I’m a trail builder and would like to work with UROC on building a trail
We encourage trail builders to work with us while making the network a sustainable, functional, fun and an overall elevated experience for the riders and the multitude of different trail users in the forest. You can be part of the trail building process from the trail application right through to the final opening of the trail. We will help you gain the experience to be part of a trail build or help facilitate the project through every step of the way. Contact UROC on: email@example.com
We don’t like to see dedicated and committed efforts go to waste by the relentless challenges and countless hours of hard work put in to be lost to unexpected hurdles or overwhelming challenges often encountered during the process of building a trail. UROC is determined to help the experience of building a trail be a good one and capture the satisfaction of building something incredible, long standing and most of all fun. Contact UROC on: firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to build a trail, but I’ve never done it before.
If you haven’t built a trail before, but you want to get to that experience, then UROC always has projects you can get involved in. By volunteering your efforts and spending time with us on varied projects, you will find out what is involved in taking on a build and the scale of commitment it will entail. UROC helps facilitate trail planning, laying out, GPS’ing your line, applying for approval from the landowners. We’ll also get you going with tools, materials, additional workforce and what to do when you’re stuck, scratching your head and feeling overwhelmed with all the challenges ahead of you.
Can I go in and start working on any trails anytime?
You should always check in with UROC before you consider working on any trail. We ask you not to move dirt or build new features or blaze in a new ride around…just because you thought you were helping. The main reason for this is the land we recreate on is all privately owned and we have to ask for permission before anybody moves any amount of dirt or starts changing trails without checking first…and remember there are thousands of community members who ride, run or walk the trails and you don’t want to have to answer to unrest when you do something you shouldn’t have. The best thing you can do is contact UROC to enquire on: email@example.com
What should we not do? What is considered significant trail works?
Any building or construction of new trail without permission from the landowners.
For existing trail, re-routes, tree root or embedded rock removal, building features or structures, major drainage work, or any other trail alteration.
If you are using a chainsaw or axe, you are probably doing “significant trail work”.
If you are moving a lot of dirt, you are probably doing “significant trail work”.
Clearing deadfall on a non-existing trail is “significant trail work”
Clearing deadfall or other debris/obstacles, brushing or addressing minor drainage issues on existing trails is not “significant trail work”.
Why do we need to ask first to build a trail?
The trail network exists on privately owned land.
Unauthorized trail work on that private land could jeopardize the access agreement UROC has attained with the landowners.
In addition to trail building and maintenance, this access agreement allows us to have vehicle access for trail work, have a paid trail crew, apply for government funding, and host events.
Our collective stewardship of the trails is crucial to maintaining the reputation of the mountain bike community and strengthening our advocacy efforts.
Failure to follow the builder guidelines potentially jeopardizes access to the trail network for everyone.
In cases of unauthorized trail building, the builder could be held liable. UROC insurance may not apply. It is possible the builder/s would be asked to pay for the restoration of the line.
UROC takes unauthorized trail work seriously. UROC is obliged to decommission any unauthorized trail building and report circumstances to the landowners. The landowners may consider issuing fines or take legal action against the offenders.
The trail network is becoming denser and there is a need to be strategic about new trail construction.
Are there good and bad places to build a trail?
Throughout the years the Cumberland network has started to see some areas that identify with different user groups and riding interests, this is largely due to the terrain characteristics and the type of trail built. We have learned over time where the bad places are and the good places, where the wet patches are, where watershed exist, different landowner boundaries, or the landowners are next harvesting or what other builders are up to or already being worked on. We also know what character of trails would enhance or add to the trail network. We can save you a lot of time and effort. Contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Builder guidelines and maintenance
The United Riders of Cumberland works with the planning and construction guidelines and trail application process published in 2020.
Any new builds or significant trail work guidelines as published in 2020.
The United Riders of Cumberland works from and maintains trails to the Whistler trail standards.
Meet Mike. Mike feels very fortunate to call Cumberland home. He was drawn to Cumberland by the amazing trail network and the slower pace of island life. Mike has been organizing races for over 15 years and loves to see people smile after competing in events, so it's great that Mike has lent his time and expertise to UROC by volunteering with our organization. Mike's family keeps him busy, so we are happy he took some time to talk about why he rides, favourite trails, etc. and why he will always be a proud UROC member.
