Mountain Bike Operations Students at Capilano College Complete Semester One
After a rigourous three weeks, Capilano College's Mountain Bike Ops Class of 2013 is about to wrap up their first trail project under the tutalage of Jay Hoots of Hoots Inc. and Daniel Scott of IMBA Canada Trail Solutions.
Like every year to date, the first semester's project is all about building sustainable beginner trail. Why? Because it is the firm belief of the instructors that the students need to have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of trail design prior to getting wrapped up with the notions of "sick jumps, dirty berms, and rad wall rides". Instead, they learn the importance of understanding site hydrology, how other user types perceive trail specs, good drainage, and much more.
Now in its seventh year, the program continues to attract students from around the nation, continent, and globe. This year's class contains individuals from all over Canada, the United States, Brazil, and Switzerland.
For the third year running, Capilano has been building this first semester project in Kinnikinnick Park, situationed in the northwest quadrant of the town of Sechelt, found on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. What started as an experiment with uncertainties from the District, the neighbours, and even the instructors has now flourished into some absolutely beautiful, fun beginner trail. The local school kids (~450) have direct access to this area and school clubs are making the most of this new, evolving ammenity. Neighbours that were once skeptics are now stopping by to thank the students for all their hard work while out on their morning walk. Most importantly the students are learning how to build great trail while leaving a legacy in the community that has opened itself (and its forests) to this rambunctious group of young rippers.
Browse to the Capalino College's Mountain Bike Operations program for more information.
Photo by IMBA Canada's Daniel Scott.