Trailbuilding Greece

Client: BIKE-Magazin
Year: 2018
Location: Greece

In April 2018, I got the chance to be part of a Trailbuilding-camp on the Greek Dodekanes-islands, to shoot a report for German BIKE-Magazin. The goal of the project was to use the full potential of the islands of Kos, Leros and Nissyros, to create a unique Singletrail-network. Dozens of volunteers from all over Europe made their way to Greece, to turn small goat-paths into stunning trails. Jumps and berms were build, plastic waste collected, and the smiles on everyone's faces grew larger, when we finally got the chance to ride what we had just created.

On the Greek Dodekanes-islands, the high-season for tourism is just two months, July and August. The rest of the year, huge hotels are mainly empty, swimming pools are dried out, and locals ain’t got much chance to make a living from tourism ... though temperatures are just perfect for mountainbiking! By building trails, together with the local mountainbike-community, the goal was to find a sustainable way of use for the islands back-country. Furthermore, the initiators wanted to give local bikeguides the perspective to offer guided tours on the new trails.