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Trail Building School In Czech Republic Achieves Record Attendance

IMBA Trail Solutions continued its work in Europe by delivering a Trail Building School in conjunction with CEMBA (Czech Mountain Bike Association) at the Rychlebské Stezky Trail Center near Cerna Voda, Czech Republic.

Project Manager Shane Wilson and Trail Specialist Mark McClure joined an international group of 45 delegates who traveled from across Europe to take part in the three-day school. Attendees came from Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Spain and even included two ex-pat American and British individuals.

The Trail Center Pub at Rychlebsky Stezky, which recently applied for IMBA Ride Center Status, was used as the presentation venue as well as a base for the practical training. The amazing terrain nearby allowed for the creation of an awesome trail section.  

The morning of the first day of the Trail Building School featured a theory presentation that was conducted indoors. Information about designing and constructing sustainable trails was presented to the participants by Shane and Mark within the confines of the newly opened Trail Pub, an old character-filled stone building with exposed wooden beams and a bar serving fresh food and local beers. Following a tasty lunch of soup and goulash the afternoon session allowed the group to experiment with clinometers and flag a new trail section. Trail Solutions staff explained safe working practices and tool handling techniques whilst constructing a short section of bench cut trail as a demonstration.

Working in conjunction with Pavel Hornick, who manages the trails at the site, the group constructed 350m of new trail over the following two days. This route will form the basis of the final section of the existing Super Flow trail.  

The forest at Rychlebsky Stezky is peppered with rock, which the group utilized to full effect constructing challenging option lines along the corridor of the main singletrack flow trail. Builders were surprised at how a shallow grade could produce safe, sustainable, yet fun trail, with options for a wide variety of skill levels.

A massive thanks and congratulations goes to all involved, especially Sandra and Alés from CEMBA who were vital in organizing one of our most successful European Trail Building Schools to date.

To find out more information about organizing a trail building school in your area please contact shane [dot] wilson [at] imba [dot] com

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