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Name: Glen Ja­cobs Age: 55 For­mer po­si­tion: Cairns sign­writer New job: In­ter­na­tional moun­tain bike trail de­signer; di­rec­tor of World Trail Dream job: I was the first pro­fes­sional race­track de­signer in Aus­tralia; now there are 10-15 com­pa­nies in Aus­tralia and as many as 300 around the world. It’s not a trade yet but it’s not far off be­ing a trade. There are dif­fer­ent lay­ers to the job, from the guys in the of­fice go­ing for ten­ders and writ­ing documents to the de­sign­ers. Our clients are govern­ment agencies. They’ve got a moun­tain and want to put 100km of trails in it. De­sign­ers look for the wa­ter­falls, look­outs, there’s trail bosses and trail shapers – it’s a whole new in­dus­try. Sign­writ­ing doesn’t re­ally ex­ist as a trade any­more but here is a new trade al­most ready to go. Moun­tain-bik­ing is one of the fastest­grow­ing sports in the world. There are more bikes sold in Aus­tralia than ve­hi­cles. To be­come a trail builder it’s cru­cial to have some back­ground in ei­ther land­scap­ing or ma­chine op­er­at­ing; a builder or a stone­ma­son would do well, but you can come in green as well. Above all, you have to re­ally love travel and rid­ing your bike.

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