Mt Buller to host third Moun­tain Bike Sum­mit

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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 sum­mit@mt­buller.com.au.

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.

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