trail building

Nov 30, 2012, 12:41 pm

Trail design can sometimes be a pretty complicated endeavour. One must balance many considerations when adding new trail to an existing network. This includes the basics like user types, difficulty level, existing trails, and the ever present question of sustainability. Furthermore, different types of terrain provide additional challenges; a beginner trail in rooty and rocky terrain can require significant effort.

Nov 20, 2012, 9:06 pm

It can take quite a while for an organization or club representing a group of people to become an established part of the community. Especially when the club has to work with both local or regional governments, and at the same time establish a membership base which can support the activities and long term goals. Furthermore, when an organization is just starting out, the list of obstacles and challenges is often much larger than the lists of successes.

Nov 14, 2012, 2:38 pm

Last weekend, in my capacity as IMBA Canada's Quebec Coordinator, I attended a meeting in Sutton in the eastern townships. A group of bicyclists and trail users met in order to form a trail association. The goal is to organize and propose a network of trails in the area. Sutton has a great reputation amongst outdoor enthousiasts for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter but the bicyclists hope that they can put together a proposal to have trails designated for mountain biking as well as a few new trails in the area.

Oct 30, 2012, 2:30 pm

The residents of Jasper, AB, are typical of most residents in mountain towns for their ability in the outdoors. Whether on bike, foot, or horseback, most would be quite at home on a back country expedition or on above alpine technical trails.

Oct 8, 2012, 7:15 pm

Thanks to the dedicated efforts from members of the CABC and the support of the city, the trails around Red Deer, AB, are experiencing quite a rejuvenation. Years ago, a few key builders came to the city from Whistler and built an extensive bike park with very advanced features, including a 25+ foot tall corkscrew drop.

Oct 2, 2012, 6:04 pm

Located roughly 20 minutes south of Edmonton, the town of Devon, AB, may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think about cycling.

However, their recent city re-branding "Bike Town," is very quickly changing that.

The new initiative, launched in October of 2010, sets Devon apart from local towns and municipalities by advocating for cycling and active transportation, and engaging and supporting members of the community.

Sep 26, 2012, 2:22 am

It's 9pm on Sunday night, and most of us have our feet up after a day of work or play. But what is our host, Rob Woito of the Athabasca Recreational Trails Association, up to? He's busy organizing his next trail project with some local equipment operators.

Sep 11, 2012, 2:02 pm

Steinbach, Manitoba, is an unlikely place to find mountain bike trails. The historically Mennonite farming community has little in the way of elevation. However, what they lack in opportunities for new trails, they make up for in determination from a core group of local trail advocates.

Aug 28, 2012, 11:08 am

Flow (n).
1) Smoothness or Continuity
2) The state at being one with

If you're a mountain biker, chances are you have experienced flow. That rhythmic sensation where the boundaries between bike, body, and trail melt and leave many of us giggling like children at Christmas. It's similar to music, where our internal metronome can anticipate the next note in a song; or be delighted by an unexpected change.

Aug 14, 2012, 10:30 pm

When we think about the sustainability of trails, we often talk about how they have a low impact on the environment, or how they are environmentally friendly. Sometimes we overlook the fact that a sustainable trail also considers how people use the trail in order to manage risk and ensure they have a good time.

Such was the case for our visit in Wakefield, QC. With a particularly challenging sideslope – often reaching 50% – gaining elevation was quite hard on both users and the environment.