Scottish Government Announce Support For Scottish Mountain Biking
6 May 2019 | By billy1979
Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, has formally launch the Scottish Mountain Bike Strategy for 2019 -2025 and announce Scottish Government funding for both Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland for the next 3 years.
The six year strategy has been developed on behalf of all those with a stake in Scottish mountain biking, whether they be riders, the tourism industry, or product designers and manufacturers.
The strategy comes at an exciting time for mountain biking in Scotland with the country due to host the UCI World Championships in 2023, new trail developments in the pipeline, success on the global stage from Scottish riders, a growing number of innovative tourism and product development businesses and a number of targeted participation programmes running across the country.
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:, “Mountain biking is a growing activity in Scotland and this revised and ambitious strategy is very timely.
“I welcome the strategy’s threefold aim to increase participation, to support developing athletes and to increase the economic contribution of the sector to the wider Scottish economy.
“Key to the successful delivery of the strategy will be the work of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, who play an important role in overseeing the strategy, and Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, who will drive forward innovation across Scottish mountain biking. That is why we have committed to investing in these organisations, allowing them to work towards a sustainable future.”
Graeme McLean, Head of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland said: “Our vision is for Scotland to be recognised as the leader of European mountain biking through innovative product development and tourism, participation and sport development, and sustainable trail development.
Our Mission by 2025 is to have:-
- Two million annual visits to the Scottish outdoors on a mountain bike an increase of 33%.
- A world champion or world series winner in every mountain bike discipline
- And to increase mountain biking’s annual total economic GVA contribution to £158m by 2025 an increase of 51%
The interest and support from Scottish Government into mountain biking is fantastic. It is clear that they share our vision for the opportunities that mountain biking can bring to Scotland and they are confident that we have a clear and coherent new strategy to achieve our growth potential. We welcome the investment and support and we look forward to continue to develop our working relationship with the Scottish Government.”
Lead Academic of the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCOS) and Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, Prof Geraint Florida-James says: “With the global cycling product market forecast at $64 billion by 2025, we are taking steps to ensure that Scottish companies are best placed to develop innovative products through collaborative knowledge exchange programmes to access this market. It truly is an exciting time to be involved with the cycling industry.
Innovation is one of the key themes of new strategy and MTBCOS will drive this theme forward with ambitious plans for a global innovation centre based in Scotland. This level of ambition would not be possible without the support of the Scottish Government and we are delighted that they will be supporting MTBCOS over the next 3 years.”