South Australia’s best MTB trail is ready to roll :)

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The finishing touches to the Green Smoothie track are complete and it’s now open for business. Take your fat tyres to Cudlee Creek and enjoy the free-flowing fun along this green rated slice of heaven.

MTB man-on-the-scene Peter Stokes took his knobbly steed to check out the newly upgraded track. Here’s what he has to say about the new track.

“The Green Smoothie trail, constructed in 2012 and opened in 2013 with funding from the Office for Recreation and Sport, was developed as a beginner-friendly flow trail. It’s a great fun trail that starts near the Croft Rd carpark at Fox Creek and descends 141m over three kilometres to the main carpark on Fox Creek Rd below. During a visit in December last year, Joey Klein – IMBA guy and general trail sage – advised Bike SA that the Green Smoothie trail while flowy, could be even flowier. In April this year, IMBA sent over one of their roving trail ninjas, Alex Harrington. Alex had two weeks with a mini-excavator to give Green Smoothie a facelift. Not a full job, maybe just a couple of small flowtox injections. With the short amount of time Alex had to cover the 2.9km of trail, he focussed on reshaping berms and jumps that were too abrupt and breaking the flow of the trail. And before you cry, ‘dumbing down!’ there’s still just as much speed and airtime to be had if you go looking for it. Probably more. It took a little longer than anticipated to do the final grooming, but thanks to the efforts of a few key volunteers on compacting tools, with lasts week’s sunshine and wind Green Smoothie is now nicely dried and ready for riding.’

Thanks to Forestry, IMBA and Bike SA crews who’ve brought it all together. Take your bike and just ride. Let us know what you think. Just to get all those of you who love single track salivating – check out a few photos below of the revamped trail below.

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Is this track suitable for 8yr old kid?

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It’s great to see people taking time out to look after & improve these trails, I’m new on this scene & would like to thank you also looking forward to hitting up this trail it looks sweet.

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Not angry, just frustrated
June 12, 2015 11:44 pm

It baffles me that money which could have been spent on new trails was spent bringing over an international to “improve” the hard work of local trail builders on a trail that had plenty of flow in the first place. Half the fun of mountain biking is the challenge finding flow where its not obvious through using technique and becoming more confident. I’ll admit that there were some places where taking the main line on the old Green Smoothie did not provide the greatest flow, but that’s not to say there wasn’t any flow in the first place. I want to make it clear that I’m not saying the new trail is worse or has become a “paved road” like a lot of trails IMBA builds elsewhere (it was a flow trail in the first place), but the money could have been spent elsewhere such as increasing the number of trails. A productive use of money could be to build a new downhill black diamond trail or similar. Part of bringing more money to the sport, and possibly bringing more tourist riders is providing trails for everyone, including the downhillers. Some of the worlds top DH riders have come from little Adelaide, so why not give the DH community some more support, and give the kids something new to ride other than train runs on trails in Lynton and Belair. Who knows, maybe building a large DH network of trails could open the opportunity for a weekend shuttling business similar to what exists in other states, and more Adelaide bike shops stocking hire mountain bikes.

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