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.