Are you interested in developing and attracting mountain bike events to your area? Do you want to help develop the next generation of mountain bikers? Are you looking for funding sources for your next mountain bike project?

Then mark your calendar for the 2020 Blue Ridge Mountain Biking Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. Serve the future of mountain biking while shifting economic development, tourism, recreation and business into high gear in America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital and IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center.

Gordon Wadsworth, a professional mountain biker and Roanoke resident, will be headlining the conference as a keynote speaker.

“There is no better place to dive into mountain bike and outdoor tourism than the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge at the Blue Ridge Mountain Biking Conference,” he said. “As an epicenter of growth in the cycling industry, Roanoke, Virginia, is the perfect place to gather outdoor and economic development industry leaders and mountain bike stakeholders in one place with an eye toward developing more engaged, informed and prepared outdoor communities.”

The conference, created by Virginia Tech and presented by Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, will bring together stakeholders from around the region, from parks and recreation professionals and bike event organizers, to land managers and economic development authorities.

As more communities recognize the importance of mountain biking and outdoor recreation on the economy and health of a region, this conference is a chance to connect with other industry leaders and mountain biking enthusiasts in one place.

“Communities can leverage their outdoor assets to attract tourists, grow businesses, attract talent and influence their global narrative,” Beth Doughty, executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, said. “The outdoor economy creates significant economic impact if you know how to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Attend breakout sessions on how to build relationships with local governments and community members through public and private partnerships. Discuss ways to engage new groups of potential mountain bikers with other leaders in the field. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into building and maintaining trails.

While you’re in the area, discover all that Roanoke has to offer, including hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, food, and drinks.

The conference will be held May 6-8, 2020 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Register by February 21 before the price increases. If you’re dedicated to growing mountain biking tourism and recreation in your community, this is a conference you won’t want to miss.

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