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Tasmanian Trail Edition 4 Released: Source: Tasmanian Trail Association
The Tasmanian Trail Association has released Edition 4 of the essential Tasmanian Trail Guide, just in time for those thinking of riding some or all of the trail this summer.
Glenorchy MTB Park Work, Source: Hannah Sandler, Environment Officer, GCC
Glenorchy City Council have contracted track maintenance to be undertaken over the next month in the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park and sections of the North South Track, starting December 1st 2014. All affected trails will remain open to the public and caution signage, relevant bunting and detours will be used as necessary to ensure public safety during the maintenance activities.

Cascade Dam Ride
Issue 2 of the "Blue Derby" MTB Trails newsletter is now available.  News includes that the official launch date has been pushed back to February 7 (but the Blue Dragon event has been cancelled), The "Corner Store" and a new B&B are already setting up in Derby and there's more pics and updates on the trails ...
Meehan Monster
I can't keep up, and I'm not just talking about competing in events anymore ... I can't even keep up with mountain biking updates at the moment.

Quite simply I think the number of events and the track development going on in Tasmania at the moment is stunning, and if you don't believe me check out the tassie trails events page and news updates to see for yourself.

Just last month we've seen the succesful launch of the Hollybank Trails (including the signature Juggernaut trail), the running of the Meehan Monster, the announcement of funding for another Mountain Biking Hub down in Zeehan, and the kicking off in earnest of the Latrobe-Kentish Mountain bike concept.  Who can keep up with all that?

In what seems like old news we've had the Half Satan added to the Hellfire Cup line up (can you believe it's Hellfire Cup time already?), as well as the launch (return?) of the Mtn Trail Hillbilly 24 Hour at Kellevie, and the State's first Gravity Enduro race added to the Tasmania mountain biking race calendar.

This is on top of the LMBC/Cycle 2 - 6 Hour Enduro which will be run this month and the upcoming 3/6 Hour MTBNav Metro rogaine coming up on December 7 around Clarence.

We've also got the Cradle Coast Mountain Bike Club offering their mid-week Scrabble in the Gravel Series, Lanceston Mountain Bike Club has got both their Summer Twilight Series and their Sprung 2 Hour series (with CCMBC) up and running, and Dirt Devils and CCMBC are kicking off the Club Downhill Series of races.  

I think it's also really cool that both LMBC and DD have skills sessions coming up for their members.

Finally, and although a bit outside the mountain biking world, the 2015 Nic's Cradle Challenge (road bike event) has also opened for entries, and I think is such a worthwhile event it deserves a mention (don't forget Sally's Ride as well coming up in the beginning of December).

The only dampener on all this good news was seeing both the Tullah Challenge and the Launceston Cataract Gorge Multi Sport events postponed this year, but let's hope that's just a blip on the radar.

All of these events, with links back to their sources, are available on the Tassie trails events calendar.  If I've forgotten anything, or gotten anything wrong, then don't get frustrated - contact me and let me know and I'll fix it ASAP.

Remember there's no wrong turns, just alternate ways to get somewhere.

The Rambler
Wildside 2014 Riders - Strahan
The Zeehan MTB Hub came one big step closer yesterday with the Tasmanian Cabinet approval of $1.21 million for the construction and marketing of eight trails connecting Zeehan, Rosebery and Tullah.
Rumour is that the cyclists are already lining up to get to Zeehan and ride these trails ... (OK, so maybe I'm trying to start that rumour).
Hobart Rivulet Track
Hobart City Council is seeking feedback on the proposal to replace the gravel track with an all-weather sealed surface. Click here to provide comments. A successful grant from the Trails and Bikeways Program is funding some of the improvements. Last winter sections became wet and boggy and the lack of sunlight prevented it from drying out. The muddy surface makes it unpleasant for people using prams, on bicycles, mobility scooters or simply walking and combined with the slope from McKellar St, the slipperiness has safety issues for people riding or walking.
blue derby image; Source: World Trails
The good news is that the new (and I think rather awesome) logo for the North East Trails (still under construction) has been released, and as commented by one person, it would make a rather awesome beer label for one of the microbrews at Weldborough Pub.  Not so good news is that the same article notes that the trails will open in early 2015, not December 2014 as has been previously reported in The Mercury newspaper.  Full details below.
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