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ACT mountain biking needs investment push to go to next level: parks report

ACT mountain biking needs investment push to go to next level: parks report

Riding high above the Molonglo Valley in Stromlo Forest Park. New and challenging trails are needed. Photo: Facebook. Canberra’s mountain bike trail network badly needs…

Wednesday, Sep 16

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Riding high above the Molonglo Valley in Stromlo Forest Park. New and challenging trails are needed. Photo: Facebook. Canberra’s mountain bike trail network badly needs new investment if the ACT is to remain competitive as a destination for the booming sport, according to a new report.

The draft Canberra Mountain Bike Report, prepared for ACT Parks and Conservation Service and out for public comment , says Canberra aspires to be the mountain bike capital of Australia but needed new, unique and challenging trails, supporting infrastructure and services at existing trail hubs and a marketing campaign.

It says interstate riders spend around $30 million each year in Canberra, attracted by a combination of high-quality trails, natural scenery, world-class attractions, and a vibrant cycling culture.

Canberra’s proximity to Sydney and regional NSW, and the attraction of the city to international visitors, presents a significant opportunity for growth, the report says.

But Stromlo Forest Park is the ACT’s only purpose-built mountain bike park, with other trails built and managed by volunteers, mainly in plantation forests that are subject to harvesting.

The ACT lacks trails that offer at least two days of riding for interstate visitors, ‘hero’ or aspirational trails that make it a compelling destination and elevated trails when compared to other destinations.

The report notes that there has been a flurry of development in other jurisdictions, including purpose-built trails and facilities that are well funded, managed and promoted.It says the new trails should be located in the area between Stromlo Forest Park and the Cotter Recreation Reserve, […]

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