Tara Llanes & Trail Holistics Release Adaptive MTB Trail Guidelines

Mar 23, 2021 at 11:50
by Trail Holistics  
Tara Llanes taking her Explorer down Bobsled on Mt Fromme

PRESS RELEASE: Trail Holistics and Tara Llanes Industries

We are proud to announce the release of our collaboratively created aMTB Trail Design Guidelines. With a focus on building barrier free trails for adaptive riders, the guidelines optimize aMTB trail design to provide a safe & fun trail experience for riders with spinal cord injuries.

bigquotesThere’s already been some solid efforts to build adaptive trails in BC. KASA in Nakusp is leading the way, the RCA in Revelstoke has already built the ‘Miller Time’ adaptive loop and new aMTB trails are being planned in other places around the province as we speak. It’s a new frontier and we’re looking to support this movement with some guiding principles based on field testing and quantitative data so we’re all speaking the same language.Mark Wood, Trail Holistics

These guidelines, in Tara’s words, are meant to be “simple, un-complex”; easy to understand. With detailed schematics on corner design, including optimum radius and cumulative gradients, the document provides recommendations for bridge design, chicanes and access considerations. An overview of spinal cord injuries and rider physiology provides trail designers and builders with a better understanding of SCI and the specific needs of differently abled riders. The document has already been shared with advocates and government throughout Canada and the U.S., propelling the adaptive movement in the spirit of inclusivity.

bigquotesCanada is full of selfless, wonderful, nature loving people and by continuing the open-door policy of acceptance and inclusiveness for adaptive riders - this just adds to the amazingness of this beautiful country. With these guidelines, we’re ensuring that we are ahead of the game with adaptive MTB in BC and continuing the growth of mountain biking for all in this super natural province we call British Columbia.Tara Llanes

The guidelines can be downloaded for free at trailholistics.com/amtb

Donations to Spinal Cord Injury BC are encouraged and a direct link can be found on the download page.


  • 18 0
 Saw her race BMX and race at Big Bear when she was a teenager. Tara was also a great basketball player at Brea High School, saw her play several times. Wish her luck to help everyone have trail access. Thanks Canada
  • 11 0
 Been a big fan of Tara for a long time. A true inspiration.
  • 5 0
 Ditto. Well done Tara!
  • 7 0
 Got to meet Tara at a local shop one day and I was a bit star struck, but she was super chill and was happy to chat with all of us. A gentle soul and a bad ass in one package.
  • 5 0
 Pocahontas State Park in Virginia has some of their trails built to accommodate hand cycles. One day in 2019 when I was there, a veterans group was there also with their 3-wheeled MTBs. It was a great thing to see these people be able to get out there and enjoy the trails.
  • 6 0
 When did she move to BC ? Lots of love to Tara Llanes ! ! !

Lets nor forget :

  • 3 0
 Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association has recently released some amtb trail standards as well - I haven't had time to compare but as Tara was also involved I'd imagine they're similar. We'll be putting the signage KASA has developed to use here on the Shore where its applicable. Thanks to everyone involved here, hopefully this will help folks around the world realize they can have adaptive friendly trails, and they can be really fun for all users!
  • 3 0
 Old school BMX'er here and only a couple years older than Tara. Always such a big fan of hers and glad to see continued efforts to support adaptive shredders.
  • 4 0
 Awesome sauce!

PS - Tara has been here in BC for years! Team Canada too! Wink
  • 5 4
 are there really that many paralyzed riders that this is now a thing to build adaptive specific trails? nothing bad meant, just curious on the numbers. really in my 3 decades of doing this I've only met Stacy who's "needed" and i put that very loosely this kind of thing.....

  • 14 0
 There may not be that many but if you build it, they will come! I’m sure many persons with disabilities would be interested in trying it if it was made accessible.
  • 10 0
 Having an aMTB trail in Richmond VA has provided an opportunity for many injured veterans as well as other adaptive athletes to get outdoors.
  • 2 0
 @rugbyred: good point! I am glad to see this work being done. Thanks to everyone involved in the project.
  • 8 0
 If there were no trails for you to ride, would you ride?

Adaptive trails aren't "adaptive specific" - it just means you can also ride them if you're on an adaptive bike. We have a couple of trails here on the shore that are super fun, and adaptive friendly. Thomas seems to do ok on them! www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154847797110036
  • 5 0
 @cooperquinn-wy: This. Our bike club is in the early stages of building a blue flow trail that is designed with adaptive bikes in mind but will be good times for everyone.
  • 4 0
 @freeinpg: Right on!

We (NSMBA) finished up a (retrofit) blue aMTB loop recently and its been a huge hit with everyone.
  • 1 0
 These trails appeal to a lot more than just adaptive riders. Maybe someone should do a video about how to get your friends into mountain biking without hurting them?
  • 2 0
 We don't necessarily have to "build" trails from scratch to work. It's often just a small tweak that needs to be made to open the trails up to adaptive riders. Make a bridge 6" wider than you were planning, remove that irrelevant rock that's not in the way or a feature for 2 wheels, but could stop a third wheel.
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 Here in the Kootenays, Tara helped us with design and build of our adaptive trail, Spine, in 2017. And it's more than just building a trail, Infrastructure and mindful trail design are essential to successful adaptive projects. Accessible toilet facilities, signage, on trail rest spots, exit options and @MTB friendly return climbs to the trailhead should be part of the plan.
  • 3 0
 Great to see this being done. Well done Tara, Mark and anyone else involved.
  • 1 0
 Fantastic! Thanks Tara and Mark! Much needed work and super helpful for volunteer- and pro- builders. Cheers from Williams Lake
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 Thank you for all this werk!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Glad to see you still doing good things! Thanks for all the inspiration.
  • 1 0
 Inspiring human, Tara Llanes.
  • 2 2
 Fack, everyone's moving to BC . . our little town is soo busy right now!
  • 1 0
 Awesome work, Tara!!

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