UK MTB Trail Alliance Launches its Crowdfund.

Bringing together over 100 trail associations, bike parks and other trail groups, the UK MTB Trail Alliance has launched with a crowdfund.

A stacked board of trustees sees the UK MTB Trail Alliance in good hands as they officially launch along with a crowdfund to help them look after your trails.

As the number of bike parks, trail associations and other trail groups has grown, there’s been little to bring them together until now. Founded by Robin Grant, who is the organisation’s chair, the UK MTB Trail Alliance is a focal point to pool resources, to share experience and support.

Read the full press release below.

The UK MTB Trail Alliance is dedicated to supporting trail associations, bike parks and informal trail groups. We’re here to advocate for UK riders and their trails.

As mountain biking has grown, the absence of a national body to advocate for the UK’s trails has left them unsupported and vulnerable. The UK MTB Trail Alliance now offers trail associations, bike parks and informal trail groups the chance to share knowledge and pool their influence. With over 100 groups already on board, today’s official launch seeks support from riders to accelerate the progress already made by contributing to our crowdfunding campaign.

The UK MTB Trail Alliance will protect and improve our amazing but fragile network of official and unofficial trails, by giving them the support and the representation they need. But we can’t do it without your help. Think about what trails mean to you, contribute what you can, and spread the word” – Robin Grant, founder and chair of the UK MTB Trail Alliance

The UK MTB Trail Alliance – By riders, for riders

The UK MTB Trail Alliance brings together over 100 of the UK’s trail associations, bike parks and informal trail groups to share knowledge and best practice and to give them a voice at a national level. We will advocate for the UK’s riders and their trails, building relationships with national landowners, governing bodies and national governments, to foster a more progressive approach.

We’re aiming for a future with better and more sustainable trails – where trails have the resources, volunteers, knowledge and permission to prosper. One where fewer unofficial trails are shut down – because we’re able to work with landowners to allay and mitigate their concerns, and help local communities take on their management.

There’s a lot of great momentum growing around mountain biking and trails at the moment, and it’s important riders, trail builders and trail stewards have a voice. Support the crowdfund with what you can, to make sure we collectively have a seat at the table where decisions are made.”Manon Carpenter, trail advocate, Specialized Soil Searching and Patagonia ambassador and UK MTB Trail Alliance trustee

Already active and delivering

Behind the scenes, the UK MTB Trail Alliance has already brought benefits to your trails. We’ve provided hands-on support to groups up and down the country. We’ve convened conversations with experts on a range of topics to help our members on monthly Zoom calls. We’ve engaged with the UK Trails Project and their ‘right trail, right place, right people, right time’ report. We’ve partnered with Welsh Cycling on the launch of the Developing Mountain Biking in Wales project.

We’ve built relationships with landowners like Forestry England & NRW, national governing bodies like British Cycling and Cycling UK, and national government departments like DEFRA. In a short time, we have already demonstrated the benefits that collaboration and a collective voice can bring.

Pre-launch, the UK MTB Trail Alliance have already gone above and beyond to provide advice and support to Wyllie Bike Park and Risca Riders. The alliance offers so much promise for helping trail groups and the trails they look after grow. If you’re passionate about trails, please donate what you can.” Jo Atkinson, Wyllie Bike Park and Risca Riders

Fox Boa Leaderboard 2024

NRW are in support of the UK MTB Trail Alliance, who we hope can help with the sustainable management of trails on the land in our care.”Dave Liddy, lead specialist advisor recreation safety at Natural Resources Wales

It’s fantastic to see the momentum that the UK MTB Trail Alliance is building, and to see so much new energy being poured into trail accessTom Hutton, former board member of OpenMTB

The Trail Hub

The Trail Hub is the UK MTB Trail Alliance’s knowledge sharing platform. It’s launched to over 200 users from trail associations, bike parks and informal trail groups. Its Library contains an array of useful information such as guides to funding, training, safeguarding, planning permission for trails, landowners’ liability, trail advocacy case studies, academic research and a host of other resources.

There’s lots of discussion developing on the Trail Hub too, from how to map your trails, First Aid provision at bike parks, dedicated ebike climbs to favourite trail tools. The idea is if members have questions that other members might be able to help answer, they get on the Trail Hub and ask!

Request access to the Trail Hub here.

It’s great that trail associations across the UK finally have a home and place to share good practice, support and experience. To build better trails and communities, making mountain biking a better space for all”. Henry Norman, founder and director of Ride Sheffield

Help us to protect your trails

The UK MTB Trail Alliance will be set up as a registered charity and governed by a board of unpaid trustees. Although volunteer-run with no salaries, this work costs money – there are membership fees for professional bodies in order to lobby and influence, the admin costs of setting up and running a charity, and expenses to cover. We’re inviting all UK MTB riders who care about the future of their trails to invest what they can to make that future brighter. Our GoFundMe campaign aims to raise £10,000 to help cover our year-one costs.

Support us here.

There is a real need for a national body that can make trail builders’ lives easier. Be that dealing with red-tape, knowing how to build trails that will last, or just simply being able to chat with others in the same boat. If you can’t spare the time but can spare a tenner, donate now to the alliance’s GoFundMe”Andy Davies, chair of Dean Trail Volunteers

Our Trustees include representatives from small informal trail groups, big commercial bike parks, established trail associations to community-run trails, and from the four nations of the UK:

  • Robin Grant – Founder and chair of the UK MTB Trail Alliance, trustee of Cycling UK, ex-ad agency CEO and successful entrepreneur
  • Ian Warby – Founder of Aston Hill Bike Park, former CTC off-road lead and IMBA UK board member and proprietor of Firecrest Mountain Biking
  • Manon Carpenter – Trail advocate, ex-world champion downhiller, Specialized Soil Searching and Patagonia ambassador, IMBA Europe board member and North Cardiff Trails committee member
  • Ali Hair – Chair of Trash Free Cambu, an informal trail group in Cambusbarron, central Scotland and Trash Free Trails A-Teamer
  • Kath Goodey – Chair of Trail Collective North Wales and proprietor of RideHigh MTB
  • Bern McClure – Chair of Grassroots Mountainbikers, supporting trail builders across Ireland, and Cavehill Mountainbike Club, which manages trails in Cave Hill Country Park in Belfast
  • Karen Newman – Director of Highland Wildcat Trails, a set of community-run trails in Golspie in the Northern Highlands of Scotland
  • Tim Foster – Former management consultant and founder and owner of Revolution Bike Park in North Wales

It’s high time that trail associations and bike parks had a voice. We aim to put trails front and centre of all that we do. By working closely with landowners, NGBs and others, we hope to become a significant and trusted partner. This can’t be achieved on volunteer hours alone so, please, donate and help us secure the future of our trails.”Kath Goodey, chair of Trail Collective North Wales and UK MTB Trail Alliance trustee.

Help the UK MTB Trail Alliance protect you trails on their GoFundMe page here.

For all things UK MTB Trail Alliance, head over to their website here.