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.