The Challenge of Trail Access – With IMBA Europe President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt

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Today I'm joined by IMBA Europe's President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt. Our trails are seeing more use than ever right now, and there are definitely some issues coming to the surface. So, it feels like an important topic for me to cover. We sat down to talk about the current state of trail access, user conflict and the challenges that we face. Thomas provides some things to consider when we are building trails and using the outdoors. He talks about the importance of getting organised, and gives some examples of areas where this has worked and led to great results. This is an area where we can all help to improve the situation. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with IMBA Europe's President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt. Useful Resources IMBA Europe website www.imba-europe.org, IMBA Facebook @IMBA.Europe, IMBA Europe Instagram @imba_europe, IMBA US website www.imba.com. IMBA trail building book - here SEE project - here Take Care of Your Trails - here Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBINS) - here Trash Free Trails - here Ride Sheffield - here Open MTB (UK advocacy group) - here Supporting Partners Crankbrothers Crankbrothers have just launched their new range of shoes. I've been testing the Boa version of the clip and the flat shoe, and I'm really impressed. They are super comfy straight out of the box, and have some lovely design details. Like rubber dots in the heel cup to stop your heel from lifting. The sole on the flat pedal shoe is a great balance of pedal grip and the ability to adjust the position of your foot on the pedal. The sole on the clip shoe has transformed my clipped-in riding experience. It's way easier to clip in and out with the Crankbrothers shoes. This means that I feel way more confident on the trails. You can check out the entire Crankbrothers shoe range at crankbrothers.com, and find your local dealer here. Nukeproof Nukeproof have recently announced that Sam Hill and the rest of the Team Chain Reaction Cycles will be running their Horizon V2 wheels for the 2021 Enduro World Series. The Horizon V2 combines some great technology to make wheels that are robust, easy to find parts for and tough. They can be bought individually so you can choose your set up of wheel size, width, freehub, axle etc. You can check them out at your local Nukeproof dealer or at nukeproof.com. To be in with the chance of winning your own pair, just head to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and join their mailing list before 1st April 2021. No spam, just a weekly email to keep you up to date with what Nukeproof and the team are up to. Worth it for the Sam Hill videos alone! Podcast Stuff If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that's using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. We've got sweatshirts and hoodies too! For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. You'll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you're there, why not join our newsletter, to get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday, full of interesting bike-related stuff, competitions, product recommendations and more. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved!

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