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  • An investment in a tangible infrastructure, supported by local government with a clear permit pathway.
  • Steady, reachable market with projected 10% CAGR within the fastest growing sport branch.
  • In-line with industry pillars outlined by EU growth policy.
  • Market studies indicate a clear unfulfilled gap, with eager customers (locally and located all across western Europe), willing to make the most of their treasured bikes all year round.
  • A combination of favorable factors: accessibility, excellent all-year-round weather conditions, natural environment, existing local tourism infrastructures and full collaboration with the local government entities.
 
 
 


Latest News

Emphasis on local environment

August, 2020

We met with TV Ripollès press this Friday in order to explain further the concept of our project and its beneficial impact on the region. It is not only possible but fundamental to us to support the economical development of the area in a sustainable way.

COVID-19 Lessons learned

June, 2020

The corona virus pandemic has had a profound impact on our world’s economy and social behaviors. Many industries suffered and only a few benefited from this new reality. Elevated MTB has closely observed its impact on the mountain biking and biking industry in general. Now that everyone is settling into a new reality, we can see that biking industry has flourished as a result of the new social distancing measures, which have strongly shifted team-based and indoor-based sport activities into outdoor activities and mountain biking in particular.

In Catalonia, following the relaxation of the confinement, bike sales jumped 30% from the pre-covid base, and bike repairs were up by 50%. Currently, many bikes are sold-out and new customers are forced to wait several months for new stock. The same is true for other countries in Europe such as the UK (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53023552), Germany, Benelux, France,... This growth has also had a major spill-over effect on mountain biking.

In Spain for example, the government encourages people to swap the beach for the mountains; moreover, the European Commission is strongly lobbying to re-emphasize the “inland rural” tourism.

As people return to outdoor activities, we have seen substantial increases in visitors at the local summer bike parks and mountain resorts, both in biker and hiker numbers. Actually, in contrast to gyms, swimming pools and indoor multisport facilities, bike parks are one of the few sports businesses that have been operating continuously since the lockdown was announced.
 

The Team is Expanding

May, 2020

As with any start-up the amount of work is hard to describe. Ambitious projects of this size have many parallel activities and that is why we are happy to see our team grow. We no longer have to do all the heavy lifting as we recruit individuals with relevant business skills and passion for the sport of Mountain Biking. Since establishing our company, we have added a project manager and a marketing and design expert with extensive industry experience.
Our latest addition is an architect who's background in large scale construction and understanding of local laws will help us navigate through construction and permit work. We are excited to see these individuals excel and help us execute our objectives and timelines.
 

In the News

April, 2020

After our successful signing with the city of Ripoll our project began to receive attention from local news outlets and became a topic of discussion among government officials. We are happy to share the video of the Mayor of Ripoll discussing Elevated MTB Bike Resort on a Catalan television channel.

ITB Canceled

March, 2020

ITB Berlin is the largest tourism congress in the world. Elevated MTB team was scheduled to participate and engage with tour operators and guides from across Europe to discuss promotion and opportunities to build all inclusive travel packages. We believe this is a great way to build a pipeline of future customers and affiliate marketeers who would list us as a must-do adventure while in Spain.
Unfortunately, the event was canceled due to the outbreak of COVid-19. Meeting has been moved till next year, and so was our registration.
See you next year ITB!

FCC Memo

March, 2020

Another important step for Elevated MTB is the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with the FCC (Federació Catalana de Ciclisme)! The FCC announced its collaboration with us via a press release on March 13th 2020.
The FCC is an organization behind the success of road biking in Catalonia and specifically in the province of Girona, making it an international road cycling destination. We look forward to collaborating together to develop an equal level of success for mountain bikes. It is obvious that the time for infrastructure development for mountain bikes in Catalonia has arrived. Both our organizations recognize the unfulfilled gap in the region, the size and potential of this demographic and synergies with other bike disciplines.

Signed with the City of Ripoll

February, 2020

Big step forward for Elevated MTB. We have signed an agreement with the city of Ripoll. Our team met with the city hall members in charge of helping us with the different steps to bring this project to a good end. Our cooperation was announced via a press release on March 1st 2020.

IQS Tech Conference

January, 2020

On January 23rd 2020, Elevated MTB spent the day at the IQS Tech Fest, meeting with other entrepreneurs and potential investors. Even though this was an event targeting tech companies, our project received a lot of genuine interest and enthusiasm. We have established promising contacts connected to local investor networks and consultants specialising in unique projects that boost economic development of the region. We look forward to the several calls and meetings which were set-up for the coming weeks.

Town Follow-up Meetings

December, 2019

We have been invited for follow-up meetings with a few of our selected towns. We have decided to prioritize the town of Ripoll. The government officials understand very well the potential of our target audience and believe our project complements some of the town's development objectives. We are accompanied by officials responsible for environment, economic development, land architects and the Mayor of the town. We are making great progress defining the requirements and next steps. The town of Ripoll has been very responsive and professional in our interactions.
We are looking forward to continuing the discussions after holidays and new year.

Pitching to Local Towns

October, 2019

The first round of meetings with the local towns is behind us. Location, Location, Location, we understand it very well and it is a crucial part of our business plan. Based on this criteria we have selected several towns that fit our requirement and were pleased when all wished to meet with us. Our proposal was very well received by multiple towns and we feel confident that further discussions will continue. These are our top tier locations and we made sure to explain broader benefits our project can bring to the towns and communities.

Feasibility Study

September, 2019

After many months of research and extensive work, our feasibility study is complete. It took a lot of work to consolidate the data of local and international markets. Many meetings took place to understand the project scope and who will need to be involved and at what stage. Our initial assumptions were verified with data and proven track record from other locations around the world that implement similar strategies. Here in Catalonia we have extra assets in our favor so we are excited to discuss the project with local towns and Catalan government representatives.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact us, as we have made parts of the document available for preliminary discussions with investors.
 

About Us

Szymon Kowalski

Co-Founder

+34 67 99 8631


  • Strategic business development, sales and marketing
  • Ex-professional downhill racer with in depth knowledge of the mountain bike market, industry and tourism
  • Degree in Chemistry and Physics from University of Colorado at Denver
  • For the past 10 years Szymon has been responsible for strategic marketing and commercialisation of medical devices across the entire region of EMEA. Managed market access including governmental affairs, regulatory framework, KOL relations and multi-million public tender agreements.
  • Start-up experience. Leading the sales and helping to grow the business 10-fold
  • Szymon strongly believes in strategic and ethical partnerships that yields Win-Win solutions
  • Passionate mountain biker who spent his earlier years competing all over the USA on a professional level while coaching young generation of future bikers. Active in local clubs and bicycle shop race teams bringing awareness to the sport and developing new customer base for the industry
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      Xavier Serret

      Co-Founder

      +34 649 019 750


    • Engineering degree in Computer Science by the UPC, MBA by the Solvay Business School of Brussels
    • Extensive international experience in the USA (3 years) , France (2), Belgium (12) , Spain (3), NL, UK, CH.
    • Passion for innovation included Technology domains including embedded computing, cryptography , databases, web-services, financial risk management applications, robotics and mechanical engineering
    • Founded two startups, the last one “WhiteCrow Tech” is fully dedicated to Mountain biking technology, which has achieved international recognition.
    • Vice President of the Barcelona SportsTech international initiative “Hub23”.
    • Member of the management committee of the CSRC at Barcelona in coordination with the “FCC” and the “Gremi de comercants de Bicicletes”.