Cradle Coast MTB Club February 2021 Updates

The latest newsletter from the Cradle Coast Mountain bike club has some great updates on the new Burnie pump track, dial range and the new trails on the west coast.  Worth a read.

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Glenorchy BMX Track goes to tender

The Glenorchy City Council has announced tenders are open for a contractor to design and construct a $750,000 facility at Tolosa Park, according to the Mercury Newspaper (15 February 2021),

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North East Railway - Planning Application

The long running saga of converting the section of railway between Lilydale Falls and Scottsdale into a rail trail has taken another step forward with the approval of a development application provided to the Dorset Council for the section between Wyena on the Launceston/Dorset municipal boundary and Scottsdale at their meeting on 15 February 2021.

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Hobart Council Endorses Riding the Mountain!

The Hobart City Council endorsed the proposed "Riding the Mountain - A Plan for Improved Mountain Bike Riding in The Foothills of kunanyi / Mount Wellington" on 26 October 2020.

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Tenders open to build Mountain Bike (MTB) Trails on Mt Owen in Queenstown

West Coast Council has launched a tender process calling for proposals to construct approximately 35 kms of MTB trails on spectacular Mt Owen in Queenstown.

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Maydena to host National Mountain Bike Championships

Tasmania’s Maydena Bike Park has been chosen as the host of the National Mountain Bike Championships for both 2021 and 2022.

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Proposed kunanyi / Mount Wellington Mountain Bike Network Plan - Engagement Report

The City of Hobart have completed their consultation process on Riding the Mountain: Proposed Mountain Bike Network Plan for the kunanyi Mt Wellington trail network.

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Draft kunanyi / Mt Wellington Mountain Bike Network Proposal 2020

The City of Hobart has just released its draft plan for an expanded mountain bike track network on kunanyi / Mount Wellington and they want to hear what you think via their Your Say Hobart website!

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Tasmanian Mountain Biking and Cycling Tourists 2019

It's been a while since I last looked at what has been happening with mountain biking tourism numbers in Tasmania.  This is largely because I convinced myself back in 2016 that the numbers collected and published through the Tasmanian Visitor Survey were a very poor resource for capturing those who actually travelled to Tasmania with mountain biking, or even cycling, as a key driver in their decision to come here.

Just to be clear, this isn't a critiscm of that survey, but a reflecton that you don't find out who has travelled to Tasmania to go mountain biking by asking a small sample of those people who came to Tasmania to tick a box indicating whether they undertook any mountain biking or cycling when they were in the State.  That just captures too broad a group of people.

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Kentish Council awards Wild Mersey final stage to South Australian company Trailscapes

The final stage of the Wild Mersey mountain bike track network will be built by South Australian trail building company Trailscapes.

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Trail Closures and Event Cancellations - COVID-19

Pretty much all mountain bike trails in Tasmania have now been closed, and events cancelled due to COVID-19.

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West Coast MTB Project - Mt Owen Proposal

The West Coast Council has released a draft Trail design for the Mt Owen MTB network for public comment.

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Lekker E-Amsterdam 2nd Gen Commuter eBike - First Impressions

Note for an updated/ add on to this review please read my "One Year On" review.  It is still useful background to read this article first.

I've been thinking about getting a new electric bike for some time now as my old ebike went well past its end of days, but I just couldn't find one that ticked all the boxes I was looking for ... until I stumbled across the Lekker E-Amsterdam 2nd Generation Commuter eBike.

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National Cycling Participation Survey 2019 - Tasmanian Results

The National Cycling Participation Survey 2019 is out and the data suggests that 14.8% of Tasmanian residents ride a bicycle in a typical week and more than one third have done so in the past year.

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George Town MTB Trail Funding Received

Funding for the George Town Mountain Bike Trail has now been received by the George Town Council, allowing them to proceed with the project.

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kunanyi/Mt Wellington Lower Slopes Tracks/ Trails Survey

The City of Hobart is developing a mountain bike network plan to improve riding experiences on the the lower slopes of kunanyi / Mt Wellington and is seeking input from users up until 31 August 2019.

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Wile Mersey Network expands to Railton

An extra 16kms of trail opened as part of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike network on June 15, 2019 almost doubling the size of the trails available.

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Both Parties commit to North East Rail Trail Grant

According to the Examiner Newspaper both major parties have committed to extending the $1.47million federal government grant for the North East Rail Trail.

The grant which was set aside for the recreational walking and cycle path is due to expire in March 2020 and the North East Recreation Trail Committee was concerned that the promised money would be lost if the work had not begun by then.

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West Coast Mountain Bike Trails - 2019 Federal Election Funding Promises

Things are looking good for mountain biking on the West Coast with the Liberal National's Senator, Steve Martin, promising $2.5 million to fund the west coast's entire mountain biking strategy and Labor's Justine Keay announcing a $1.2 million funding commitment to develop the Mount Owen trails.

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West Coast MTB Trails Rethink

At their December 2018 meeting, the West Coast Council have decided not to proceed with the proposed gravity trails in Queenstown (the final stage of the West Coast Mountain Bike Project started in 2014 as a job creation program following the closure of the Mt Lyell mine) and instead seek new proposals and funding to try and construct a product that will attract riders to the West Coast.

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