30 Sep 2015

Following a successful inaugural event in 2014, Mt Buller will host the second annual Australian Mountain Bike Summit on 7-8 December, with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers confirmed to deliver invaluable insights vital to the growth of mountain biking in Australia.

Australian MTB Summit 1

The two-day Summit program has been designed purely to meet the needs of those in the mountain biking space, and features a range of Australian and international industry experts, including:

  • Scot Nichol, Ibis Cycles (USA): MTB evolution: Fat bikes, e-bikes and changing wheel sizes – fads or the future?  
  • Troy Rarick, Over the Edge Sports (USA): How to remain on top in the competitive MTB tourism landscape
  • Dave Donaldson, Rotorua Lakes Council (NZ): Rotorua – building a world-class MTB destination
  • Nicole Orriss and Phil Currie, RDV and Clayton Neil, Indigo Shire Council (Panel):  Show me the money – how to secure funds for new MTB developments.
  • Kate Leeming, Adventurer and Author: Breaking the Cycle – The story of the expedition.
  • Simon French, Dirt Art: The Australian MTB market profile.

Further topics to be covered include advocacy leadership, emerging trail developments, marketing to mountain bikers, professional trail building standards and certification, what’s going down in the gravity space, great trails 101, the future of MTB events in Australia, building MTB trails on a limited budget and regional collaboration for optimal outcomes.

Amber Gardner, Marketing Director for Mt Buller Resort Management, said the 2015 Summit will appeal to a broad range of delegates. “We were thrilled with the success of the inaugural Summit in 2014, and are really looking forward to this year’s event which looks set to be even bigger and better. We’ve designed this year’s Summit program with a whole new line-up of topics and speakers, so delegates that attended in 2014 will see a completely new and different program that will bring further insight and knowledge for the industry.

“This year’s Summit will immediately follow the mountain bike season opening weekend, giving delegates the ideal opportunity to experience Mt Buller’s world-class trails before, during and after the event. We’ve allowed further time in the program for networking, socialising and riding on top of the comprehensive program of keynote addresses and interactive workshops – it’s going to be a massive few days!”

The 2015 Australian Mountain Bike Summit will be held at Mt Buller on 7-8 December, at Australia’s only IMBA-accredited Ride Center and home of the Southern Hemisphere’s only IMBA Epic Trail, the Australian Alpine Epic.

Registrations are now open – delegates who register prior to 16 October will receive a 10% discount, taking the $499 registration fee to $449.

For further information and to register, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au or email [email protected].