A pioneer in the design of mountain bike trails across the world, Queensland’s Glen Jacobs will be inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame in 2018.
Jacobs' love of mountain biking began at the age of 10, when he began exploring the rainforest and building trails in Cairns, in Far North Queensland.
Jacobs and his friends built more than 50 local around Cairns in the 1990s, and began organising rides and races on these trails, with the Cairns Mountain Bike Club, of which Glen was president. Within a few years, Cycling Australia suggested that a major international event could be lured to Australia, so through the help of Jacobs and the unique rainforest region the first World Cup to Australian shores became a reality in 1994.
Jacobs has been instrumental in the creation of more than 300 trails across 20 different countries, including the design of all of Australia’s courses including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games course, and both the 1996 and 2017 World Mountain Bike Championships courses in his hometown of Cairns.
In 2004, he founded World Trail, which has grown into Australia’s and one of the worlds largest and most successful Mountain Bike trail building company.