Details Announced for 'Roots' - German Mountain Bike Tourism Congress

Apr 21, 2021
by Mountain-Bike-Tourism-Forum  
Photo Dennis Stratmann

PRESS RELEASE: Roots - German Mountain Bike Tourism Congress

Come 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!


By D. Philpott
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

Marc Schl ssel im neuen Bike Kingdom Drop Bild f r Medienzwecke
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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Bike Congress 2021



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



28 Comments

  • 38 0
 „A lot has changed in over 40 years of mountain biking, but one thing has remained the same – the genuine feeling of freedom.“

Not in Germany it hasn’t, where old farts in the government push to ban bikes in the forests everywhere.
  • 8 0
 It's not like it's better in austria
  • 9 0
 @KalkhoffKiller: oh definitely not, the „mountainbike capital“ Innsbruck has essentially one legal trail. I’m from Germany myself and just moved here.
  • 6 0
 things were great here, but a few years ago, government started banning bikes from the woods. It was firstly triggered by increase of e-bike riders and secondly by the "Corona bike boom".
Hiking, running and hunting are still no problem though.....
  • 7 0
 @vhdh666: more often than not the issue comes up when hikers and runners start calling municipality and complain. Municipalities in most parts of Europe must react to such complaints. It is unlikely that somebody calls or e mails them saying: how awesome that bikes are allowed, thank you. Or: I want to complain on runners! I am scared of them when they run up fast a a mixed trail! Municipalities simply lack all sorts of random feedback from cyclists. Both negative and positive. And all the lobbies like horse riders and hunters only wait for is those negative reports from hikers.

We must be better at positive feedback so that they know that they are doing good job at council office. And if you meet a crazy old prick or woman who harass you for riding - report them!

Around my place folks have more negative reports against dog owners than bikers, followed shortly by horse riders. I know it for a fact. And they say they get almost ZERO positive fedback from different groups. They get it when one group gets a legal knife on their throat and is threatened to be banned. That's unnecessarily late.
  • 2 0
 @justwaki: Might have been true some time ago, but by now municipalities get tons of mail and suggestions. everywhere people try to figure out a way with their local municipalities to build something. but these old farts who own forests, or the state forest people, or simply the wood industry block everything.
forests become industrial areas or private shooting ranges rather than puplic used paths and trails.
if there is a trail, a harvester goes in and takes down some trees. trail gone. harvester track stays for 10 years.

positive feedback is money in officials accounts, nothing else
germany is pretty much the worst bike area i know. even austria is better, because they build stuff and make it legal.
  • 1 0
 @vhdh666: Which Canton(s) are you in? We luckily have very few problems in Basel-Stadt, Basel Land and Solothurn.
  • 1 0
 @korev: I live on the TG/SG border. We have short but nice trails though.
The forestry bodies communicated in 2019 like: since an increasing amount of e-bikers hit the woods .... police will check and fine ...
We founded a club and started to work with the cantonal government. it's tough though
  • 1 0
 @korev: I ride in VS a lot and there we rarely have problems (only one incident in 5 years). Everyone's friendly and sometimes we even have drinks with hikers on the marketplace of Visp, after meeting then on the trails
  • 22 0
 Can we have a minute of silence for the Bavarian MTB scene?
  • 9 1
 We will also have a Bavarian Panel there with all big tourism and advocacy organizations to discuss how we can deal with this.
  • 2 0
 @Mountain-Bike-Tourism-Forum: please also take the last marvel "ausgewildert" published by the ministry for landowners, hunters and agriculture into account, thanks.
  • 8 0
 I was really amazed to hear that they can even take your bike away from you. I'm sure they don't even do that when you drive a full size tractor through the forest, however for bikes they have to make an exception...
  • 13 0
 A minute of silence too for the ongoing 2-Meter situation in Baden-Württemberg where the police have nothing better to do than chase bikers in the forests around Stuttgart.
  • 6 0
 @cvoc: well, one of those groups of people has a strong lobby, the other does not. It's as simple as that.
  • 6 0
 @Muckal: Sadly that is true, around me it is the hunters/farmers who are listened to, their lazy man shooting seats are all over the place, it is impossible to go anywhere without passing a huge number of them, obviously they can't shoot if you ride past.

The message is ban bikes, save nature but really it should be the other way around, ride bikes, save nature.

I have never lived anywhere with so little wildlife before, equally I have never lived anywhere with so much hunting.
  • 1 0
 @cvoc: I have been to a conference at the university 2 years after Wallonia passed their 1995 law banning bikers from singletracks ("Décret Lutgen de circulation en forêt"). On the panel, there was a hunter, a tree logger, a forest guard and someone from O2Bikers, the belgian mtb magazine. The tree logger argued that animals were more afraid of mtbikers, as they were surprised and stressed, while those animals were coming close to their Timberjacks destroying the trails. I guess those animals were missing from the panel to give their position.
  • 4 0
 don't waste your mental energy believing that something is happening in Germany for the MTB sport. Apparently nobody here is able to recognize the potential that MTB offers for people and communities. It's not that many big brands come from Germany(YT, Canyon, Propain, Focus, Cube....), but apparently even this lobby is not enough.
  • 1 0
 Are you sure they're doing active lobby work? Never heard that they're doing something proactive, only donating money to some clubs that went through the ordeal of german bureaucracy.
  • 1 0
 At least pedelec sales are sky rocketing here..yeah..
  • 5 0
 Will support everything that helps change But in my experience, change goes where the most money is. And thats not people riding their bikes.
  • 6 0
 Nothing but impressed by their work so far. Awesome, can't wait!!
  • 4 3
 That's a lot of middle aged white men representing the global MTB community. I don't know what to make of this, I think I'm always a bit suspicious and distrustful of people trying to take ownership over the bike community, it feels like a play for power and influence. Especially considering Germany is not known for it's overwhelming support of trail networks.
  • 6 1
 "So we will welcome bike industry, tourism destinations, media, advocacy groups, politics, mountain bike clubs and communities."

As far as I can see they welcome anyone, you just have to take initiative. I don't see what the problem is.
  • 3 3
 Do you ride mountain bikes in the woods with your mates? Great, come and hear from a load of old white guys about what it is you think you are doing! and why you are doing it, and also how it can be monetised, and fit within an international strategy so it can be repackaged and sold back to you with consistent quality and user experience.
  • 1 0
 Germany is shit hole country when it comes to legal MTB-Trails. Yes we have limited space for people and nature, but when the government bans every single trail that has existed for decades as hiking trails anyways, you can't blame the scene for illegal trail building. Mountainbikers are still aliens.
  • 3 0
 Just gonna do it the good 'ol Judas Priest way: "Breaking the law, breaking the law...".
  • 2 0
 The logo uses a half link chain, that's not very efficient?

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