IMBA Italia announces its 4th consecutive edition of its Trail Building School that will take place from the 12th to the 13th of May 2018 in Riva del Garda (Italy).
The first edition took place in Porretta Terme in the Reno river valley near Bologna and it was hosted by ASD Happy Trail MTB. The second edition took place in Turin (2016) in collaboration with the Park Authority Ente Parco Collina Po and it started a broader collaboration with the Park in terms of trail advocacy for mountain biking and by making IMBA a member of the panel for the management of the park trail network. IMBA Italia organized the 2017 TBS in the region of Trentino with APT Val di Sole and Val di Sole Bikeland. In this last TBS participants worked on new trails with the goal to train teams of trail builders to further develop and manage the local trail system.
After much anticipation, IMBA is pleased to announce the 2018 edition is the stunning setting of Lake Garda thanks to the partnership with of Garda Trentino S.p.A. and AGBA Alto Garda Bike Arena. Garda Trentino (Italy) has always being a sought after destination for bikers from all over the world. The variety of trails and itineraries framed by the unique Garda Lake attract all sort of riders in terms of ability and MTB disciplines.
Garda Trentino is also famed for its many grand events such as the Bike Festival Garda Trentino – with hundreds of thousands of international participants – that is the perfect stage for the main MTB brands presenting their products. Worth of mention are of course the Transalp itineraries and the legendary Bike Marathon. Other events for gravity riders include the Welcome Season and the King of Baldo respectively at the beginning and at the end of the season. A new event has entered this dense calendar last year: the EMTB ADVENTURE is an Emtb festival running from October 12th through October 14th. Garda Trentino clearly welcomes the whole mountain biking community with a great atmosphere, excellent bike friendly hospitality, professional guiding services, and cutting edge shops and bike rents.
At Garda Trentino we are pleased to host this year’s TBS in partnership with IMBA and with the local Alto Garda Bike Arena that manages the Bike Park Garda Trentino and that works with us at consistently bettering the MTB offer. It is both a challenge and an opportunity to offer ou r territory to train professional trail builders during an IMBA TBS. It will be a great event for all participants and for our community. Garda Trentino is more than ever a Bike Friendly Destination that aims to expand and improve its offer; we look forward to welcoming everyone! —Roberta Maraschin, Garda Trentino Director
The format involves 4 hrs of theory to study the fundamentals of trail building, and 12 hrs of practical work on actual trails. Forty will be the participants from Italy and other European countries.
These are some of the things participants will learn:
- Characteristics of a sustainable trail,
- The importance of a good design,
- How and where to use rocks,
- How to design with the right gradient,
- Criteria for multi-use trails,
- Water shading and erosion,
- Tools and safety,
- How to deal with trails that are not sustainable.
All participants will receive the slides of the course in electronic format (Italian or English). Upon completion, participants will receive a TBS IMBA Certificate.
Price of the course € 170.
Reduced price for IMBA Italia members and supporters € 150.