lake.bike - a Trailbuilder story

Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few weeks.... busy little beavers out in Carinthia! Thanks for turning this job into a nice little story!

@lakebike
@regionvillach
@bergbock
@lukaswille

#lakebike #villach #faakersee #ossiachersee #carinthia #getinvolved#trailscience #trailtech #sustainableflow

Thx for the support! 
@Baumgartnerhof
@transitionbikes

And for the teamwork
Tommy Squibb
Gary Hampson
Carlo Bertini
Wiktor Zemanek

What trailbuilding in the south of Austria looks like! ⚒️😁 Take a look behind the scenes and see how we build the new flowgartner trail within the Region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See. Stay tuned on http://www.lake.bike/ 😉 Video by BergBock (https://www.facebook.com/bergbockaustria) and Lukas Wille (https://www.facebook.com/lukas.wille)

TRAILSCIENCE #6: MEDIA PACKAGE

“Hype” your trails, it’s essential to success! We set up professional photo and video shoots to provide image clips for all your marketing needs. Communication through social media, plus certain print and online channels is vital to reach mountain bikers. Our tailored communication tactics will get your audience hungry to experience your trails. Active media presence will keep current customers coming back, as well as sharing their experience with other potential customers.  Trailtech has unique media skills and speak the riders language, making it possible to reach multiple rider demographics and spread the news about your amazing regional trails. Let us and our partners design and set up your website, Instagram, Facebook, logos, trail maps, printed promotional materials, etc. to make sure your identity is appealing to mountain bikers. We reach the correct channels to assure that your trails are full from opening day onwards.

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TRAILSCIENCE #5: MAINTENANCE

Protect your investment! Every trail needs maintenance. Targeted, regular maintenance will keep the trails in tip-top shape, which provides the best ride experience and maximizes word-of-mouth reviews among riders. Trailtech.at offers customized trail-care solutions and a guarantee on the trails we plan and build. Its your choice; leave the maintenance to us, or we also educate locals about maintenance techniques and the rules of trail care through IMBA certified trailbuilding/maintenance workshops. 

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TRAILSCIENCE #4: CONSTRUCTION

We utilize the IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) guidelines, special eco-friendly construction techniques, and the Trailtech “rider’s eye” to turn visions into effective bike infrastructure. To build bike trails is not just only moving dirt and rocks, it's something more; it's reading and understanding the landscape and the environment and creating something unique. The riders should flow over the trail while at the same time, feeling connected with the surrounding environment. This unique trail experience is what brings back riders again and again to the same trail, and can only be accomplished through proper planning, trail design, and quality construction. 

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TRAILSCIENCE #3: TRAIL DESIGN

The key ingredient to successful trails is well thought-out design. Our trail specialists and environmental experts work together to maximize the trail experience while avoiding negative impact on the environment. IMBA guidelines are followed to ensure the highest quality standards, in terms of riding quality, environmental consideration and longevity of the trail.  We deliver only sustainable trail design, that is guaranteed fun, no matter your target group. We even back our design quality with a low-maintanace guarantee. 

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TRAILSCIENCE #2: PLANNING

We create a logistical plan to fit any budget.

A detailed timeline, implementation plan and a cost estimate are delivered based on region-specific factors and feedback from stakeholders. At this phase, it is critical to involve all groups (landowners, hunters and forest service representatives, community leaders, land managers, resort managers, etc.) so any foreseeable hurdles can be overcome. We maximize the results and ease of implementation by delivering a easy to follow, step-by-step plan.

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TRAILSCIENCE #1: CONCEPTUALIZATION

There’s a "right" trail for everyone!

Every rider has different preferences and abilities. So does every bike region. We analyze the specifics of your region; such as target groups, budget, landscape of the available trail zones, existing infrastructure, etc and use this as the base. From there, we develop a personalized concept for each client, and give recommendations within your personal criteria for the development of a successful bike offering. YOUR input, combined with OUR research and knowledge combine to create a vision. No matter the scope of the project, we'll help you reach it in the most efficient and effective way.

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Seeking asylum on the trail: Working with Refugees in Sölden

Here in Central Europe, we are constantly bombarded with information about the "Refugee Crisis". But how many of us have actually had personal contact with this sector of society, let alone worked alongside them? 

In Sölden in 2016, we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do just that. On our team of around 25-30 trail builders, 4-6 refugees worked alongside us every day. Mr. Dominik Linser from the Ötztal TVB (Tourismusverband) facilitated the idea, and it turned out to be a win-win situation for everyone involved. 

As trail builders, we learned the personal stories of those who were forced to leave their homes and families in search of a better life in the Austrian Alps. We got the chance to put a face and a name to a stereotype, and gain a better understanding of who they were and why they came here. We heard their stories, which would melt your heart. For the refugees, they got the valuable opportunity to work, but also to integrate into the local society. While at work, they were able to practice their German and English, and meet people from around the world. It didn't take long until they became a valuable part of our team, with their own skillset to offer. They learned from us, and we learned from them.

When it comes to "Sustainable Trail Building", social sustainability is part of the equation. TVB Ötztal definitely checked this box by not only getting locals involved, but by providing work for refugees. By providing work for those around us who are less fortunate, as well as facilitating the chance for local people to be exposed to a side of society they may not otherwise see, we can do something for the greater good for the community. 

It sure gave us a different perspective. While we are worried about our carbon bikes needing a service,  or wanting the latest iPhone, working alongside refugees helped to put our own "first world problems" in perspective.

The work ethic and dedication of this particular group of refugees to the task at hand was admirable.  I would venture to say that all of the refugees were able to pull their own weight, and more, on the job site. The refugees we worked with were all eager to learn and to contribute to the good of the group, and I would be eager to have the chance to work alongside refugees again, on or off the trail. 

Photo credit: ORF.at

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