Volunteer trail builders needed at Dalby

by singletrackjon 0

The Forestry Commission and volunteer trail building group SingleTraction are joining forces to help improve Dalby Forest’s already world class mountain biking network. They need your help t0 try and to re-establish a trail building group to help develop the 3,440 hectare area near Pickering, North Yorkshire.

Tapping it out at Dalby © Tony Bartholomew

If you want to get involved then an open meeting is going to be held at Dalby on Sunday 19th where people can find out more how to get involved in the future of the acclaimed 55km (36 mile) off-road network.

Trail-building days will be held on the third Sunday of every month and for those attending more than two a free Discovery Pass will be issued by the Forestry Commission, allowing free all-year round access to Dalby Forest.

Stuart Startup, Forestry Commission Bike Ranger, said:

“Over the years bikers have played a massive part in creating mountain routes in Dalby, building trail sections, advising on design and helping run events. We want to re-invigorate the grassroots by getting more people to sign up with Singletraction to claim a stake in Dalby’s development.”

Dalby attracts over 100,000 bikers annually and for the past two years it has been venue for the UCI World Cup Cross Country Mountain Bike Championship.  Historically, local mountain bike enthusiasts worked with the Forestry Commission to pioneer a colour coding system in Dalby used to denote the difficultly of routes, from black to blue, since rolled out throughout the UK.

Tim Sellors, Singletraction Chairman, said:

“We have 120 members dotted across Yorkshire making a major contribution to the development of mountain biking.  Dalby needs a strong local group to help refine and build on what is already a fantastic network of single trails.  This is a great opportunity to get involved.”

Free entry to Dalby will be granted to people attending the open meeting, which runs from 10am to 1pm in the Courtyard area at Low Dalby. More information from Stuart Startup on 07909 880325, or email stuart.startup@forestry.gsi.gov.uk