COMMONWEALTH GAMES PROJECT BRINGS INTERNATIONAL-STANDARD MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS TO SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND
The Gold Coast is now home to South East Queensland’s first international standard mountain bike trails – five kilometres of new and upgraded trails in Nerang National Park.
The trails are part of a $3.2 million Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games project, and were officially opened today by Queensland’s Minister for the Environment and National Parks Dr Steven Miles and the City of Gold Coast’s Deputy Mayor Donna Gates.
Australian company Dirt Art teamed up with Gold Coast track builder and former mountain bike racer Nathan Rennie to complete the cross country mountain bike course, which will start and finish at the Gold Coast Cycle Centre during the Games.
It includes fast flow trails and slow-speed steep and technical trails – funded jointly by the Queensland Government, Australian Government and the City of Gold Coast.
Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said the new trails and cycle centre upgrades would offer fantastic opportunities to grow the sport of mountain biking.
“We have the 2017 national championships coming, and the thrill of seeing mountain biking at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” she said.
“These upgrades provide an ongoing legacy for the wider community including road cycling clubs and additional users of the clubhouse such as Kokoda Challenge, yoga, pilates and meditation groups.
Federal Minister for Sport Greg Hunt said: “The Nerang bike trails will allow the community to use this facility in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The bike trails will be a draw-card to encourage tourists and the local community to get active outdoors and explore the Nerang National Park.