Build

Building is the second of IMBA’s four tenets. IMBA works to Build sustainable trails and bike facilities to make mountain biking more accessible on a local, regional and national scale . Together in partnership with NICA we work to Build a strong body and mind by engaging in the stewardship and construction of environmentally sustainable and responsible trail building.

To earn a “Build Tenet” student-athletes must complete 4 activities within the “Build” category. Coaches must confirm that the student successfully completed each activity. It is understood that the time and effort will vary with each of these activities, however, in general, plan on each activity varying from 1-4 hours. Please note: the acceptable activities are not limited to the examples provided. Feel free to be creative. If you are unsure if your ideas fit within the respective categories, consult your coach for additional awareness.

Acceptable Activities

1)   Participate in various NICA league and local IMBA chapter volunteer efforts

Brief description

  • Each NICA league has a volunteer network and continuously needs volunteers throughout the year for various events.
  • Local IMBA Chapters organize volunteer trail building/trail maintenance days throughout the year.  This is a great way to give back to the trails you train on.

How to guidelines

  • Reach out to your NICA league’s volunteer coordinator and start building a relationship.
  • Sign up and participate in your league race venue cleanup.
  • Look for other opportunities to volunteer for your league.
  • Connect with your local IMBA chapter and ask about their volunteer efforts for the upcoming months.
  • Like your IMBA Regional Facebook page to receive up-to-date relevant information.
  • Have the volunteer coordinator sign off on your time spent.

Examples and Resources

Volunteer Program

IMBA Chapters

IMBA Regional Staff

2)  Participate in trail work days/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit:

Brief description

  • IMBA/Subaru Trail Care Crew is a fantastic way to understand the dynamics of trail design and building within a short 2 day format.

How to guidelines

  • Connect with your local IMBA chapter and together apply for a Trail Care Crew visit in your community.
  • Document the visit with a video, blog post or social media presence.

Examples and Resources

3)  Organize a trail work day

Brief description

  • Connect with you local chapter and work with your local land managers to set up and deliver an organized trail work day. Share with us your operation’s plan along with a picture of the crew who participated and the section of trail you worked on.

How to guidelines

  • Create an operation/event plan of how you organized these efforts.
  • Take a host of photos to document the crew who participated and the work that was accomplished.

Examples and Resources

4)  Build relationships with land managers

Brief description

  • Find out who manages the land where you ride (Ex. US Forest Service). Reach out to them and introduce yourself and explain to them what IMBA/NICA and TTC means for their lands.

How to guidelines

  • Offer to volunteer in any way to get better acquainted with them and the way they manage the local lands.
  • Provide copies of email correspondences or documented interviews you’ve conducted with them about specific mountain biking related topics.

Examples and Resources

5)  Build relationships with the local IMBA chapter/mountain bike club

Brief description

  • Reach out to your local IMBA Chapter/mountain bike club and introduce yourself and what  being a TTC member means to both IMBA/NICA.

How to guidelines

  • If you are not already a member you should join via your local IMBA Chapter/mountain bike club.
  • Seek avenues to help them in the community to gain a better reputation or more access for mountain biking.
  • Volunteer for local efforts and document those efforts.
  • Write a summary of your efforts/relationships built and have the president of the association or acting board member sign off on your documentation.

Examples and Resources

Recording Activities

Once you have completed 4 activities for the Build Category click on the Advocacy Tracking Form and log your activities.