Penguin MTB Park

Penguin MTB Park

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Penguin MTB Park

Key Statistics

Distance
2-3 kms
Duration
Single Day
Time (hrs)
1+ hours
Last Visited
October 24, 2015
Land Tenure
Private Land (Access Permitted)
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Location

This MTB park was built by the Cradle Coast Mountain Bike Club who have the lease over the site.    There's only a few kilometres of singletrail in the park, but it's the man made features that will draw you here and make you want to stay.  There is also a new skills park above the race track and some impressive jumps are being installed inside the old speedway.  While there is something for the beginner through to advanced rider, you'll really get the most out of this this park if you fall more in the intermediate to advanced end of the range.

GETTING THERE

The mountain bike park is at the old Penguin Speedway site, which is on the southern (inland) side of the A1 highway, not in Penguin itself.

The easiest way to find your way there, regardless of whether you're coming from the Burnie or Ulverstone direction, is to look for the signed turnoff to the Penguin Sports Centre (I think it is signed "Regional Sports Centre" if coming from the Ulverstone direction).

Follow these signs off the highway onto South Road and to the Sports Centre itself (which is about 600 metres south of the highway turnoff). From South Road (which has actually become Dial Road) turn right into the Sports Complex (Complex Road) then just keep following this road for 900 metres as it takes you past the athletics centre on your right and to a T-junction with Ironcliffe Road (the bush you are passing on your left is the MTB Park. If the park is busy there are plenty of places to park just here on the right hand side of the road).

Turn left (up the hill) onto Ironcliffe Road and travel a further 100 metres where you will see a yellow gate and trailhead sign on your left marking the entrance to the MTB Park. There's room for a few cars to pull off here. Just don't block the gate.

If you're already in Penguin, then from the main road running along the coast, just look out for Crescent Avenue (There's two entrances one in the middle of town and a second near the railway at the western end of town). Follow this around until you see Ironcliffe Road and turn up here. Just follow this road over the highway, past the school, and 2kms from where you turned onto it (just past the turn off on your left to the Sports Complex) you will come to the yellow gate and trail head sign.

ROUTE OPTIONS

There are trails all over this park and to get the most out of the park it's worth printing the trail map available over on the club's site.  When I last visited (October 2015) there were a couple of short downhill routes between the speedway and the road, plus a new section going in over the back of the hill which aren't on the trail map.  There is also a new shed and skills track at the top of the park (near the watertank) that aren't shown.

The trails are designed for riders to go in one direction (primarily anti-clockwise), but you'll figure it out (hint if you're riding up obviously designed drops and just seeing the back side of the signs then you're going the wrong way)

FACILITIES & SERVICES

There are no facilities at the park.  There is a small takeaway further down Ironcliffe Road and everything you need down in Penguin itself.  

The closest bike shops are in Ulverstone (http://ulverstonebicycles.com.au/) and Burnie (Leicester Cycles and Sportsworld) though I haven't been to any of these so can't vouch for them.

WARNINGS

There are some quite technical sections in this park so make your first lap an explorers lap. 

There is also very little signage in the park, though they have marked most of the technical drops with red arrows and there is usually an alternate beginners routes (signed with a red 'B'). However don't rely on these signs - take it easy the first time round as you get to know the park.

You can generally keep up to date with goings on on the Cradle Coast Mountain Bike club's facebook page.

DETAILED OVERVIEW

There are currently three main sections of tracks in the park.

To get onto these, rather than jump the gate and head up the road, just head back down the hill alongside the road the way you came for 20 metres until you see some single track heading into the bush on your right (this is now a lot more obvious than it was in the past). There's a metal pole with a yellow "Telecom Australia" cable warning at this junction. Head in here and then follow your nose. If you come to a junction (and there's a few) there's generally logs laid across the paths that they don't want you to go down. The main track is now well bedded in and fairly easy to follow.

This first short section (400 metres or so) will bring you up into the old carpark. From here follow the edge of the carpark around to the left for about 50 metres and you'll see a piece of single trail heading back into the bush on your left. Head down here for another short section of track which will bring you out a bit further around the car park.

From here head across the car park and the ride about half way around the speedway circuit in a clockwise direction past the new shed overlooking the park until you see an exit out at the top of the circuit which drops you onto a little gravel road. Turn left and head back along this road past the shed and towards the water tank and skills park.

As you head towards the water tank, you'll see the new skills park on your right and if you look for some yellow and black tape in the trees behind this park, this will put you onto a fun section of track in the park which is a series of nice short flowing drops and climbs along the southern edge of the clay area. 

This section comes out next to an old car wreck (just so you have your bearings) and a new section of track below here is being built (November 2015) which you will be able to find your way onto when completed.  This section will also drop you out here.

You have a couple of options from this point, you can head back across the open area and turn left on the gravel track above the speedway (so heading towards the road) and just past where you came off the speedway you'll find a couple of downhill tracks.  The first takes you and drops you off onto the speedway and the second takes you down past where you parked your car and then back into the bottom asphalt carpakr just below the speedway.  Both are worth riding.

Once finished there, head back to the water tower and just before you get back to the water tower (on the gravel road) you'll see a small trail head (it has a small ramp) which will launch you onto the final and longest section of track in the park which will take you all the way around the park back to your car.

This is where all of the man made features are.  Unfortunately riders have taken so many short-cuts and detours in the latter part of this trail that it is becoming quite difficult to follow the actual real track.

From here it's up to you ... Repeat, or try it differently, but enjoy.

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Resources

Other Resources

The Cranky Penguin MTB Marathon

Blogs, Articles etc.

Discovering Penguin MTB Park
Exploring the Penguin MTB Park
A ride report from the 2013 Inaugural Cranky Penguin Race

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Slow and dull.

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Slow technical track with no flow and little to enjoy if you like XC trails, but considering that it's made and maintained by volunteers you can't really complain. Lots of 180°+ turns on some of the steepest parts that leave you wondering? "why?" as you have to slow to almost a stop in places. Lots of people seem to be short cutting sections and straight lining, and as a result, making new paths, which is a pity seeing as the cradle club has obviously put in a lot of time and effort to make these tracks.
Recent storms haven't helped much as some trails are blocked with fallen trees and you need to look out for the broken trunks that are at the perfect height and angle to damage your spokes or derailer. That said I'm sure after the next trail maintenance day they'll be cleared.
All up I appreciate the effort taken to make these trails but won't be heading back as I prefer flowing single track, but that's just me. If you like a bit of stop-n-go, tight turns and a few man made features, then this could be the track for you!
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great little track, doesnt look like much when you get there but when u find the right way to go and do a couple laps its good fun. i like the opitions of the technical drops or the easier way. it is very tight so you might punch a few trees like i did. not a very fast track but do a couple laps and youll have fun.
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