Brand new moun­tain bike track for Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CHRIS Labes was thrilled to fi­nally in­tro­duce Air­lie’s first bike track de­signed specif­i­cally for moun­tain bik­ing at a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony on Sun­day.

The Whit­sun­day Moun­tain Bike Club (WMBC) sec­re­tary said WMBC had part­nered with the BIG4 Air­lie Cove re­sort and car­a­van park in 2014 to make the track a re­al­ity.

Work be­gan on the $40,000, 2.4km track in 2015 and on Sun­day it was of­fi­cially opened.

Ms Labes said it was com­pletely un­ex­pected for the re­sort to part­ner with the club.

“This car­a­van park re­mains the owner of this land so they in­vested pri­vately in this de­vel­op­ment which is huge,” she said.

“We didn’t ex­pect it but now that it’s hap­pened, it’s re­ally won­der­ful and now we’ve got to do our part, which is keep­ing the track well main­tained and get­ting as many peo­ple rid­ing here as pos­si­ble.”

A num­ber of moun­tain bik­ers at­tended the open­ing to “break in” the new trail, which starts at the Air­lie Cove BIG4.

As the track is the first moun­tain bike spe­cific trail con­structed in the area, Ms Labes said it was go­ing to help at­tract vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

She said trails were rated by in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, with the new Air­lie Beach track a “blue trail”, or suit­able for novices. “There’s noth­ing scary here – no jumps, noth­ing that’s go­ing to hurt any­body,” she said.

“You do need to wear an Aus­tralian stan­dard hel­met and proper footwear but other­wise you should have a lot of fun.”

Any­one can join the WMBC and Ms Labes said they were al­ways look­ing for more lo­cals to get in­volved.

To join visit www.whit­sun­

Photo: Inge Hansen

ON TRACK: The first moun­tain bike rid­ers on the new track on Sun­day .

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