By Matt Timmins
Parks planners, media specialists, athletes, government and industry professionals and others involved in mountain biking across B.C. have gathered in Revelstoke this week for the MTB Tourism Symposium.
Workshops, discussion panels and speakers have been running all day at the Revelstoke Community Centre, followed by group rides at the end of each day led by locals, showcasing some of Revelstoke’s best trails.
Topics such as the media’s role in trail sustainability, responsible backcountry mountain biking were discussed Friday, while Thursday’s sessions included managing mountain bike trails and opportunities for mountain bike tourism and building relationships with First Nations communities.
The symposium coincides with the Revelstoke Bike Fest, which runs all weekend and includes Boulder Shuttles with Wandering Wheels (booking required) on Friday, a Mountain Bike Film Festival at the River City Pub at 9 pm on Friday, raising funds for the Revelstoke Cycling Association, and group rides on iconic Revelstoke trails like Frisby Ridge, Keystone, Joss Mountain, and Heli-drops on Mt Cartier.
More info on Bike Fest can be found at the Bike Fest Revelstoke Facebook page.