The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is working with the United Kingdom’s Forest Enterprise to develop key mountain bike parks for UK cyclists. The crew led two IMBA Trailbuilding Schools and several workdays in Wales and Scotland.
These events will be followed by other cooperative projects that link IMBA, Forest Enterprise and members of the UK cycling industry in 2000 and beyond. Paddy Harrop, Development Officer for Forest Enterprises, said, “The schools give land managers and race promoters the solutions that they need to develop excellent and more-cyclist oriented trail systems throughout the UK. “
The Trailbuilding Schools and trail-work days attracted land managers, race promoters and IMBA members from Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Joey Klein and Kathy Summers, IMBA trailbuilding professionals who will work this year in the U.S. and Canada to build and maintain shared-use and mountain-bike-specific trails, taught the school.
Participants and clubs at IMBA’s Trailbuilding Schools in Ae, Scotland, and Coed y Brenin, Wales, received free trailwork tools, donated by RockShox and IMBA. These tools will be used to build and maintain trail systems for mountain bikers.
In addition to classroom lessons on trail design, construction, maintenance and signing techniques, school participants evaluated sections of the Ae, Scotland downhill course, and the Redbull and Carrimor routes in Coed y Brenin, Wales. A key goal of the schools was to teach participants how to build and repair trails that are long-lasting and fun to ride.
Founded in 1988, IMBA works to keep trails open and in good condition for everyone. RockShox has been IMBA’s No. 1 bike industry supporter since 1996.
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