Peta Mullens Claims Fourth Title at the 11th Annual Otway Odyssey MTB Marathon

The eleventh edition of the Otway Odyssey confirmed its’ status again as the most challenging yet rewarding mountain bike marathon in Australia, courtesy of the thirst-building single track terrain. 

The premier 100km race continues to attract an impressive lineup of riders with over 1,200 mountain bikers taking to the Forrest trails, with the event also catering for novice and junior riders. 

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Tasman Nankervis.

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Mullens, a former Australian Road Cyclist Champion and current professional rider, claimed her fourth 100km Otway Odyssey victory in a time of 5hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds, finishing well ahead of the hotly contested female field. untitled-0013

“The Odyssey was my first marathon event so it has very fond memories for me. I’ll keep coming back as I love the trails here.” Said Mullens. 

Mullens’ took the early lead going out hard, before saving some gas in the legs for the following day’s first ever Great Otway Gravel Grind. 

“I’m pleased with the race. I didn’t come close to my course record, but I got reports there was a bit of a gap in the second half so I thought I’d keep some in the legs for tomorrow.” Continued Mullens. Nankervis and Mullens as King and Queen of the Otways

Friends and rivals Renata Bucher and Jess Douglas battled it out behind Mullens, finishing second and third respectively. 

“It was a tough day, I’m actually really thankful to be second; Jess (Douglas) was on my wheel and leading me a fair bit too. Some days you feel better, but today was a hard one.” Said Bucher, an Xterra World Triathlete. 

Douglas is an 11-time Odyssey competitor, not to mention 3-time World 24hour MTB title holder, and today she set a personal best over the course. 

“I just went for my little PB’s today that I wanted to hit, so I’m happy with that.” Said Douglas. 

In the men’s field, it was brothers Tasman and Russell Nankervis setting the pace from the get go, with Adrian Jackson working them back to take second behind Tasman.

“I’m absolutely stoked! I came in confident as we’ve been working on form recently. The race paned-out perfectly with Rus and I over two-thirds of the race.” Said Tasman Nankervis. 

“Rus and I didn’t plan it this morning, but I set the first temp, and Rus came across so I said ‘let’s do it’!” 

Jackson had his work cut out for him, but was spotted flying at the 64km mark feed zone having brought the time gap down to just 15 seconds heading into the final loop of the course. 

Adrian Jackson.
Adrian Jackson.

“I think second was the best I could hope for today; Tasman was always going to win this, he’s a freak on the bike; I was just really happy to get one over his brother Rus!” said Jackson. 

“The two brothers had me on the ropes early on; then through Yaugher I was able to peg them back on the single track and had them in sight. 

“The single track was in premium condition; a really fast track.” added Jackson.

The 50km Otway Shorty event saw some exciting racing with Jack Lamshed finishing first ahead of Riley Flaherty and James Goodall; plus a flying e-bike rider hot on Lamshed’s wheel the entire way. IMG_0063 IMG_0049 DAN18585

“The first climb was pretty painful; I got away on my own through the trail network being chase by my e-fairy!” said Lamshed. 

Mother of three young children, including a 3-month old, Kim Willocks was the clear winner in the women’s 50km race finishing ahead of former triathlete Belinda Hadden, and third place Gemma DeCampo.

“That was much longer and harder than expected, I should have looked at the course profile!” laughs Willocks. “But I had no offs, so that was the main aim.” 

Over 200 riders took on the 30km Odyssey Rookie designed specifically for novice mountain bikers and developing juniors. First across the line was youngster Lachlan Huf in the men’s, and first female was veteran Tania Dufty. 

The day rounded out in the afternoon with a kids’ focussed Grommets Ride. Fifty kids aged between 3 and 8 took part in an obstacle race, bike limbo and other fun bike activities.P1170857 P1170871 IMG_0022 IMG_0025

For 11 years riders have travelled from across Australia to the Otway Odyssey to take on the region’s iconic single track, with race organisers Rapid Ascent rapt with the events’ long-standing success. 

“With over 1,000 riders participating every year, the event has had a huge following right from the get go. It certainly cements its’ reputation as being one of the toughest and most respected mountain bike events in Australia.” Said Sam Maffett, General Manager, Rapid Ascent. 

