Mountain bike lovers will love this!
  • Thursday 28 July 2016

Mountain trail bike (MTB) riding is set to soar in Caloundra thanks to a partnership between Sunshine Coast Council and Caloundra Off Road Cycling Association.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said council was looking forward to working with the local cycling group to co-manage 12km of MTB trails located on a bushland reserve off Sugar Bag Road handed over by the state last year. 

“The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between council and Caloundra Off Road Cycling Association on Saturday, August 6 at 8.30am will officially launch our partnership,” Cr Dwyer said.

“This partnership will allow us to maintain and improve the trail system for the community and create a unique riding location on the Coast.  

“As part of the launch to mark the first official day, mountain bike enthusiasts from beginners to advanced, are invited to take part in some trail care and restoration work.”

Open to any and all members of the community who would like to know more or get involved, the launch day will start at 8am at the old council storage yard off Sugar Bag Road and run until 1pm, with the MoU signing at 8.30am. Lunch, morning tea, and drinks, will be provided. 

Cr Dwyer said the partnership would allow council to work with the riding community to ensure the reserve’s mountain bike trail network provided users with an exciting, interesting and challenging ride now and into the future.

“The Sugar Bag Rd site currently comprises about 12km of trails that include a number of unique timber features and flowy downhill routes,” he said.  

“There is a good mix of beginner family friendly sections along with some features that challenge even the most diehard rider. It’s a real ‘choose your own adventure’ location!  

“Thanks to our partnership with Caloundra Off Road Cycling Association, we will be able to maintain and upgrade the trails to meet International Mountain Bike Association standards, while preserving its ‘northshore’ style elements, and take this great local resource to the next level, making it a go to destination for riders around the region.”

For further information about mountain bike riding in the region or the partnership launch day, visit council’s website.