The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

THE May­dena Bike Park can add a na­tional award to the mount­ing pile of praise it has re­ceived since open­ing in Jan­uary.

The down­hill moun­tain bike park was pre­sented the Built En­vi­ron­ment award at the 2018 Aus­tralian Bi­cy­cle Sum­mit and 14th Cy­cling Lu­mi­nar­ies gala din­ner in Syd­ney last month.

The park of­fers 34 world-class trails for vary­ing in dif­fi­culty from fam­i­lies through to elite rid­ers.

An awards spokesper­son said the de­vel­op­ment had re­peated the ex­pe­ri­ence of other suc­cess­ful moun­tain bik­ing des­ti­na­tions by dou­bling May­dena’s pop­u­la­tion on hol­i­day week­ends, in­creas­ing prop­erty prices and “trans­form­ing the for­tunes of the re­gion­ally de­pressed lo­cal econ­omy”.

The park’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Si­mon French, was at the cer­e­mony to re­ceive the award.

“[We’re see­ing] lots of vis­i­tors from in­ter­state and quite a few from over­seas which has been re­ally good,” he said in Fe­bru­ary.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans has been among those to praise the park, say­ing the de­vel­op­ment was grow­ing the re­gion’s rep­u­ta­tion as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

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