Speakers Confirmed for 2017 Australian Mountain Bike Summit – Mt Buller

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.

Mt Buller Announces International Speakers for Second Annual Australian MTB Summit

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.

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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].