"The trail network is 100% why I took a gamble and moved with my family here. There are so many reasons why I ride, however, #1 is probably just the pure thrill of ripping down a trail as fast as I can. ** There's no question in my mind that the trail network is a gathering place for the entire community. Whether you mountain bike, hike, dog walk, forest bathe, it just is a special place that people are drawn to. ** A highlight for me has definitely been seeing my family get into riding since being here. I love seeing my partner and kids stoked for it. ** My first mountain bike was purchased in 1997 when I moved out west. It was a Norco Sasquatch hardtail and I was terrified of even the smallest 'drop' ** Favourite trail? Blockhead, without question. I love the flow of it and that I can still push myself to be faster and smoother on every bit of the trail. Well done Silas!! ** Drops are my nemesis and I'm still conquering them. I've been practicing as much as possible and also getting lots of support from my son who does them with ease. ** Will I always be a UROC member? Definitely! UROC and all the volunteer builders deserve our support. However, I think the most important thing it represents is to support the legacy of those that founded UROC and really started this movement. It's a way to honour that work. ** Advice for newbies? Just do it! Cumberland is the perfect place to get started and even things you'd consider insurmountable will be easy once you start riding with some frequency."
UROC 2021 memberships are now available online.
- Link in the bio
Meet Marc. If Marc isn't sport climbing or summiting mountains you'll see him riding the trails on his Forbidden bike. Marc humbly calls himself a cruiser, but we know better - unless you're talking about how Marc can easily cruise up 1000+ meters of elevation, then I guess you could call him a cruiser. But then Marc will shred whatever gnar the trail offers on the way down. Marc took some time to talk about the trails, how they affect the community and why he will always be a UROC member.
"The trail network means I get to ride my mountain bike all of the time! It's minutes away from where I live and there is a ton of variety.
The trail network feels like a hub for the community. The community takes a lot of pride in what has been built here and everyone seems to want to contribute to continue improving trails. This is what makes the trail system so great. When I lived in Toronto the majority of the trail network was illegal and there was always some kind of battle going on in between trail builders/users and the city. As a result, the majority of the trail development was kept kind of secret. Leaving Toronto and coming to Cumberland, a community where trails are seen as an asset rather than a liability, a community that loves the forest and actively participates (pre-covid) in open build days, has been truly refreshing.
Favourite trails? Numbskulls/Gravity. It's a good mix of different kinds of terrain: there are rock rolls, steeps, fast sections, line options, jumps, drops...what more could you want?
My biggest nemesis on the trails? I don't do a lot of jumping so probably the step down on Roughneck. It was exciting. I sent it to space with way too much speed!
Will I always be a UROC member? Absolutely, because it goes to supporting a trail system I enjoy everyday!
Advice for newbie riders? Heads up elbows out, be safe it's easier to progress when you're not injured!"
UROC 2021 memberships are now available online.
Link in the Bio.
Another week of guiding done and dusted!? Well this one was special... Our trails above 1400m got covered in snow, something quite unsual to witness at visitmadeira
There where still dry trails on the other side of the island and we had a blast with the overall experience.
A big thank you to all the keep visiting us even during these times! 🙏🏼
#bikeholidays all year round!
Built this puppy without power tools, screws, nails, or glue. 🌲🌲 also didnt kill any trees in the process! Check out the video on youtube! Link in bio.
Gotta say, it feels really good to choose exercise over work. Doing everything by hand gives you patience and a tight bod 💪! I'm still working on both though...
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The lads have been hustling hard working after hours to get Flow rebuilt at Thredbo Mountain Bike park.
Strong work lads 🍻🍻
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Meet Chip. Chip is one of the trio who own Comox Bike Company, and as such he has seen a lot of happy cyclists take to our trails. So it's interesting to hear his take on the trails, what they mean to him and the community, and why he will always be a UROC member.
"The trail network to me is an escape, an outlet and entertainment. I particularly enjoy after work rides where I can end the day with a bang! I like to go out with the guys from the shop, but after work it's often harder to convince them to come and ride in the cold dark. I ride both solo, with friends, and with my two girls. Sometimes I like to get out there and unwind in the forest, but other times I find it fun to really push it hard, hitting corners fast and overshooting drops. I mainly ride, but hiking is really great too, especially with my family. As far as favourite trails, I the steep stuff and I do love Race Rocks.
The trails bring an energy and a vibe to the valley. It's the epicenter of island riding, its a hobby, a passion, a lifestyle and a large part of a career for many in the valley, including myself. The trails bring tourism, events and countless benefits to local businesses.
As long as I live in the valley (or nearby) I will always be a UROC member. I am deeply involved in the local cycling community, and a very regular trail user, it’s important to me to support the trails through UROC."
UROC 2021 memberships are now available online.
Link in the Bio.