And the winner is…

Which country will win the title Best MTB Community of Europe after previous winners Denmark, Slovenia and France? Who will become Trail Advocate of the Year? And which crews are honoured as Outstanding Local Trail Crew?

Europe's Outstanding

Trail Crews

This year, there will be no award for’ Best Mountain Bike Community Europe’. We decided to skip this competitive element of our TCoYT campaign in view of the global COVID pandemic. This particular award was about the country with most participating volunteers per head of the MTB population. However, in this reopening and recovery period, we don’t want to encourage a competition about having the most or largest groups of volunteers. We are relieved we can ride our bikes again and like to keep it that way. So this years focus 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.

Instead of the Best Mountain Bike Community, we’re launching a new award category named ‘Outstanding Local Trail Crew’. Outstanding Trail Crews go beyond what you may expect from your local group of volunteers and provide inspirational stories for other groups.

These crews distinguish themselves by innovative and refreshing trail projects, by making a positive contribution to the local community, by protecting the places they love to ride. By creative volunteer recruitment strategies or by ways to make the MTB community more inclusive. If you think your volunteer group is or did something special and qualifies to become one of the Outstanding Local Trail Crews, then you should apply. Application opens the 21st of August, deadline for submissions is the September 30,  2020. Click HERE to open the application form.

Besides the honour, each crew will win a prize package provided by our campaign partners. We’re happy to announce the two packages, provided by Specialized and Schneestern.

Specialized Bicycles provides a Turbo Levo Hardtail with the Ibex Bike Trailer to carry all your trail tools & equipment! It never got easier to get to that remote, hard to reach piece of trail. No more walking and leave that car at home because this is the fastest way to get your trail crew up and running. Your only problem is to decide who’s next to ride the Turbo Levo.

Schneestern will provide your crew with 4 of their signature Shaper tools which combine 5 functions: it’s a pick, rake, tamper, shaper and hoe in one! And if that’s not enough, they will send one of their trail builders to train your local volunteers how to handle this versatile piece of trail building equipment. Schneestern builds pumptracks, bike parks and singletracks so learn from the pro’s!

This year's

Trail advocate

In 2019 we introduced the award category Trail advocate of the year. Winners Nynne Marie Bech (Trail Builders Copenhagen) and Tom Cole (Aberdeenshire Trail Association) showed what an amazing impact local advocacy heroes can have in their community. It’s obvious we’re looking for 2020 nominations to become Trail advocate of the year, both men and women.

This category honors passionate and tireless trail advocates for exceptional work in advancing mountain biking opportunities in their local community, region or even country. We all know trail fairies don’t exist and that it takes a lot of time to transform communities through mountain biking. We’re looking for those trail heroes (man and woman) that rolled up their sleeves, made a difference and deserve some recognition.

Rules
To become trail advocate of the year, you need to be nominated by your local trail crew members, your community representatives, land manager, colleague or bike buddy or maybe even by that board member or politician. We’re looking for both female and male candidates. Nominations should be sumbitted September 30, 2020 latest. If you know somebody that has been of great importance for mountain biking, worked to create trails or preserved access or started that awesome kids mountainbike program, than you should nominate him or her by using the following form.

Besides the honor, both winners will receive the Showers Pass IMBA Jacket. This feature-loaded lightweight yet durable waterproof-breathable hardshell is ready to hit the trails.The Showers Pass IMBA Jacket a unique combination of lightweight 2.5-layer hardshell waterproof breathable performance fabric, ventilation, and reinforced shoulders that seamlessly transition style, comfort and design from mountain bike to trail and, to everyday errands around town