May 5, 2023
Awards, prizes and campaign partners
The Take Care of Your Trails 23′ campaign is well underway, with events all over Europe currently taking place to maintain, protect and restore local trail networks. A key element of this campaign is to promote volunteer trail maintenance, and recognise the many volunteer trail clubs/associations who work week in, work out on their local trails. These trail champions are often not rewarded for the countless free hours they put back into their trails, and that’s why we like to highlight and reward these people through our various award categories and prizes.
Thanks to our supporting partners, we’ve put together some fantastic prize packs for winners of the award categories. This year we will be awarding the following awards and prizes.
OUTSTANDING LOCAL TRAIL CREW
This award will be given to the trail association / crew who has created the biggest impact during the campaign month of May. The criteria for this award includes;
- Most amount boots on the ground! (number of volunteers participating)
- Increasing youth participation in trail maintenance
- Being inclusive in volunteer recruitment
- Organizing regular trail maintenance days throughout the year
- Communicating and engaging well with their local community & local stakeholders
- Spreading positive ride vibes
PRIZES: The winning crew will receive a great prize pack including a Specialized limited edition Soil Searching Levo and selection of Dorte trail tools , both trail advocacy of partners of IMBA Europe.
PROTECT AND PRESERVE AWARD
This award will be awarded to the individual or crew who has a conservation project idea/proposal related to preservation/restoration of our natural environment.
PRIZE: The winner of the award will receive a total of 2500 euros towards their project proposal, sponsored by Wikiloc and Specialized.
TRAIL ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Every year we love to highlight “Trail Advocate Of The Year”. This is a special award where the nominee must be nominated by someone from their club, crew or just an admirer of their work.
PRIZES: The winners will receive a VIP Pro package thanks to Specialized + a 100 euro voucher from Dorte Tools.
YOUTH TRAIL ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
This year, one lucky youth will be awarded the “Youth Trail Advocate Of The Year”. This is a special award where the nominee must be nominated by someone from their club, crew or just an admirer of their work.
PRIZES: The winners will receive a VIP Pro package thanks to Specialized.
OUTSTANDING NATION TRAIL ASSOCIATION AWARD
The organisation who has lead (is leading) the way in trail advocacy work, community and capacity building within their nation.
The winning Trail Association will receive the Most Outstanding National Trail Association Award, to be presented at IMBA Europe’s Summit in Val Poschiavo, June 1st- 3rd. More details will be available closer to the date.
PRIZE: The winning association will receive a (1) Eco-Counter PYRO-Box people counter for a period of 1-year, which includes the accompanying data analysis software, professional assistance and consultation services from Eco-Counter to set up and manage count programs. Data plays an important role in advocating for mountain biking trails and infrastructure, and understanding how to gather data and how to apply it to advocacy efforts can be a critical component in these efforts.
A big thank you to our campaign partners, Specialized bicycles, Wikiloc, Eco-counter, Dorte Tools, WTB. You can find out more about our partners via the partner page