Making Big Hill the Big Easy
of the park that will cater for riders of all ages and abilities.
Team Mount Beauty secretary Turi Berg said Big Hill Mountain Bike Park was known for being a hard climb and the Big Easy was something that will hopefully get more people riding the local trails.
“I think a lot of people get turned off when they turn up to the trailhead and start climbing,” she said.
“A lot of people and a lot of families have been going across to Bright because the trails are easier there.
“We’ve needed something like the Big Easy for a really long time and I know a lot of people involved in the club are pleased to see it happening.
“And we’ve been really lucky to get quite a big chunk of money from the shire to get the trail built.”
Ms Berg said the difficulty of the current climbing trail often saw people resort to riding up the road but the Big Easy means they’ll no longer have to do that or pay for shuttles to the top.
It’s hoped construction of the track will get underway as soon as spring hits and the plan is to have it completed before summer.
“The shire grant will be used to pay a commercial trail builder and the club will also provide a lot of inkind support with volunteers helping on the ground,” Ms Berg said.
“We will do it in three stages and we hope to get all three sections done before summer, but if we do happen to fall behind for some reason we’ll then finish it off next autumn.”
Ms Berg said the addition of the new trail will hopefully allow Mt Beauty to capitalise on all the mountain bike tourism that continues to make its way to the North East.
“There’s so much trail development taking place in the North East and a lot more people coming to the area to ride bikes,” she said.
“Unfortunately I don’t think people are stopping in Mt Beauty which is a real shame, people seem to drive through to Falls Creek or just go as far as Bright.
“Hopefully having the Big Easy will be a positive for Mt Beauty because people with varying bikes skills and fitness and strength levels will be all be able to access the park.
“It will be nice for the local economy as well if it can help tap into the tourism that is coming to the area but hasn’t necessarily been stopping here.”