Partnership in the French Alps
IMBA's Trail Solutions program works to develop and foster partnerships with professional trail builders all over the world. Trail Specialist Shane Wilson lent his expertise to Yannick Menneron of the Grenoble based trail building firm Bike Solutions. Their mission was to assess a portion of the trails that connect villages in the Haute Maurienne valley, high in the French Alps. The team's main goal is to create more purpose built mountain bicycle trails in the area and modify the existing routes to provide a network of fun and progressive routes. The local tourism council is committed to making improvements and additions to these trails which are part of the French Cycling Federation's officially recognized MTB Destinations program. This network features over 60,000 kilometers of bike friendly routes.