IMBA Italia Announces Riva del Garda as Host for 2018 Trail Building School

Mar 12, 2018
by Edoardo Melchiori  
The 2018 IMBA Italia trail building school will be in Riva del Garda Italy the 12 13 of May

IMBA Italia announces its 4th consecutive edition of its TBS Trail Building School that will take place from the 12th to the 13th of May 2018 in Riva del Garda (Italy).

The first edition took place in Porretta Terme in the Reno river valley near Bologna and it was hosted by ASD Happy Trail MTB. The second edition took place in Turin (2016) in collaboration with the Park Authority Ente Parco Collina Po and it started a broader collaboration with the Park in terms of trail advocacy for mountain biking and by making IMBA a member of the panel for the management of the park trail network. IMBA Italia organized the 2017 TBS in the region of Trentino with APT Val di Sole and Val di Sole Bikeland. In this last TBS participants worked on new trails with the goal to train teams of trailbuilders to further develop and manage the local trail system.

After much anticipation, IMBA is pleased to announce the 2018 edition is the stunning setting of Lake Garda thanks to the partnership with of Garda Trentino S.p.A. and AGBA Alto Garda Bike Arena. Garda Trentino (Italy) has always being a sought after destination for bikers from all over the world. The variety of trails and itineraries framed by the unique Garda Lake attract all sort of riders in terms of ability and MTB disciplines.

Garda Trentino is also famed for its many grand events such as the Bike Festival Garda Trentino – with hundred of thousands of international participants – that is the perfect stage for the main MTB brands presenting their products. Worth of mention are of course the Transalp itineraries and the legendary Bike Marathon. Other events for gravity riders include the Welcome Season and the King of Baldo respectively at the beginning and at the end of the season. A new event has entered this dense calendar last year: the EMTB ADVENTURE is an Emtb festival running from October 12th through October 14th. Garda Trentino clearly welcomes the whole mountain biking community with a great atmosphere, excellent bike friendly hospitality, professional guiding services, and cutting edge shops and bike rents.

bigquotesAt Garda Trentino we are pleased to host this year’s TBS in partnership with IMBA and with the local Alto Garda Bike Arena that manages the Bike Park Garda Trentino and that works with us at consistently bettering the MTB offer. It is both a challenge and an opportunity to offer our territory to train professional trailbuilders during an IMBA TBS. It will be a great event for all participants and for our community. Garda Trentino is more than ever a Bike Friendly Destination that aims to expand and improve its offer; we look forward to welcoming everyone!Roberta Maraschin, Garda Trentino Director

The rocky soil of Val di Sole hasn t been a problem for this group of trail builders from Sardinia here seen moving a flat rock that will become part of a stone bridge.

bigquotesAltoGardaBikeArena was started in 2004 by a group of bikers from the Northern Garda Lake that worked on some MTB gravity projects such as the Val del Diacol, which in 2013 officially became the BIKE PARK GARDA TRENTINO along with the EXSEICENTOUNO trail. They are demanding trails because of the geology of the mountain itself. Yet, Northern European riders are in love with those trails. AGBA members are 22 people between 18 and 40 years old. We are glad to host IMBA Italia for the trailbuilding course and we will be the first students to participate in order to improve our skills and better our trails.Carlo Torboli, President of AltoGardaBikeArena

4Guimp has once again confirmed its support to IMBA Italia with one of the brands that it imports: EVOC. Enrico Guala and Andrea Balli, 4Guimp co-owners, are well known in the MTB circuit. However, not everyone knows that 4Guimp was started 12 years ago to develop an early day Bike Resort. Enrico and Andrea have been passionate trails advocates and they stated many times that without trails the sport would not exist and neither would the mountain bike industry, as we know it.

NOV.ITA Srl is the Italian distributor of Buff and it has confirmed its support for the third year. Buff® and IMBA Italia share the same values: respect for the environment, the preservation of trails and facilities that allow to enjoy the outdoors, no matter the sport. Buff® belongs to EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association) and it promotes projects to protect nature and to safeguard life in general. This mission is carried out in the production process, with promotional events, and in any other activities purposely consistent with that “green’ approach.

Their support to IMBA Italia is a tangible way to stress the importance of sustainable trails that are also well managed.

TBS’s are possible thanks to the support of IMBA Europe, and with the logistical help of Happy Trail MTB.

IMBA Italia 2017 Trail Building School in Val di Sole Italy

The format involves 4 hrs of theory to study the fundamentals of trail building, and 12 hrs of practical work on actual trails. Forty will be the participants from Italy and other European countries.

These are some of the things participants will learn:
• Characteristics of a sustainable trail,

• The importance of a good design,

• How and where to use rocks,

• How to design with the right gradient,

• Criteria for multi-use trails,

• Water shading and erosion,

• Tools and safety,

• How to deal with trails that are not sustainable.

All participants will receive the slides of the course in electronic format (Italian or English). Upon completion, participants will receive a TBS IMBA Certificate.

IMBA Italia images.
IMBA Italia's Trail Building Schools are hosted by professional trail builders and IMBA Italia's staff

Price of the course € 170.
Reduced price for IMBA Italia members and supporters € 150.

To register follow this link.

IMBA Italia will communicate hotel stays that will grant TBS rates.

IMBA Italia's Social Media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

Photos Credit: Edoardo Melchiori

MENTIONS: @SingleTrackTorino


  • + 3
 I am left wondering if anyone from IMBA knows that in Finale they dont typically use a steamroller to make the trails. Alternatively, I wonder if the guy from Finale who invited IMBA, knows that IMBA typically uses a steamroller to make trails.
  • + 1
 I can assure you IMBA in Italy has never talked about using steamrollers to make trails.
  • + 5
 I appreciate what you are doing Please do not go IMBA on the best trails around Garda... like 601.
  • + 2
 How and when to use rocks with IMBA:
Only in a smooth cobblestone format, and never in a way that could be technical. Everything should be ridable on a road bike
  • - 2
 That is simply not true, unless you are that good on a road bike, in that case you have pretty remarkable skills! Promoting trails for users with different skills level does not mean you can't have technical stuff, not everyone's born with double black diamond skills and you need trails for them as well.
  • + 0
 @SingleTrackTorino: At 14 I rode my first whistler double-black. I got there by riding the gnarly stuff the whole time. Three quarters of the trails in my town are built way beyond IMBA standards. I didn't learn how to ride tech by riding flow
  • + 1
 @YoungGun13: What can I tell you, not everyone is a badass as you. I don't really understand this mindset "I've learnt the hard way so everybody else has to do it the same way". Nobody is forcing you to ride trails designed for beginners, I don't see anything wrong in giving an option to someone who wants to start easy.
  • + 4
 Would love to do a trail building course!

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