About us

Saskatoon Trail Alliance was established in 2018 to advocate for sustainable singletrack trails in Saskatoon. Saskatoon has an incredible trail network that has so much potential. Currently there is no structure in place for building, maintaining, and supporting the trails – we hope to change that. With the help of local volunteers we hope to move Saskatoon towards being the premier prairie single track trail destination in Canada.

Mission

To grow Saskatoon’s trail user community by building, caring for, and promoting sustainable single track trails.

Vision

Establish Saskatoon as the premier prairie single track trail destination in Canada

OUR BOARD

Saskatoon Trail Alliance is pleased to introduce our 2021 board members.

Ryan Graf - President

Hi! My name is Ryan Graf and I am the president and founder of the Saskatoon Trail Alliance.

I was born and raised in Humboldt Sk. I moved to Saskatoon in 2012 to attend the University of Saskatchewan and am now very happy to call Saskatoon home with my girlfriend and our baby boy, our most recent addition in November.

Ever since I started mountain biking, it has become my escape and way to reset. When I began biking I found it very difficult to find trails and even harder to find trails that fit my skill level. I helped found SMTBA to help build and grow the community and make it easier for newcomers and future mountain bikers to enjoy our trails.

While on the SMTBA board I hope to promote mountain biking in our city by having our organization officially recognized by key stakeholders and our trails officially sanctioned. These agreements will hopefully lead to the building of more trails and the addition of skills parks/pump tracks. I am excited to see this progress and be able to share with my little boy and family as they grow.

Spencer Cruikshank - Vice President

Hey guys my name is Spencer Cruikshank. I was born and raised in Saskatoon, and live here with my wife and 3 dogs.

I have been riding and building in the area for 15+ years and this has been a passion for me since a teenager. I enjoy traveling the world to ride, including Australia, Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales and the USA. I also enjoy riding all over BC and Alberta, and would have to say Valemount might be my favorite.I also enjoy fishing, hunting and anything that gets me outdoors.

I joined the SMTBA because i wanted to see our trail networks continue to improve and expand. I believe there is a lot of potential to grow our sport in the city and surrounding areas. I spend most of my building time out at Blackstrap and have built a great relationship with park staff over the last year.

My personal goal for this year are to add a couple of new trails out at Blackstrap provincial park. I would also like to see the alliance get the trails in the city legalized and of course up on Trailforks.

Craig De Gier - Treasurer

Hi, I am Craig de Gier and I am proud to be the SMTBA Treasurer. I started Mountain Biking in 1998, and I am a Chartered Professional Accountant in Saskatchewan. I grew up in Halifax, NS, where I lived most of my life except for a couple years living in Vancouver, BC. In 2017, my family and I moved to Saskatoon where we are now settled for the long haul.

I got involved in the SMTBA because over the years I was able to see the progression of trails in other areas go from raked paths through the woods, to purpose built and maintained trails. I believe that this is necessary to grow the sport in recreational, and competitive, categories. I want to help build this legacy here in Saskatoon, and I am happy to use my business and cycling background to help make this happen.

While on the board, I would like to see the SMTBA get trail maintenance permits with the City of Saskatoon and/or other land owners/controllers as appropriate. I would also like to work with the city to develop pump tracks and skills parks into various underutilized park spaces in the city. I want to make sure that our Mountain Biking infrastructure includes an appropriate variety of trails and skill development areas so that riders can progress from Novice to Expert/Elite levels as they desire.

Alexis Mcdonald - secretary

Hey, My name is Alexis McDonald, but you can call me Lexi. My passion for biking started 7 years ago when I met the love of my life and eventual husband, Spencer Cruikshank. We have 3 trail dogs, who also have a passion for biking. You mention the word bike at our house, and pandemonium ensues.

I used to be a runner and ran the trails around the city before I found biking. I now use an all mountain Giant Liv Intrigue to navigate the trails around Saskatoon and the surrounding area. My favourite trails to ride always start at the Sutherland dog park and from there I can navigate the city.

As the secretary for the SMBTA, I would like to see an an established relationship between bikers, hikers, and other trail users alike. We all use the trails and I want to hear what different trail users want. I’d also love to get more women involved in trail building and maintaining in a comfortable environment where we can learn how to use the tools and have fun. Oh, and look for our merch that will be to come!!

