New MTB trail announced
A NEW flow trail on Mystic Hill will take riders to the base of Bright’s mountain bike park and provide a link to the town’s recreation reserve.
The yet to be named route will be about 2.5km long and will start at the Hero Trail intersection on Hazeldine Road and run down to Dougherty’s Bridge.
Keeping to the south of Huggins Road the whole time it will allow riders to enter Rotary Pines on Coronation Avenue via the existing bridge underpass where the trail head will also be moved.
The new trail and underpass upgrade will cost $90,000, significantly cheaper than the original plans to build a tunnel under Coronation Avenue near the top entrance to Pioneer Park.
Alpine Community Planation’s executive officer Alia Parker aid the ability to link the Hero Trail to the Alpine Events Park via Dougherty’s Bridge wasn’t available when the project first started.
“This option has quite a few benefits, one being that the new trail connects with a greater number of trails on Mystic and allows more riders to funnel down to the shuttle area near Dough- erty’s Bridge,” she said.
“It will also help to alleviate the amount of traffic on Mystic Lane.
“Until now, riders had to make their way down the road to access the shuttle service which wasn’t an ideal experience for either riders or local residents.”
Alpine Shire Council only recently came to an agreement with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to hold committee of management over the Rotary Pines area, which is located between Dougherty’s Bridge and Pioneer Park.
The relocation of the trail head away from the residential area on Mystic Lane and next to the events park precinct is also seen as a positive development because the new space will better cater to the growth of the mountain bike park.
“Now that council has committee of management over Rotary Pines, this provides a space for a Mystic Park Trail Head and levelled grass area for car parking to be established, which has broad support from local stakeholder groups and is ACP’s preferred outcome,” Ms Parker said.
The new trail was designed in conjunction with the Alpine Cycling Club with construction slated for spring, and an opening date to be announced prior to summer.
Track building specialists TrailScapes have been awarded the tender for the works.
The company is owned by Garry Patterson who is a former national mountain bike champion and founding member of Mountain Bike Australia.
The new trail will be the third flow trail to be added to Mystic Hill in as many years after the Hero Trail, which opened in December 2016, and Down DJ, which followed last September.