Great news for everyone eager to build their own trails. IMBA (Internation Mountain Bike Assosciation) will launch a pilot Trailbuilding Crew this autumn in the United Kingdom.
The UK Trailbuilding Crew is modeled after the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew that has led trailbuilding and maintenance projects worldwide since 1997. The pilot is made possible by the generous support of UK Forest Enterprise.
The UK Trailbuilding Crew will lead IMBA’s trailbuilding and advocacy efforts throughout the country. The team, which will be led by Dafydd Davis of Forest Enterprise, will lead four trailbuilding schools at FE recreation centers and will work with mountain bike clubs in Wales, England and Scotland. The crew’s goal is to help UK mountain bikers develop sustainable cross country and downhill trails.
“The pilot UK Trailbuilding Crew is our next step in supporting the UK mountain biking community,” said Judd de Vall, IMBA’s international co-ordinator. “UK mountain bikers need better trails and better trail access. IMBA understands what mountain bikers want and we have the tools and experience to help them achieve their goals.”
Dafydd Davis of FE added “We want to work with riders of all kinds, cross country, downhill and dirt jumpers to build trails in the right places and in the right way and forming a partnership with IMBA is the first step. Both FE and IMBA now have a wealth of experience in developing sustainable trails of the highest quality and IMBA are the leading organization world-wide involved in mountain bike advocacy and trail development.”
The UK Trailbuilding Crew’s schedule is:
August 25 – 26 Coed-y-Brenin, Wales
September 1-2 Dalby, England
September 8-9 Afan Argoed, Wales
September 15-16 Mabie Forest, Scotland
Each IMBA/FE Trailbuilding School will include relevant, hands-on education and plenty of riding and laid back social time. To make the schools available to the greatest number of people, attendance is free and basic camping facilities will be available at all events.
Each school is limited to the first 50 registrants though so riders who would like to attend must pre-register at IMBA.com or via phone at 07968 325291.