Moun­tain bik­ers get dou­ble the wild ride

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - HELEN KEMPTON

THE Wild Mersey moun­tain bike net­work will dou­ble in size this week­end with the open­ing of stage two — 16km of trails con­nect­ing La­trobe and Rail­ton and ex­tend­ing into the hills above Go­liath Park.

Stage two of the $4.1 mil­lion Wild Mersey devel­op­ment will of­fi­cially open this Satur­day.

The much-an­tic­i­pated extension in­cludes a five-kilo­me­tre loop climb and grav­ity trail plus a dual walk­ing and cy­cling track con­nect­ing the ex­ist­ing trails at War­rawee Re­serve with the Rail­ton trail­head at Go­liath Park on Ram­say Rd.

The new trails are clas­si­fied as green — “easy” on the In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Bik­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s rat­ing sys­tem.

There is also a pump track for rid­ers of all ages and abil­i­ties.

The lat­est trails have been built by Trailscape­s with the Mersey River bridge link de­signed and in­stalled by La­trobe busi­ness, BridgePro.

An ameni­ties block com­plete with show­ers and bike wash down has also been con­structed at the Rail­ton trail­head by lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pany Mead Con.

When com­pleted next year the trails will con­nect to Sh­effield and en­com­pass just un­der 100km of off-road ex­pe­ri­ences.

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