South Australia To Get World Class Mountain Bike Network
Soon, you’ll have a mountain bike network worthy of representing SA on the world stage…
To say we’re happy would be an understatement. We’ve had some great news from the latest round of the Office for Recreation and Sport’s (ORS) Community Recreation and Facilities Grant Program.
Bike SA has been awarded $190,000 to provide a range of upgrades to the Cudlee Creek (Fox Creek) network. Combined with this is a commitment of $120,000 from Forestry SA. The total budget for these works will exceed $320,000.
What does this mean for Mountain Biking in SA?
For mountain bikers across the state, this is another significant investment from the State Government. As we have reported previously, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is midway through dispensing its $1.5 million allocation to develop the Mount Lofty Ranges as an international mountain biking destination.
While we all acknowledge that we have some way yet to go, the government’s commitment through the recent funding announcement for works at Cudlee Creek is vital.
Bike SA has invested in developing the Cudlee Creek for over a decade through grants from the ORS and ForestrySA. As the state’s peak body, our ability to apply for funds to develop the XC and DH trail assets has been key to building this magical Native Forest environment while our ongoing partnership with IMBA is an important one to ensure we see worlds best practice in sustainable trail developments.
It’s been a collaborative effort
Of course, Bike SA is but one ‘flag waver’ for the Cudlee Creek network. The achievements to date would never happen without the many clubs and trail care groups that invest significant time and money in maintaining and building new and existing trail assets – the Human Projectiles, Destination Trails, Inside Line Downhill MTB Club, Adelaide MTB Club, as well as Friends of Forest and Pete Stokes maintenance volunteers.
In 2014, Bike SA hosted a visit by the International Mountain Biking Association to provide an assessment of the capacity for the Cudlee Creek MTB Network to become accredited as an IMBA Trail Centre. We will continue with this ambition.
So what will be delivered?
Installation of key asset facilities;
- 2km of fencing and gates that will allow public access and parking on Network to minimise conflicts of vehicle parking
- Develop the top carpark and bottom carpark with landscaping and one toilet
- Turn the existing 9m x 6m shed into an event, volunteer zone, storage facility
- A new 10x15m shed to be constructed and used as a visitor, event, community education facility with 2 aerobic toilets, storage area, basic kitchen, event management and meeting area, water storage plus amenity landscaping
- Minor landscape redesign to improve event delivery, camping and track access
New Down Hill Trail (LONE GUM)
- The design of the Lone Gum downhill trail encompasses the needs of the riding community for progressive riding experiences, conformity with UCI regulation for elite downhill competition and the lessons learnt in regard to maintenance and all weather sustainability taken from both the other trails in the network and best practice nationally.
- This new trail will provide 180m of vertical fall and a longer track, raising the bar for local riders to not only attract events, but help local riders to ride at the National Level
- The proposed development of the DH Race track is innovative. It includes a Double Black Diamond (Severe) Race Track for elite DH racing along with single Black Diamond (Most Difficult) option for Gravity Enduro and recreation, which will ensure that the development caters for a broader range of riders.
New Up-hill Trail (CLIMBING IVY)
- To complete the loop in the Hardwoods area via Ant Logic or Dirty Little Secrets a 3.5km up-track will make the northern part of the forest far more accessible and user friendly by providing the opportunity for riders to enjoy the valley and its descending flow trails. Additionally, it will significantly expand the amount of trail that could be used for major events.
And while not part of this work, lets not forget the Human Projectiles crowd funding program that will give ANT LOGIC and DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS some minor maintenance upgrades including installing three culverts to better manage water flows.
As we get ready, be sure to check out some of this epic drone footage from our event, The Dirty Weekend, which uses the Cudlee Creek trail network. With more investment, things are only likely to get better.
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