Take Action, Give Back!

Do you enjoy mountain biking on your amazing local trails? Want to make sure they stay that way? Well, we need your help! Take Care of Your Trails is our annual campaign to encourage and promote volunteer based trail maintenance events across Europe. The campaign will highlight all trail repair, clean-up and build efforts from trail crews and volunteers across Europe. In 2023 we want to make a big effort to boost youth participation in trail maintenance, and for the first time ever, we will be awarding one deserving winner the ‘Youth Trail Advocate of the Year Award’.

 

TCoYT 2022 results

In 2022, 92 activities took place in 16 EU countries with more than 1000 volunteers contributing 6900+ hours of volunteer work. A big THANK YOU to all trail crews, local heroes, partners and sponsors that contributed to the 2022 campaign! We at IMBA Europe, see great value in running another campaign in 2023. We believe as a community, we need to continue to move forward, and give back to the environment that allows us to enjoy our passion, mountain biking. From picking up trash on your local trails, to lending a hand on a ‘dig day’, all these actions help to maintain and secure the sustainability and future of mountain biking in our communities.

 

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  • Mark your calendars! TCoYT is back in May 2023

    Getting our youth outdoors, active and engaged with our trails!   Take care of Your...

  • Fee Wallace- Our Trail Advocate of the year award winner!!

    You know that one person who just goes above and beyond what is expected of them? That person...

  • Outstanding Local Trail Crew (runners up)- Biketrails Valencia

    The Take Care of Your Trails campaign highlighted the fantastic voluntary contribution of the...

And the winner is...

Awards

The 2022 TCoYT campaign was another edition to remember. Lessons were learned, inspiring stories were told, and the outstanding crews and individuals were recognised and rewarded for their efforts. We had a target in our head that we wanted to surpass the numbers of 2019. But actually, what we learned is that focusing purely on numbers isn’t a measurement of success. The success of this campaign is recruiting and maintaining a strong community of volunteers, that will show up week in week out.  Not only that, but educating and encouraging the participating crews to be more aware of the natural environment, and how we engage with these natural spaces. It’s also an opportunity to be more inclusive in how we recruit people to participate in trail maintenance events.

Since the inauguration of Take Care of Your Trails in 2017, this campaign has grown into something so much more than friendly competition between crews across Europe. This is an opportunity for mountain bikers to take responsibility for their environments, to lend a hand, and build better relationships within the whole MTB sector. We want to reward and highlight the individuals and groups who are creating the biggest impact in their local communities and are contributing to positive change in their communities. In 2022 we awarded crews based on the following categories:

    1. “Outstanding trail crew “– The crews that are creating positive change in their community through being inclusive in their volunteer recruitment, organizing regular trail maintenance days throughout the year, communicating and engaging well with their local community and spreading positive ride vibes
    2. “Most Outstanding National Mountain Bike Association” award emphasizes the importance of national trail associations and their created impact on their communities and trail networks.
    3.  “Protect and preserve award”– is awarded based on the best community led conservation idea/proposal from a trail crew or association.
    4. “Trail advocate of the year award”– Rewarding the individual who goes above and beyond for their local trails and association. This award is given to an individual who has distinguished them self in hours and service to trail maintenance during the past year.

The focus as always will be more on the quality of local crews and the positive impact they can have on their community and the protection of the places they love to ride.

Meet all winners
Awards

Very useful tips

For trail crews

Be wise... take some advice!

  • Tip icon (negative) Never use your shovel as a weapon

  • Tip icon (positive) Sing songs to keep up the spirit!

  • Tip icon (negative) Don't yell at people in public...

  • Tip icon (positive) Give your crew enough compliments