Last week, Mark and I headed out to Trutnov in the Czech Republic, to host an IMBA Trail Solutions trail design course.
The event was organized by the Czech MTB association (CEMBA), which also featured talks by Pavel Hornik from Rychlebské Stezky and Tom Pro, head trail builder for the Whistler bike park.
Mark and I had both been present for the first trail design course two years ago, and so, were very much looking forward to returning and catching up with some old friends.
The focus of this year’s course was on planning and trail design. Identifying all the steps needed to create a sustainable mtb trial. We were warmly received by almost 40 attendees, many of whom attended the previous course.
The event was held in the trail centre of Trutnov Trails, an up and coming trail centre managed by Jan Rejl. The area, which is located close to the Polish border, has huge potential and many exciting plans in the pipeline for the future.
During the course, the attendees planned and mapped out a blue beginner/intermediate trail, which was to continue on from where Jan had previously built. The final result was a fully flagged piece of trail, ready for the build crew.
One of the highlights of the event, was the professional development of people since we last saw them only two years prior. As a direct result of the course, around fifteen participants had successfully gained employment as trail builders. Many of whom were keen to show off their various bike parks and trail centers. We were truly amazed and proud at the quality of their work and their dedication to building better places for people to ride.
In November, Mark and I will head out to Poland to host another IMBA Trail Solutions course and hopefully inspire many more people to bring sustainable mountain bike trails to their community.
A big thanks to Sandra and Ales from CEMBA for all their hard work.
See you out on the trails,