Nominations Open For The Scottish Mountain Bike Awards

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October 3, 2017

Nominations are now open for the Scottish Mountain Bike Awards, run by the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCOS). The event will be on the evening of the 16th of November, at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow. If you want to read more about the categories, or apply to try and win an award, you can find out more on their website. If you think you or your business should be a nominee, click on the categories to the left to find more information on each, plus application forms. Deadline is October the 12th, and there’s no fee to apply.

If you want to attend, you can also buy tickets through that link. £25 tickets are pretty cheap for an award show – in some industries, awards are run as an (eye-wateringly) profit-making business and charge many thousands for a table. Hats off to MTBCOS for making their awards show accessible to people and companies who aren’t rich.

Scottish Mountain Bike Awards
Last years awards. L to R: Moira Forsythe (Scottish Enterprise and board member of MTBCOS), Andy Parker (Flaer), Nick Muddle (Flaer).

So what’s the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland? They describe themselves as “Scotland’s national centre for mountain biking innovation and excellence”. It’s not a trail centre, and almost (but not quite) complicated enough to require a flow chart, but it’s basically a combination of Edinburgh Napier University and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), working with a host of funding bodies. Together, they’ve helped build £2.5 million worth of new trails, as well as promoting existing ones. Behind all that though, one of their primary aims is to support mountain biking related businesses in Scotland to develop new products and services. The trails up there obviously comprise a very important part of that, but there’s all sorts of business support that also needs to happen before rubber hits the trail – and that’s what they do.

The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCOS).
The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland has a number of contributing organisations.

Full release from Edinburgh Napier University:

Scottish mountain biking and its links with business and entrepreneurs will be celebrated next month at the annual Scottish Mountain Bike Awards.

Organised by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), in conjunction with the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS), the evening of celebration – which will take place on 16 November at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow – will recognise those that contribute towards making the sport world class in Scotland.

Nominations are now open, with award categories covering numerous areas including tourism, clubs, riders, accommodation providers, product manufacturers and community groups.

The awards will also celebrate the sector’s best innovations and collaborations with universities throughout the country.

Last year, Edinburgh Napier University took home the Best Scottish Business Collaboration with a University award after its work with Flaer was recognised.

Academics from the University worked with the company to develop the world’s first chain performance system for mountain bikes. The system automatically applies fluid to the chain as you ride, giving maximum power transfer to the wheel and smoother gearshifts.

The technology has continued to be developed and was recently used by the ORICA-SCOTT GreenEdge professional road cycling team throughout the season, including during this year’s Tour de France.

Professor Geraint Florida-James, lead academic of the MTBCoS, said: “We are delighted to again be involved with these awards to recognise all the great work and expertise going into developing the mountain bike industry. The work that we do at the MtBCoS supports companies who are developing innovative cycling products and services and this will be a great opportunity to recognise the talent we have on our doorstep.”

Danny Cowe, business development executive for MTBCoS, said: “We see these awards as another method of highlighting the great progress of Scottish companies and celebrating the fantastic scene in Scotland. We had a great response last year from Scottish businesses and we would urge any Scottish registered company with a mountain bike product or service to fill in an application form and take part in these awards.”

Graeme McLean, project manager at DMBinS, said: “Mountain biking brings increased participation – helping us to become a happier and healthier country alongside giving Scot’s the opportunity to succeed on the world stage along with brings economic benefit, often to some of our more remote areas.

“These awards will highlight and celebrate examples of great practice in these three areas which will help Scotland maintain its reputation as one of the leading countries in the world for mountain biking.”

The Scottish Mountain Bike Awards were devised last year, with 11 different categories, more than 3000 public votes and more than 50 applications. This year, the public will also choose the top Scottish mountain bike riders of the year and the Scottish event of the year.

Full details on the awards and its categories can be found at http://www.dmbins.com/developing/scottish-mtb-awards-2017/

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