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Massive Month for Mountain Biking

by Peta Hen
Massive Month for Mountain Biking

Tasmania has become a mecca for mountain bike riding in recent years, with local councils spending on upgrading infrastructure and trails all over Hobart. Our rugged trails have attracted tens of thousands of mountain biking tourists keen on exploring Hobart’s bushland, while injecting millions of dollars into Tasmania’s economy. However, us locals are pretty keen on the sport too, and with the newest trails opening at our three mountain bike parks, mountain bike fever is running high.

MONSTER TRACK NOW OPEN AT MEEHAN RANGE

The newest addition to the Clarence Mountain Bike Park, the Flow Monster track, is now complete and open to riders. The track boasts 1.3km of big berms and promises to be “a super flowy ride” for riders of all abilities. The Clarence Mountain Bike Park is in the Meehan Range area and includes mountain bike tracks for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Flow Monster can be accessed via the XC Climb next to the concrete slab area. For more information about the Clarence Mountain Bike Park and the Flow Monster Track, head to www.ccc.tas.gov.au/places/clarence-mountain-bike-xc-trail.

Big, flowy berms of the Flow Monster Track. Pic: Stu Gibson

NORTHERN SUBURBS MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK SET TO REOPEN

Northern suburbs mountain bike riders can soon hit the dirt again with the reopening of the upgraded Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park. The park has undergone major work since 2018 after the Dirt Devils Mountain Bike Club successfully secured funds from the state government for the works with Glenorchy Council engaging Dirt Art to undertake the the master plan project. Proposal upgrades include integrating Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park with Tolosa Park, pump track and dirt jumps. Keep your eyes on the Glenorchy City Council Facebook page for the official reopening date.

Neika gnomes watching the action. Pic: HCC FB

NO NEED TO STOP NOW AT NEIKA

Riders no longer need to stop and break their flow with the raising of the new bridge at the Neika end of the Pipeline track. The new bridge gives riders a seamless transition over the gully without the need for riders to stop and carry their bikes across. The Pipeline track is a great family-friendly track set against the ferns and gums of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Just keep your eyes peeled for the sneaky gnomes that line part of the track.

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