MTB icon Martyn Ashton to headline Scottish Mountain Bike Conference - Innovation Edition


Mountain biking legend Martyn Ashton will headline the second day of the internationally renowned Scottish Mountain Bike Conference – Innovation Edition, to be held at the Macdonald Highland Resort in Aviemore from 17th to 19th November 2016.

Martyn is a former British and World Champion mountain bike trials rider, stunt rider and team manager. He had been riding professional trials since 1993 and is a bone fide mountain biking legend. He has been credited with turning trials from a niche form of riding into the sport it is today. Ashton was paralysed in an accident in 2013, during a bike trials demo at the British Moto GP. He is inspiring, funny and describes himself as extraordinary from the waist up.  Innovative ideas and designs have helped Martyn get back in the saddle.  Always looking to the future and keen to motivate others, his long-term aim is to use his own breakthrough to help other disabled people experience the joy and freedom of cycling. 

Martyn explained his excitement about attending the conference said

“I accepted the invitation to speak at the conference with no hesitation and I am really excited to be involved in the event. I have a long history of mountain biking in Scotland, including one of my highlights of this year, when I rode the Fort William World Cup track in front of 15,000 fans. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in mountain biking and the innovations I have seen that have improved the sport – not only products but also athlete development, training, preparation, adventure. I will also give my opinion on the key innovations needed to help the sport progress and, after my accident, my new perspective on the innovations I think are required to help make mountain biking be more inclusive.”


Titled ‘The Innovation Edition’ the 3 day conference will promote and highlight innovations in mountain biking and how they will help mountain biking progress both in Scotland and internationally.

Martyn will headline the second day (18th November) of the conference which will be focussed on the interesting ideas and innovations associated with getting new participants in involved in mountain biking and creating pathways for athletes to progress to having success on the world stage.

The last day of the conference (19th November) will provide the opportunity for delegates to get outside and experience field visits to witness good practice in Scottish mountain biking including the UK’s only Enduro World Series qualifier provided by No Fuss Events in Kinlochleven. 

The conference will be an integral part of promoting Scotland in the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design.

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) will be the lead organiser of the event after a successful international conference in 2014 which attracted 230 delegates from 13 different countries. DMBinS will be in working partnership with VisitScotland, The Highland Council, Cairngorms National Park Authority and Cairngorms Business Partnership and the deliver an exceptional conference.

To be inspired by Martyn’s presentation and take advantage of the early bird rate for the conference - only available till 9th September - visit –





5 Sep 2016
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