I was, nominally, the IMBA-UK rep for NW England about 6 years ago but got fed up with mountain bikers continually whining about lack of access and unsympathetic trail restoration (but not doing anything constructive about it) – so I buggered off to Vancouver BC 🙂
Strangely, they got the same problems here:
(Only joking – NSMBA are doing a superb job in revitalizing the North Shore trails but they have a much better volunteering attitude as well as industry support in Canada)Posted 4 years agoratherbeintobagoSubscriber
Given some of the recent postings on here/news re: trail sanitisation, I was wondering if there’s an organisation that represents MTBers. CTC do to an extent (and I am a member) but they’ve not really got a focus on this (especially given the letters moaning about an excess of effort on one group or another in the mag).
Is anyone involved in IMBA UK? Worh joining?
AndyPosted 4 years agolangyMember
really bigrich? I ride with the IMBA Australia Honchos down here and ride some pretty ballsy (often ‘shared’ 😉 ) trails. They love to build that stuff too. But often can’t.
It’s not that IMBA look to sanitise everything; it’s that to get most land owners to agree to trails they want stuff that ticks the ‘sustainable’, ‘insurable’ and ‘ridable by as many as possible’ boxes.
Outside of the ski areas, most of the other land managers don’t have the resources to offer much more than the ‘trail centre style three rises before a hairpin on a metre wide bench’ type trail. So that tends to be what you get by default…Posted 4 years agobigrichMember
I never said they were not good individual riders; I said the organisation tends to produce sanitised trails.
I think I’ll get ride down copperhead, oh-no! I can’t, as I fell asleep.
Now they’re off to bore up Bright.
the best trails are the ones built by the local clubs with parks Vic help; then the IMBA come along to stick thier noses in, call something blue with aspects of black, and take rocks out.
[EDIT] also, see skyline and the luge at Stromlo [\EDIT]
rant over.Posted 4 years ago
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