On Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April 2015, the inaugural Scottish ‘Take Care of Your Trails’ weekend, trail repair groups, right across Scotland, from the Highlands to the Tweed Valley will join forces as part of a nationwide, coordinated weekend of volunteer-based trail maintenance events.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities will hit their local trails to take part in the event. The event is being organised by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), a project based within Scottish Cycling, the national governing body for cycling in Scotland.
Launching the event today, Graeme McLean from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland says:
“We are delighted to announce the first ever Scottish ‘Take Care of Your Trails’ weekend.
“Scotland has some of the best mountain biking trail provision in the world and those who spend time on these trails are keen to ensure that it stays that way.
“We believe that giving up time to help maintain local trails is something most mountain bikers can get behind. The sheer volume of volunteers taking part over the course of the weekend is going to make a huge difference. We’re really looking forward to seeing all the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots from across Scotland!”
Andy Wardman, Mountain Bike Ranger from Forestry Commission Scotland says:
“We are really looking forward to being part of this nationwide event, showcasing the good work of trail repair groups and encouraging more people to give it a try.
“Here at Glentress we host Scotland’s longest running trail repair group – the Glentress Trail Fairies. As such, we really get to see the impact of trail repair groups over time.
“The group’s efforts are invaluable in sustaining the world-class offering of trails that we have here in the Tweed Valley.”
Tom Veitch, a mountain biker who will be volunteering to take part in the initiative, says:
“I’ve got so much out of mountain biking over the years so I’m happy to give back some of my time to help maintain the trails.
“It’s really rewarding seeing the impact of your day’s work at these events plus you get the added feel-good factor next time you ride that trail.”
For locations and how to be a part of the weekend, visit www.dmbins.com