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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:39

Mt Taylor MTB Park grows

Mt Taylor Mountain Bike Park, north of Bairnsdale, is now home to 30km of tracks following recent State Government funded additions and upgrades. Forest Fire Management Victoriaʼs Tambo District manager and mountain bike enthusiast, Brad Fisher, said local staff have built a five-kilometre-long ʻascending ʼ track which provides a challenging ride from the bottom to the top. “We have also built new picnic facilities, installed track infrastructure and added other important elements to the site,” Mr Fisher said. “Specialist contractors, Dirt Art, have sculpted a new 3.5km ʻflow trackʼ from the top to bottom and extended the Southern Cross cross-country track by five kilometres. “The new flow track is rated ʻvery difficultʼ at ʻblack diamondʼ, and should provide a challenge for advanced riders. “Most of the difficult sections can be bypassed on ʻBʼ lines or ridden slowly if desired. The tracks were built to provide fun and challenging tracks with lots of jumps, gaps and bermed corners.

This work has ensured the tracks are more sustainable while providing variety and options for mountain bike riders.” Riviera Cycles owner, Gary Jackson, said he had checked out these tracks and believes they are not only great to ride but “an awesome facility for the wider cycling community”. “The Mt Taylor MTB Park now has something for all mountain bikers, from less experienced, to experts looking for a challenge,” Mr Jackson said. For walkers and trail runners, a 5km track has been built to ensure keen hill climbers have a dedicated facility. The track starts 50 metres up from the trailhead and is rated as ʻdifficultʼ, with local walkers naming it the ʻElevator ʼ walking track. A new shelter, information sign, dedicated camping area, beginners ʻskill trackʼ and advanced jump line are also planned for the site. “Mt Taylor is becoming well known as a mountain bike destination with many cyclists regularly riding the tracks,” Mr Fisher said. “National, state and local events have been held at Mt Taylor over the past five years and itʼs anticipated the new facilities will attract more large-scale events.” Gippsland MTB Club will be holding a MTB festival weekend event on June 16 and 17. Camping is permitted at the site and there is a public toilet and camping areas with barbecue and picnic tables. Mt Taylor Mountain Bike Park is located 16km north of Bairnsdale on Bullumwaal Road.