DMBinS Launch Scottish MTB Ride Guide with Decathlon

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Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) has announced the launch of their new Scottish MTB ride guide. Created in partnership with Decathlon, the guide is aimed at people new to the sport.

The guide details where to ride, what to wear, what to think about before riding and more. This kind of initiative should ensure people who are new to mountain biking will know what to expect. This is another example of how DMBinS are pushing the sport. This guide, and working with a wider network should help to raise the profile of MTB.

Scottish MTB Ride Guide

The release reads:

Scottish MTB Ride Guide

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and Decathlon, are launching a new resource aimed at promoting mountain biking/off-road cycling. The goal is to provide key information in bitesize format – perfect for those new to the sport.

The increase in people looking for new adventures closer to home and seeking new ways to enjoy the outdoors, largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen an astronomical rise in the numbers looking to try cycling and mountain biking, either for the first time, or renewing a former passion.

It was recognised that there was an opportunity to reach out to a new audience. To help them make the right choices around what kit they need and the opportunities for riding across Scotland. It will also help inform them of their rights and responsibilities when adventuring on two wheels.

As a result, DMBinS have worked with Decathlon to help provide their customers, and those would-be mountain bikers, with all the information they needed to get started, via our handy Scottish MTB Ride Guide.

Scottish MTB Ride Guide

A New Partnership

We were extremely keen to be involved with Decathlon on this exciting and timely project. The rise in the number of people accessing the outdoors and venturing into our trail centres, countryside and wild spaces by bike has been incredible. Part of our role within DMBinS is to increase participation in our sport in a sustainable way. As well as spreading messages of good practice and highlighting our rights and responsibilities, as to how we access the outdoors.

There are so many opportunities for great riding here in Scotland. From purpose-built trail centres and tracks to natural adventures that make the most of our progressive outdoor access legislation. This opportunity to reach a large number of people, many of whom are new to the sport, and provide them with the best places to ride, things they need to consider and information about our responsibilities as we do so, was warmly welcomed.

We recognised that Decathlon are a fantastic option for people who are accessing a sport for the first time, or are trying a second hobby! We look forward to supporting Decathlon through this launch and getting this message out to as many people as possible.

Graeme McLean, Head of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland
Scottish MTB Ride Guide

We are delighted to have worked with the team at DMBinS to produce this new resource. The guide provides advice to those trying out mountain biking for the first time. The information will help people make the right choices for kit and will give them what they need to get the best out of their experiences. It will show them the best places to ride and help them make the most of their holidays at home.

Ben Hatton-London, Decathlon UK Scotland Leader

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  • Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    That’s rather good.
    Solid advice, lovely pictures, nice listing of some starter places to ride.

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    Agreed, good to see the recommended kit list is generic parts rather than named expensive bits.

    Premier Icon sillyoldman
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    Would have been nice to see them work with an independent Scottish company. Maybe none were interested?

    Re generic part lists – hardly a surprise as that’s precisely what Decathlon stock, so that’s what they’ll recommend.

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    Agreed, but it also helps get people in as the initial costs can be reduced due to the range of kit on offer rather than a sponsorship recommending the flagship kit that costs way more than other things.

    Premier Icon docrobster
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    Doesn’t mention smidge or nets… I’m oot

    “Would have been nice to see them work with an independent Scottish company. Maybe none were interested?”

    Nah, partnering with Decathlon makes perfect sense. Most folks just starting out in mountain biking aren’t going to be ordering a load of Findra clothing or a custom Shand. And DMBinS are already involved in initiatives that support independent Scottish companies, like this industry showcase at their last conference.

    Premier Icon sillyoldman
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    The vast majority of independent retailers pitch themselves at mass market, not Gucci stuff.

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