MTBA as the governing body for mountain biking in Australia has a role to play in the provision of advice and support to clubs and key stakeholders involved in the facilitation and development of MTB trails.
Professional and volunteer trail builders, clubs and land management agencies often have resources and equipment that make the task of constructing and maintaining trails and collecting trail usage data a whole lot easier – Handy trail tools are available on the Trail Resources webpage.
The idea to develop Australian standards/guidelines around the sustainable design and construction of mountain bike trails was raised with the mountain bike community by the MTBA CEO at the 2014 Australian MTB Summit held at Mt Buller.
At the 2015 Australian MTB Summit a project working group was established to investigate the options and methodology to develop national mountain bike trail standards and a professional mountain bike trail building certification framework.
Members of this initial working group are:
Consultation with land management agencies, trail builders, key MTB stakeholders and the wider MTB community will occur over the coming months prior to any action being taken on the preferred approach to both projects. By November 2016, the working group will aim to have investigated a range of options to deliver national mountain bike trail standards/guidelines and a professional trail building certification framework.
Members of the working group will deliver an update on this project at the 2016 Australian MTB Summit to be held at Mt Buller in early December.