TRAIL RUN: From the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike club; Chris Cook of Ballina, Belinda Atkinson of Ballina, James Flockton of Lennox Head, Geoff Parry of Ballina and Finn Flockton, 3, of Lennox Head, plan to build a mountain bike park.
TRAIL RUN: From the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike club; Chris Cook of Ballina, Belinda Atkinson of Ballina, James Flockton of Lennox Head, Geoff Parry of Ballina and Finn Flockton, 3, of Lennox Head, plan to build a mountain bike park.

"Meaningful" and "challenging" vision for mountain bike park

A MOUNTAIN bike park planned for Alstonville will give riders "meaningful experiences", with challenging trails that take in the natural beauty of surrounding bushland.

It will be modelled on popular facilities at Gap Creek, Daisy Hill, Nerang and Bunyaville in south-east Queensland.

The development application for the site, just off the Bruxner Hwy, has now been lodged with Ballina Shire Council and is on public exhibition.

The Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club says its vision for the site is to provide a venue which has "low key and sustainable single-track mountain bike trails".

A network of trails will be built for beginners and experienced riders.

Existing vehicle tracks will be upgraded and it is proposed a number of small wooden bridges will be built so riders can cross streams and gullies.

"It is proposed to create a graded network of trails throughout the site with technical features that are designed for various skill levels," the club states in its development application.

"The trails will be available for use by the general public and will provide meaningful mountain biking experiences which advocate positive environmental custodianship.

"The facilities will be well managed and well maintained, offering opportunities for people of all ages to experience and learn about the natural environment."

Trails will be built by members of the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club and volunteers.

Location of the trails will be decided based on a number of factors, including grade and topography, drainage, soil type, incorporation of technical features such as berms, drop-offs, rock gardens and jumps, and opportunities to pass by interesting natural features.

Currently there are no public, legal, single-track mountain bike trails within the Ballina Shire - the nearest facilities are at Nerang on the Gold Coast to the north and at Grafton to the south.

The club says that, at this stage, it is not seeking approvals to hold events at the Alstonville site.

However once the trails are developed, the club rides could be held there. These days attract up to 30 riders.



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