The full programme for the Scottish Mountain Biking Conference 2014 – International Edition, which is supported by the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund and Scottish Borders Council, was unveiled last month at Peebles Hydro.
It is estimated the event, which will be attended by more than 200 mountain biking experts from the likes of New Zealand, Whistler in Canada and across the UK, will generate more than £250,000 for the economy.
Swiss cyclist Hans "No Way" Rey, known as the world’s foremost adventure rider, will also be speaking at the event, which takes place at the Borders venue from 11-13 November.
As well as speeches and workshops, the conference will also include a number of field visits throughout Scotland, including the Scottish Mountain Bike Centre at Glentress, the World Cup trail at Fort William and the Commonwealth Games trail at Cathkin Braes in Glasgow.
Among the topics on the agenda will be the ongoing development of mountain biking tourism and the main issues facing the industry, with the overall aim to highlight the quality of mountain biking in Scotland to an international audience.
The conference is headed up by Graeme McLean, project manager at Developing Mountain Biking for Scotland, part of Scottish Cycling.
McLean said: "Scotland is one of the best locations in the world to go mountain biking. We have fantastic facilities for visitors, and Scottish people, with more than 30 purpose-built trail centres spread across the country and our access laws allow us to responsibly ride most trails and paths across the country. Scotland is a key mountain biking innovator in terms of trails and facilities development, skills progression and sustainable development, however we are interested in learning best practice from around the world and bringing it to Scotland. We believe that the conference will help this growing sport reach its full potential."
Kerry Watson of VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team said: "Mountain biking is hugely popular in Scotland, and its popularity will only continue to grow following the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Combining stunning scenery with state-of-the-art facilities, the Tweed Valley is a natural choice for this international conference, and we are delighted to help make this exciting event possible through the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund."
Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing added that Scotland’s outdoor sports industry is an important part of the destination's overall economy.