And the winner is…

Who will become this years ‘Trail Advocate of the Year’? And which crews will be honoured as ‘Outstanding Local Trail Crew’?

Europe's Outstanding

Trail Crews

In view of the global COVID pandemic in 2020, the award for ‘Best Mountain Bike Community Europe’ was replaced by ‘Outstanding Trail Crew’, which will have an added flavour in 2021, with three subcategories to the award. The decision to remove ‘Best Mountain Bike Community Europe’ was made due to the fact that large scale events/gatherings were not advised, and prohibited in most parts of Europe. 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.

In 2021 we are excited to launch three new awards under the category ‘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. The three new categories will recognise

  1. Most Innovative trail crew
  2. Best inclusivity project by a Trail Crew
  3. Best Conservation Effort by a trail crew

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 May 1st, deadline for submissions is June 10th,  2021. Click HERE to open the application form.

Besides the honour of winning the award, each crew will win a prize package provided by our campaign partners. Which will be announced via our social media channels and website in the coming weeks. So stay tuned, start planning, and get your entries in for this years TCoYT campaign 2021!

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. One could argue that in 2020, and now again in 2021, trail advocacy is more important than ever, with increased demand and usership of the trails. The focus of the 2020 ‘covid’ edition of TCoYT focused on keeping it local, and our two winners, Mike Hanson from Woburn Bike Trails, and Corinne Dutretre from Vélo club du Pays de Fayence, were integral members in inspiring and engaging their communities to get involved.

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
In order 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 submitted by May 30 th, 2021 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 mountain bike program, than you should nominate him or her by using the following form.

Besides the honor, both winners will receive a prize package from our campaign sponsors, which will be announced in the coming weeks via our social media channels and website. So stay tuned, start planning your ‘action’, and let’s take care of some trails!