Victoria has expanded it’s MTB Network – but let’s not forget progress in South Australia.
For those who are happy to take an interstate adventure for their mountain biking, a new trail in Indigo Shire will connect existing trail networks in Beechworth and Yackandandah, northeast of Melbourne. It is set to be the second network in Australia to meet the Epic International Mountain Bike Association’s accreditation standard. Combined Federal and local council budget for the project totals two million dollars, combining a federal government grant and council budget. Read more about it at AMB
In the interim, we do not lack our own mountain bike trails in Adelaide, for those not familiar with what’s on offer here is an abbreviated overview.
Adelaide’s Best MTB Trails
In the last few years, we’ve seen new mountain bike trails available locally. O’Halloran Hill opened at the end of 2017 and Anstey Hill opened its gates to mountain bikers in early 2017. Cobblers Creek received significant upgrades and infrastructure in 2016. Cobblers now boasts a large jumps section with a big wall ride and a range of well-built jumps, a big playground for kids and a well-maintained network of trails.
Shepherds Hill rec park is another trail network that has been upgraded in recent years (2015). As well as featuring a great pump track, the single trail in the park has been upgraded, with a network of single trail of varying difficulty centering around a big hill with a spectacular view that’s roughly central in the park. “Sheps” trails can also be linked to Sturt Gorge trails and/or Lynton trails with a bit of road riding to connect them.
At the end of 2011, Craigburn Farm was added to the growing list of mountain bike trails. Craigburn features a range of trails, for varying skill levels. With the connection to Sturt Gorge trail network riders can explore a wider area.
And not to forget Eagle Park, a long-established high-quality trail network with a significant network of downhill trails, which are often used for competition riding.
Another long-established and hugely popular trail network is Cudlee Creek, located in the Cudlee Creek Forest. Featuring a huge, well maintained and frequently upgraded system of trails, including some awesome downhill options, coupled with an excellent Adelaide Hills location. This location plays host to the Bike SA Dirty Weekend, a huge 24-hour mountain bike festival, which takes place 26-28 April 2019 this year. If this is the first you have heard of the event, here is the Mountain Biking Australia preview. Ride solo or rally the troops, get dirty then cool off with the mountain biker’s drink of choice!
The Beechworth to Yackandandah Epic Mountain Bike Trail is going to be an excellent excuse for an MTB holiday, but while you wait for it to be completed, get out and ride some of SA’s trails first! This list is far from comprehensive, there are the trail’s all over the state waiting to see your tyres.