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    June 2, 2016

    Creating a Mountain Bike Destination, One Trail at a Time

    Looking for a way to promote community wellness, get youth back on the land, and promote tourism in the area by creating a worldclass trail system, the Carcross Tagish First Nation (CTFN) created the Singletrack to Success (S2S) Project in 2006.

    CBC producer David Micheal Lamb (left) and World Report host David Common with the Carcross Singletrack to Success trailcrew.

    CBC producer David Micheal Lamb (left) and World Report host David Common with the Carcross Singletrack to Success trailcrew.

    Few people held out any real hope of the S2S project living up to its potential. The obstacles were simply too great: a run-down, ramshackle town rife with social problems, disaffected youth, and the list goes on.  In 2007, Norco believed in the project and provided 10 bikes for the Carcross kids to ride with funds provided by C/TFN. 

    CBC producer David Micheal Lamb chats with Singletrack to Success founder Jane Koepke in the Carcross Commons.

    CBC producer David Micheal Lamb chats with Singletrack to Success founder Jane Koepke in the Carcross Commons.

    The project started with 15 youth age 14+ working closely with community leaders. While carving trails, leaders taught youth: how to plan and build trails, identify plants, protect heritage sites, traditional place names, and how to give appreciation to nature. Today the new recruits on the S2S crew are too young to remember Carcross before these trails.

    Kha Shade Heni (Chief) of the Carcross Tagish First Nation visits with the members of the Singletrack to Success trail crew.

    Kha Shade Heni (Chief) of the Carcross Tagish First Nation visits with the members of the Singletrack to Success trail crew.

    ‘It’s given them hope. It’s given them pride in what they do,’ says Carcross/Tagish First Nation chief in this story for CBC.

    You can learn more about the project, and see images of the trails through these stories in Outside MagazinePinkbike, NSMB.com, Arc’teryx’s Lithographica and Montana Mountain

    Recently, on May 28, 2016, David Common and David Micheal Lamb of CBC travelled to Carcross to do a feature story on Singletrack to Success for broadcast on the National

    The piece offers a glimpse into how important building and riding trails has been for the local youth, and how they turned Carcross into a riding destination, one trail at a time.

    You can find the CBC National piece here.

    "Mountain biking is the apple of my eye" Dominic Smith-Johns tells CBC Host David Common.

    “Mountain biking is the apple of my eye” Dominic Smith-Johns tells CBC Host David Common.

     

    David Common host of CBC ' World Report'

    David Common host of CBC ‘ World Report’

     

    Singletrack to Success members zoom by as David Common reports for 'The National' on how trails for tourism are being built by aboriginal youth in Carcross, Yukon.

    Singletrack to Success members zoom by as David Common reports for ‘The National’ on how trails for tourism are being built by aboriginal youth in Carcross, Yukon.

     

    Jade Macleod sits on a 2016 Norco Optic while being interviewed by David Common for CBC's 'The National' and the radio program "World Report"

    Jade Macleod sits on a 2016 Norco Optic while being interviewed by David Common for CBC’s ‘The National’ and the radio program “World Report”

     

    David Micheal Lamb left and David Common of CBC's 'The National' and 'World Report' with the 2016 Norco Optic.

    David Micheal Lamb left and David Common of CBC’s ‘The National’ and ‘World Report’ with the 2016 Norco Optic.