Mt Buller will host the fourth Australian Mountain Bike Summit on 4 – 5 December 2017, the only conference in Australia dedicated solely to the mountain bike industry. Presented by Mt Buller Bike Park, this year’s program has been curated by Flow Mountain Bike and features the theme of Collaborate, Educate, Proliferate.
Group Marketing Manager for Mt Buller Resort Management, Gillian Dobson, said the Summit is a must-attend industry event. “The Australian Mountain Bike Summit was developed after we recognised a gap in the market for such an event and has become a fixture on the calendar for the industry. We have dedicated ourselves to bringing together key players to educate, share and deliberate the key challenges and emerging opportunities currently impacting the Australian and international mountain bike markets.
“Building on the success of previous years, we are excited to be launching a new-look Australian Mountain Bike Summit for 2017, with a program developed in conjunction with industry gurus Flow Mountain Bike. Flow are renowned as passionate advocates in the MTB industry; in their own words, they exist to inspire and educate, making them the perfect fit for the Summit.”
“The Australian Mountain Bike Summit is a unique chance for as diverse range of people from across the spectrum of mountain biking to get together and learn. This year we’ve been working with Mt Buller to help expand the scope of the Summit to include a more diverse range of viewpoints, and to change up the format to encourage more sharing of knowledge between experts from different areas of the sport.
“We believe the path to a flourishing mountain bike scene in Australia is through building stronger connections between all areas of the sport – from clubs, racers, retailers, events and wholesalers, to trail builders, advocates, coaches and more – hence our theme of collaborate, educate, proliferate. If mountain biking is to continue growing here in Australia, both in terms of participation and local industry strength, we need to begin pooling our knowledge and learning from each other’s experiences.”
This year’s Summit will again be hosted by renowned cycling commentator and journalist Matt Keenan, and will feature a number of local and international mountain biking experts. Speakers, including Russel Garlick of TrailFundNZ, Jen and Michael Geale from Mountain Bikes Direct, Jeff Moore and Fanie Kok from Specialized and Jason English, MTB educator and 24 hour champion will deliver a range of keynote addresses and workshops that allow participants to hear from specialists, share ideas and ask questions in a collaborative environment.
“Importantly, the program also includes a range of networking functions, where delegates are given great opportunities to get out on Mt Buller’s trails, enjoy the hospitality and expand their networks. Industry leaders come together with business operators, clubs, land managers and retailers to informally discuss topics of interests, make business connections and most importantly enjoy riding” said Dobson.
The Australian Mountain Bike Summit is preceded by the official launch of Mt Buller’s summer season on Saturday 2 December, which includes the full opening of Mt Buller’s trail network. Delegates are encouraged to arrive early make the most of the freshly opened trails, and get a weekend’s riding under their belt ahead of the Summit.
Registration for the Australian Mountain Bike Summit is now open. Registration costs $499 per person plus booking fee, which covers the two-day conference, all conference catering and networking functions including the official Summit Dinner, and three guided rides. An early bird discount of 10% applies until Friday 20 October 2017.