Blue Derby Tasmania

The MTB Factor, Social and Regional Potential.

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Glen Jacobs // World Trail

"We looked at the mountains, and we’d never seen anything like it, the boulders, the soil, the waterfalls, the lakes, the trees, and the coast just over the hill. It's like painting by numbers, you go out and find all these special places and then weave the trail to them. There's nothing like it in the world and we've seen a lot of trails."

Glen has left his mark all over the world with trails that not only make bikers' hearts beat faster, but have also managed to breathe new life into dying localities. Using the example of the Blue Derby Trails in Tasmania, he explains

  • how mountain biking can not only have a positive economic effect, but also a positive social effect
  • what his ideas for professional trail building look like
  • which parameters are crucial for the total package "trail vacation"
  • why Blue Derby has such a magnetic attraction
  • and which factors make it one of the best biking regions on the globe.


About Glen Jacobs
Glen has left his mark on many aspects of our sport, not only in Australia, where he is from, but around the world. Glen is a true pioneer and a person who really understands the heart and soul of mountain biking. He produced some of the first freeride videos before the word even existed. His influence and style helped create a very different mountain biker, beyond the stereotypical racer of the early 1990s. His Mudcow videos and the Minjin Tribe Bike Club are landmarks in the evolution of mountain biking. Glen made his mark on the racing scene Down Under when he brought World Cup Racing and World Championships to Australia. He was also one of the first to recognize the potential and need for professionally designed, purpose-built trails. He has since designed and built hundreds of trails and courses in over 20 countries with his company "World Trail" - including the Olympic course in Sydney for the 2000 Games - and is undisputedly one of the best trail builders in the world.

Glen Jacobs

About the distant trails in the Blue Tier Mountains

Glen Jacobs takes us on a journey to Tasmania

Gunnar Fehlau

On the outstanding appeal of gravel

Definition and potential of gravel biking

Chris Ball

About the spirit of Enduro

Insights into the EWS

Hans Rey

The MTB-legend's talk on the beginning of our sport

The history of MTB

Marc Schlüssel

On the magic of the Bike Kingdom and it's digital estates

Gary Vernon

About the Oz-Trails in Arkansas

How a trail network can facilitate an entire region

Olve Norderhaug

About Trysil, the most family-friendly MTB arena in Europe

Martin Vincenz

About Graubünden´s MTB-strategy

Home of Trails

Stephan Grapentin

About the Mountain Bike Monitor

the most comprehensive study on the mountain bike guest, his needs and wishes, in 2021 for the first time across Europe.

Graeme McLean

About Scotland´s MTB-strategy

Kevin Vermaak

The founder of the Cape Epic about the toughest MTB race in the world

Jasper Jauch

Invites you to a conversation about the scene