Mt Buller to host third Mountain Bike Summit
MT BULLER will host the third annual Australian Mountain Bike Summit on December 5 and 6 - the only conference in Australia dedicated solely to the mountain bike industry.
Presented by Mt Buller Bike Park, the summit has become a must-attend industry event that covers a range of topics relevant to individuals, groups and organisations in the mountain biking industry, or those looking to enter the space.
The two-day Australian Mountain Bike Summit will feature a number of local and international mountain biking experts, including the visionary Charlie Sturgis, chief executive officer of the Park City Mountain Trails Foundation.
Also on the speaking podium will be legendary trail builder Glen Jacobs of World Trail, Bradley Fauteux, CEO of Parks Victoria, plus Australia’s foremost expert on adaptive mountain biking, Andrew Liddawi.
Speakers will deliver a range of keynote addresses and workshops that allow participants to hear from the specialists, share ideas and ask questions in a collaborative environment.
Covering MC duties will be Matt Keenan, renowned cycling commentator, SBS journalist and host of The Bike Lane.
“The Australian Mountain Bike Summit is unique in Australia, as it focuses purely on the challenges, opportunities and state of the market for the mountain bike industry,” said Gillian Dobson, group manager – marketing, sales and events for Mt Buller Resort Management.
“We developed the Australian Mountain Bike Summit after recognising a gap in the market for such an event, and dedicated ourselves to bringing together key industry players to learn about and discuss the key challenges and emerging opportunities currently impacting the Australian and international mountain bike markets,” Ms Dobson said.
“Importantly, the program also allows for a range of networking opportunities, where industry leaders come together with business operators, clubs, land managers and retailers to informally discuss topics of interest and make business connections.
“In addition, delegates are given several opportunities to get out on Mt Buller’s worldclass trails, either as part of a guided tour or independently.
“Those up for a challenge will head straight to Mt Buller’s legendary 42km Australian Alpine Epic ride, the only trail of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.”
The Australian Mountain Bike Summit is preceded by the official opening of the Mt Buller Bike Park on Saturday, December 3.
The opening features a great program of activities and events across the weekend that will provide delegates a great reason to come early and make the most of their time at Mt Buller.
“The Australian MTB Summit is a highly interactive, engaging forum that combines expert and topical discussion with opportunities to expand networks, and participate actively in what it’s all about – mountain bike riding,” Gillian said.
“We encourage everyone in the industry to consider attending this critical event,” Gillian concluded.
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 three-course official summit dinner, and three guided rides.
For further information about the Australian Mountain Bike Summit, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE DID IT: This group of hardy bike trail riders completed the Epic Trail finishing at Mirimbah Park last season.
A LITTLE HISTORY: A speaker (above, left )at last year’s conference outlined some of the history behind the projects at Mt Buller.
IT’S EPIC: Describing the Epic Trail specially built and dedicated to the longest mountain bike trail in the Southern Hemisphere is all part of the summit - along with those who will take the challenge and ride the trail.
TALK TIME: Participants at the 2015 summit take time out to chat at the Birdcage coffee shop.