Mak­ing Big Hill the Big Easy

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.”

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