PRESS RELEASE: Roots - German Mountain Bike Tourism CongressCome along on a 3-day journey around the MTB-globe and experience best-practice from Tasmania to the United States, from South Africa to Switzerland and connect with the international biking community. With simultaneous translations in English and other European languages this venue is going to break barriers and bring our community closer together. The MTB-matchmaking module enables exchange and takes professional networking to a new level. So we will welcome bike industry, tourism destinations, media, advocacy groups, politics, mountain bike clubs and communities.
Become part of the network, join the sixth German Mountain Bike Tourism Congress!
The MTB Hall of Fame Inductee Glen Jacobs and Enduro World Series Director Chris Ball
Kevin Vermaak, the founder of the Absa Cape Epic and MTB-Legend Hans "No Way" Rey
Graeme McLean of DmbinS and Marc Schlüssel of Bike Kingdom Lenzerheide
Gravel-enthusiast Gunnar Fehlau and Gary Vernon of the Walton Fondation
Olve Norderhaug of Trysil Bike Arena and Germany´s Jasper Jauch
A lot has changed in over 40 years of mountain biking, but one thing has remained the same – the genuine feeling of freedom. When conventions were broken on the West Coast of North America and a handful of revolutionary two-wheeled enthusiasts in dazzling lycra-outfits and ski goggles took their bikes to the mountains, not only was the foundation for our passion laid, but the first chapter of a worldwide success story was written. These are our ROOTS.
The road to present days has been a long one. The ski goggles were replaced, the bikes improved and the story continued. From rigid forks to full-suspension chassis with e-drive, from a local phenomenon to global fame, from a niche sport to a mass sport that transcends society.
With none other than Hans "No Way" Rey we take a look at our origins and together with him we dive into the early years of the sport. Inspiring stories and entertaining anecdotes are guaranteed. As a contemporary witness Hans also accompanies us in the evolution of the sport up to the present day. Because currently the sport is changing as never before: more participants, more offers, more technical innovations. Where are we heading? Where is this journey guiding us? How much change is needed? How much change is healthy? Is there a limit to growth and credibility? What does change mean for those who create and operate the offers?
We, as an ever-expanding bike community, are facing the challenges of our time. So let’s convene and take a close look at best practices from around the globe to plant our seeds responsibly. Together with Gary Vernon, we highlight the projects of the Walton Foundation
, which is working to improve the quality of life in Arkansas with a 600+ mile trail network. With legendary trail builder Glen Jacobs
, we take you to faraway Tasmania to see how mountain biking has given new life to a declining village. But we won't be missing out on the racing action either: we're looking forward to welcoming Chris Ball – the man behind the Enduro World Series
– presenting the Spirit of Enduro. And with Kevin Vermaak,
the founder of the Cape Epic
– the Tour de France of mountain biking – we take an exciting look behind the scenes of the toughest MTB stage race in the world. In addition, we will present forward-looking concepts, such as the Trysil Trail Park
in Norway or Scotland´s exceptional MTB-strategy
and much more.
With further top-class international speakers, lectures and studies this digital conference provides valuable insights for the professional development of destinations and local trails. ROOTS – the sixth German Mountain Bike Tourism Congress – sheds light on topics of significance for everyone serious about mountain bike development, advocacy and the biking community at large. Come join us for three packed days for those who shape the future of biking.
Your ultimate ticket to the biking world!
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About the Mountain Bike Tourism Forum Germany
With the founding of the German Mountain Bike Tourism Forum in 2014, the foundation was laid for the professionalization of the national mountain bike tourism industry. Since then, the Mountain Bike Tourism Forum of Germany has served as an essential interface for all stakeholders involved, acting as a space for networking and dialogue and facilitating the exchange necessary to establish world-class MTB destinations. The forum sees itself as a think tank and idea generator for the sustainable development of the rural tourism area for the industry's stakeholders - for tourism professionals and hosts, guides and organizers, politics and administration, forestry and nature parks, manufacturers and retailers, product developers and trail builders, academics and trade associations, media representatives and trade fairs, consultants and investors. With the "Mountain Bike Monitor" we are responsible for the most comprehensive survey of mountain bike guests worldwide. This survey of German-speaking mountain biking guests, their needs and values is representative of the population and is based on the data of almost 12,000 respondents. We cooperate with universities and colleges in Germany and abroad. We develop guidelines for the development of MTB tourism offers and thus support European municipalities and regions in the design of demand-oriented year-round offers that enable sustainable economic success. In addition, we take care of the creation and design of favor-able framework conditions on topics such as the promotion of young talent, sustainable trail construction, visitor guidance, nature conservation and insurance issues.
The German Mountain Bike Tourism Forum promotes the exchange of know-how and the establishment of standards. With the first German Mountain Bike Tourism Congress in 2015, the basis for knowledge transfer and exchange with all professional stakeholders of the industry was created for the first time. This annual 3-day knowledge and networking event has established itself as an authority and addresses essential topics for the development of touristic MTB projects and provides those responsible with argumentation and guidelines for the realization of high-quality and attractive destinations. The transfer of well-founded and field-tested knowledge enables participants to anchor MTB tourism in rural and urban development even better and more effectively. For more information follow this link