The catastrophic bushfires that have run rampant across the nation – including the devastation wrought across so much of Kangaroo Island – also struck the Adelaide Hills in December in an outbreak that started in Cudlee Creek and destroyed almost all of the area’s extensive trail network.
That fire also destroyed 80 Adelaide Hills homes, as well as businesses, properties, forests, bushland, and countless animals.
In the face of such devastation, we dare not even suggest the loss of riding trails is comparable, but as providers of the much-loved Dirty Weekend 24-hour mountain biking event, it is important we keep you up to date on how the fires affect this longstanding highlight of the South Australian MTB calendar.
Just as the Hills residents and gourmet producers have vowed to press on, Bicycle SA is committed to ensuring that this great event will go ahead, particularly in this, its milestone 20th year.
The area around the hugely popular Fox Creek trails will take months to repair but there is still hope Dirty Weekend will be able to return to its traditional home for the six, 12 and 24-hour races on May 2 & 3.
However, should that not be the case, the SA mountain biking community is blessed to have many other areas in which to ride and race and Bicycle SA is engaged in discussions with relevant authorities about relocating the much-loved event should that need arise.
Regardless of where it is held, the things that make this event great – the enthusiasm and passion of its competitors and supporters, the fun and exciting atmosphere, the music, the village, the vibe – will all still be there.
Bike SA is committed to not only providing the event for this 20th anniversary year but to create it to the same standard, atmosphere, and sense of occasion that has made Dirty Weekend such a drawcard for two decades now.
We will keep you updated as work towards the event progresses but for now, get out on the trails and get ready for another awesome Dirty Weekend.
More info on the Dirty Weekend can be found here.