Collective Trax was formed in 2012 and is run by Tom Durham. I blend insight from being a mountain bike guide and coach with several years of experience as a ground worker to identify what type of facility is best for your situation. I pride myself on producing a design that will be inclusive, progressive and above all safe and fun to ride.
As well as producing design and specification documents, I can also act as Site Trail Designer during the construction phase, supervising contractors to ensure that designs are brought to life and give the best possible experience for the end users and the client.
With any trail design project, the impact on the local environment is always carefully considered with trail sustainability and ease of maintenance in the longer term also being crucial factors taken into account. By blending the trail with the natural features and contours of the existing terrain as much as possible, my trails appear to be a part of the landscape without detracting from it.
As a founder member and chairperson of the Scottish Mountain Bike Consortium (SMBC), I can draw on a variety of skills from within The SMBC to provide complete facility solutions; including items such as feasibility studies, signage, hire bikes and workshop, skills coaching,events organisation, etc.
Collective Trax will undertake any design or construction supervision project and several projects of different types have been completed to date. These range from community bike parks to small scale tracks specifically designed for young children, and plenty in between! I have worked closely with several schools, communities and landowners to produce facilities that best suit their individual requirements and those of the riders that will enjoy them.
I believe that the future of cycling facilities is in smaller scale, local tracks that are close to areas of population, and it is my dream to see some form of cycling facility within every school in the country. The benefits of a small easily accessible facility go far beyond just the pure fun of riding, and I think that a lot of the issues that young people face could be alleviated by riding bikes on a purpose built track.
A safe, fun to ride track can also be a great asset to a tourism business such as a campsite or resort and this is a brilliant way of adding value to your business and ensuring your clients want to return. I have completed tracks for tourism businesses with completely different requirements and specifications but always with a lot of smiles from the riders using them!
Having worked in Outdoor Education both with schools and large tourism operations, I have a strong understanding of how these types of organisations operate and what will suit them best. My work in mountain bike instruction and coaching also means I am able to easily identify what type of facility will work in any given location.
To date (June 2012):
Mains Farm Trails, Thornhill. – Design and construction
Wallace High School Mtb Skills Track, - Design and construction supervision
Aberfoyle Bike Park. – Feasibility and Design
Leslie Primary School – Pump track Feasibility and Design
Morton of Pitmilly Country Estate – young children’s Pump track design and construction
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