My love for biking draws me to the mountains, and I love going on trips to bike destinations. We have biked all over BC, Alberta, Sask, Washington and Iceland. I’m always up for more trips with friends!!

I am a very bubbly and happy person to ride with, so if you ever see me on the trails, introduce yourself and let’s ride!

Chris Anderson - Member at large

Have you ever been riding down a trail and thought that it sure would be nice if “somebody” fixed that one corner, or trimmed that tree, or put up some signs and loaded it all to Trailforks? I think we all have. So when the opportunity to join the Saskatoon Mountain Bike Alliance came up I figured that one of those “somebodies” could be me.

My name is Chris Anderson and I was born and raised here in Saskatoon. I can still remember when I was about 4 and the day I got my first real bike. It was old and used but I can still remember waiting for a fresh coat of orange spray-paint to dry before I could ride it. Needless to stay, the paint was still sticky and off I went! I’ve never looked back and am still pedalling to this day. Now I just have that n+1 fleet of bikes to choose from rather than a sticky BMX.

To me cycling is one of the greatest sports out there because you can participate from when you’re a kid all the way to a senior citizen. I’d love to see more people on all sorts of bikes here in Saskatoon. But my true love is singletrack. I really want to see the trail network along our river bank get legitimized with the City so we can start making the access for existing and new riders and all user groups a lot more approachable by having proper trail signage, ratings and you guessed it… mapped on Trailforks! Yay! I’m excited for some upcoming endeavours that are in the works and I hope to meet some of you folks out riding on the trails and maybe at some trail maintenance days this summer. Feel free to say Hi or ask any of us at the SMTBA questions. We’re just here to help represent you as the users of the trails and we’d love to hear your ideas.

Hemant Naidu - Member at large

My name is Hemant Naidu and I’m excited to join the Saskatoon Trail Alliance as a Member at Large for 2021. I’ll be handling the social media coordination for the STA, and hope to keep everyone informed of all the great things we have in store for this year.

I was born in Kindersley, SK but grew up in Wilkie, a small farming community about 160 km west of Saskatoon. I received my Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999. I immediately moved out to Guelph, ON for about 6 years before returning to Saskatoon in 2005. I’ve been in the tech industry for over 20 years and currently work as an Engineering Manager for a local tech company. I met my wife Michelle shortly after coming back to Saskatoon, and we now have 2 boys (7 and 10 years old) and a curmudgeon of a chihuahua.

I’m fairly new to mountain biking and kind of got into it by accident. I wanted an easy way to explore the river area to take photos and video so I bought a mountain bike. In doing so I stumbled upon the vast trail network and immediately became obsessed. It didn’t take long for me to pass this love along to my family, and we now enjoy shredding the singletrack together. We now also suffer from a storage problem as our 2 car garage is half filled with bikes.

With our family making regular use of the trails I wanted to become more involved with the great community that builds and maintains this network. Being a member of the Saskatoon Trail Alliance seemed like a great way to make that happen. With the traffic on the trails increasing regularly, I hope to help bring awareness to everyone on how we can make this network enjoyable for everyone, regardless of whether you’re riding a mountain bike, running, or hiking.

Corey Jackson - Member at large

I’m Corey Jackson, a member-at-large, with the Saskatoon Trail Alliance! I grew up on a farm near Dalum, AB which is close to Drumheller, AB. I’ve been living in Saskatoon with my wife Jessica and our fur babies for the last nine years.

I am an Agricultural Equipment Technician by trade, and I currently work as a territory rep for a large Ag equipment manufacturer looking after western Canada from MB to BC. Growing up I spent as much time as I could on two wheels, mostly my BMX, until I went off to college and my interests shifted away from cycling. A couple years ago I thought a mountain bike would be a great way to exercise with my dog, so I picked up a cheap second-hand Gary Fisher hardtail from the early 2000’s. Fast forward a few months and I was completely obsessed with MTB and had purchased a full suspension Norco and I haven’t looked back.

I decided to get involved with the Saskatoon Trail Alliance because the work they have accomplished over the last couple years has really shown the potential of the Saskatoon trail network. The amount of trail maintenance they have been able to do and getting the trails loaded onto TrailForks has already improved the riding and trail accessibility so much. I wanted to be involved to help with continuing the work to make the trail network even better for everyone to enjoy.

Next time you’re out on the trails, if you see a big guy struggling/crawling up a climb, there’s a chance it’s me, so don’t be afraid to say hi!