the line-up for 2017. “We are really excited about presenting to the mountain bike community a ‘new-look’ conference for 2017, and believe the collaboration with Flow has resulted in a program with a true industry perspective. We have a tremendous line-up of speakers with a depth and breadth of experience across the industry who are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and expertise with delegates.”

“The Summit is a fantastic opportunity for mountain bikers to come together, not only to learn from industry professionals, but to make new connections and networks, and of course go bike riding. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Mt Buller Bike Park in 2017”.

Registration for the Australian Mountain Bike Summit is now open. Registration costs $499 per person plus booking fee, which covers the two-day conference, and all conference catering and networking functions including the official Summit Dinner. For further information and to register now, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au.

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