Before 2007 the site of the trail apparently resembled nothing more than a field of nettles. Then the Nationwide Cycling Club began building using funds from the National Lottery “Awards For All”.
Since early 2009 the trail has been managed, maintained and improved by mbswindon club and their team of volunteers, relying on funding from donations and sponsorship. You can get involved in building the trail.
More detailed history
In late 2008 local rider Phil approached the builders of the existing trail and got involved in work days. He then asked Tom if he was interested in helping too. He was curious and agreed to help out for a day but didn’t really have any great long term interest. Within a short while though he’d realised the potential of the trail and was keen to move things forwards.
The Facebook group was formed in early 2009 and the founding members started looking out for more people to help on build days. Phil was contacted by a mountain biker with a Land Rover. Rafe was soon busy moving material. He used his knowledge of the internet to build this website. It went live in late 2009.
In mid 2009 the Croft MTB Trail was handed over to Phil which meant he was the council contact and the maker of final decisions on trail features.
Other people who quickly became key players were Pete Ratcliffe and Al and Jodie West. Pete gradually convinced his girlfriend that the group weren’t as socially unacceptable as they looked like. Kat Beeston was soon involved in doing a lot of art and web based things for the group.
In the winter of 2009 when the group ran out of material and funds they set about formalising things into a club. See the club history.
The above would be nothing without those who have got involved, so a big thank you to everyone that has & sorry if we’ve not mentioned your name.
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