I've been been meaning to get up and do some of these rides ever since the brochure was released a couple of years ago and maybe this is the reminder I need to do so.
The novelty of these rides is that you can download podcasts for your iPhone or iPod to listen to as you cycle the various routes.
The four rides in this brochure are mainly on-road rides, so if you've been looking to try something different, or are already planning on riding through this area, why not check them out.
The April 2013 Land Manager Updates on the Implementation of the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan has been released on the Wellington Park Website (you may have to refresh the page for the updates to appear) and it is worth the read as some great works are happening, including the opening up of the joggers loop on the Domain and the Geilston Creek and Pilchers Hill track completion just to name a few.
There's also an interesting update on the need for a social values study being required before converting a number of tracks on Mt Wellington to multi-use. I've included the update in full below (click on Read More) because there's so much good stuff in there.
It's worth a read as there's some great initiatives underway including the opening up of a few key links on the mountain like the lower pipeline track as well as planning work on routes such as the proposed Chalet Downhill Track. In the bigger picture apparently there's some thinking going on about a Hobart to Dover regional trail, including the opening up of a track from Ridgeway to Mt Nelson and also from Mt Nelson to Kingston. It would be awesome to be able to get back into those areas again.
It also looks like the Hobart City Council are looking at setting up a volunteer register to help with the design and construction of tracks, Parks and Wildlife are working (as resources allow) on the development of a mountain biking policy as well as management plans for both Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area & the Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area.
There's not enough space to plug all the great initiatives going on, but click on the links to the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan and have a look and stay up to date.
While you're thinking about Mt Wellington, check out the Draft Management Plan for Mt Wellington which is out for comment until October 26, 2012. Chapter 9 includes mountain bike use, and there's been some useful comments over in the forums on pedalbite.com if you want to get your head arond things the quick way.
02 March 2012
According to the agenda of the Hobart City Council Parks and Customer Services committee, they will be considering endorsing the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan at their meeting on the 16th February.The recommendations before the committe include scheduling upgrades on several key trails over the next three years; commencing planning for the development of the Chalet to Junction Cabin downhill trail proposal; and nearest and dearest to my heart they're looking at making the following trails "shared-use":
- Pipeline Track - McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree
- Huon Rd to Waterworks Link
- Mount Stuart Track/Summit Loop, Knocklofty Reserve
- Joggers Loop Link Track, Queens Domain.
I've always through the the McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree route in particular is a key missing link for us cyclists as for me it's the easiest way to get up the mountain (not that I've ever ridden up there of couse).
Of course this is all subject to more reports, the completion of risk management works and the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan, and I guess the endorsement by this committee and the council, but it's a step in the right direction, so yay to that.
The September 2013 update from land management agencies involved in the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan has been released.
This update outlines what projects the land managers are currently undertaking or planning to undertake in the near future.
The update will be available on the Wellington Park website: http://www.wellingtonpark.org.au/greater-hobart-mtb-masterplan-endorsed/ (you may need to refresh your browser to see it).
Unfortunately it looks like quite a few initiatives are stalled pending funding, but that shouldn't overshadow all the great work that has been done, and things will proceed. One only has to look back over the last five years to see how far we've come.
Last year, the City of Hobart Bushcare program trialled a Trackcare activity at Tip Top and it was a huge success. The new Bushcare Coordinator at the Hobart City Council is now looking to extend this program by setting up a "Trackcare" group. Full details are below.