Trail Holistics Introduces Guidelines for Adaptive Mountain Bike Trails
A rulebook for trails that accommodate riders with spinal cord injuries
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Based in British Columbia (of course), Trail Holistics is a trailbuilding consultant who offers a suite of services to bike parks and landowners for planning, designing and managing trails. They’ve now added specific expertise in designing trails and features to accommodate adaptive mountain biking (aMTB) which are the three- and four-wheeled mountain bikes often used by riders with spinal cord injuries. Riders like Tara Llanes, owner of Tara Llanes Industries, with whom Trail Holistics has partnered in its aMTB consultancy. Tara Llanes Industries curates aMTB bikes, and Llanes herself experienced a spinal cord injury in 2007, but has made a name for herself in aMTB.
If you’ve spent enough time in bike parks, specifically Whistler, you’ve probably come across aMTB riders getting laps in alongside everyone else. But they tend to stick to certain trails that offer proper width and the right grade to keep them moving. If a land manager wants to ensure that a given trail they are building or maintaining can be one of those aMTB-friendly options, Trail Holistics has guidelines to make that easier.
Find them at trailholistics.com