DIRTT Project


The DIRTT project (Developing Intereuropean Resources for Trail building Training) springs from the core of Europe’s mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, and professionals centered around the European branch of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA Europe). The aim is to develop an educational framework and professional training program for people active in the trail building sector, addressing the needs of professionals and volunteers in the field of of planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of mountain bike trails.


The partners in the project are from a number of backgrounds including advocacy organisations, sports associations, governmental- and educational institutions, tourism, as well as private enterprises in the MTB trail building sector. The countries involved are Switzerland, Portugal, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. The three-year project is coordinated by lead applicant Fagskolen Tinius Olsen, a college of higher vocational education in Norway. The project has been granted €387,731 through the European Union’s ERASMUS+ programme.  The three year project aims to develop an educational framework and a professional training program for mountain bike trail builders.

  • Fagskolen Tinius Olsen – Norway
  • International Mountain Bike Association Europe – Netherlands
  • Scottish Cyclists Union / DMBinS – Scotland
  • Edinburgh Napier University – Scotland
  • BikePlan – Switzerland
  • DGI Outdoor – Denmark
  • Município de Águeda – Portugal
  • Opplysningskontoret for Terrengsykling – Norway


  • Defining needs from stakeholders relating to planning construction and management of MTB trails
  • Develop and define the ‘Educational framework’ version 1.0
  • Develop content of the educational framework version 1.0
  • Train key personal at the partnering institutions in the educational framework
  • Update the educational framework into version 2.0
  • Dissemination of project results


As part of the second work package, a MTB trail sector survey has been executed by Napier Edinburgh University to define the training needs of various stakeholders and identify possible skills & knowledge gaps. In total, 121 survey respondents (representing organisations that operate in the domain of trail planning, design, construction and management) from 16 different European countries provided data suitable for inclusion in this project. The main findings of this report are that there is clear demand within the mountain bike trail sector for certified training, and that particular priority is based on the construction and maintenance sectors. Key themes for training requirements included but were not limited to sustainability, safety, drainage, and documentation. The final report is available as download.