On a slightly different note, I feel like I have to mention Mark McClures recent trip to Greece. If you have seen the posts on Facebook recently you may have noticed the positive impact Mark and the rest of the IMBA http://imba.org.uk/ crew had on the Greek community. Mark went out there to conduct a trail building school to 40 passionate builders and bikers, check this blog post from another IMBA representative http://ow.ly/f46jZ
What struck me is how enthusiastic and motivated the Greeks were about mountain biking and trail building. From the stories I have been told from Mark, the small things we sometimes take for granted over here mean so much to those people over in Greece, one guy was saying to Mark “we are 15 years behind you guys”, Mark explained maybe yes politically, socially and environmentally but not that much in terms of mountain biking. Mark noticed there is a huge mountain biking and downhill scene out there, just no resources and facilities to back it up. I found it amazing that when Mark and co had finished their work out there (400 metres of new trail), the Greeks who were involved brought all their family and friends along to share the experience and celebrate. This short statement taken from the above linked blog post summed it up for me, ‘Trails may not change the world, but they do create communities’.
Without sounding too clichéd, I really think the work IMBA represents and teaches is great for our sport. It is binding people/communities together that brings the best out of our race thus producing a much better and productive way of life. In my opinion I think more economically developed countries like us (UK) can become too complacent and forget the basics and small things that really count.
I for one believe encouraging a community and people focused method of working is the way forward. We have tried and are still trying to imitate and promote community work in our country, but is it the same? Is it working? I don’t know, but I do know we at Dirt Factory believe we can make a difference in peoples lives by actively promoting community work and making it enjoyable for everyone through providing a unique fun indoor mountain bike experience.
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