The events’ reputation will be further expanded tomorrow, Sunday 26 February, with the inaugural Great Otway Gravel Grind (The GOGG). Competitors will be taken on an incredible journey through the mighty Otway Ranges to the coast and back along the famed smooth rolling dirt roads, over either a Big Ring 97km course, or Small Ring 49km course. 


OVERALL RESULTS 

Otway Odyssey 100km

Top 5 Male

Tasman Nankervis    4:20:28

Adrian Jackson    4:22:58

Russell Nankervis  4:25:50

Rohin Adams   4:40:15

Daniel Taylor   4:42:09

Top 5 Female

Peta Mullens         5:21:25

Renata Bucher      5:34:24

Jess Douglas          5:34:47

Melissa Anset       5:36:56

Edwina Hughes     5:38:36

Otway Shorty 50km

Top 3 Male

Jack Lamshed        2:15:26

Riley Flaherty        2:18:11

James Goodall       2:21:29

Top 3 Female

Kim Willocks         2:56:13

Belinda Hadden    3:03:24

Gemma DeCampo 3:05:38

Otway Rookie 30km

Top 3 Male

Lachlan Huf           1:27:28

Joel Boucher         1:28:01

Chris Pearce         1:35:30

Top 3 Female

Tania Dufty            1:54:09

Fiona Mathews     1:54:52

Laura White          1:56:34 

For more information head to www.OtwayOdyssey.com.au 

FULL RESULTS:

Full results are available HERE 

Peta Mullens and Tasman Nankervis Top Podium at Inaugural Great Otway Gravel Grind

Over 300 riders participated in the Great Otway Gravel Grind (The GOGG) which led cyclists along a scenic and at times challenging ride on the dirt roads that wind through the Otway Ranges, with 97km and 49km courses available.

Tasman Nankervis from Bendigo won the 97km GOGG Big Ring in a time of 3hr2min54sec beating Ryan Standish into 2nd in a time of 3hr3min24sec and his older brother Russel Nankervis who placed 3rd in a time of 3hr3min24sec. GravelGrind2017- By Matt Hull-2 GravelGrind2017- By Matt Hull-3 GravelGrind2017- By Matt Hull-4

“Today was a completely different race to yesterday. I’ve never done a race with time-out sections like that so it took a bit of tactical work to figure out what I was going to do to win, but I got to ride with Russel and Ryan for most of the day, we got to see the beach… it has been a great weekend” summarised Nankervis after his victory. 

Peta Mullens also rode a very strong race to win in a time of 3hr22min47sec ahead of Helen Shelley in 3hr53min43sec with Harriet Smith finishing 3rd in a time of 3hr56min48sec.  

“Legs felt surprisingly good today, I worked hard from the start to the first water station and then I settled in with a good group and could enjoy the rest of it,” commented Mullens. “It was a really good course that gave us a real journey through the forest. The first 30km was really tough. It’s been a nice double-header weekend. I’ll be back.” 

The response from all riders in the inaugural GOGG has been very positive with everyone commenting on how nice it was to ride on smooth dirt roads through the magnificent Otway forests.

The 97km course took riders from Forrest over the Otway Ranges, down to Kennett River and then along the Great Ocean Road to Wye River, before riding back over the Range and into Forrest for a flying finish. As an interesting twist, riders enjoyed a ‘time-out’ between Kennett River and Wye River that allowed them to stop for a coffee or to wait for their friends without impacting their race time. 

The time out was a strategically important factor in the race if you were racing to win as it may have meant that the rider beside you was not necessarily on the same time as you if you stopped at the different time out zones for different time. Nankervis took this into account with his race and went hard to the first time-out so he had a time gap over his rivals and then rode with them rest of the way knowing he was already ahead. 

By winning both the 100km mountain bike marathon on Saturday and the gravel grind on Sunday Nankervis and Mullens have been crowned the King and Queen of the Otways as they had the lowest cumulative time across both events, which is a remarkable achievement.

In the shorter 49km GOGG race it was Jody Zerbst who took the outright male victory in a time of 1hr51min and Caitlin Wade who was the fastest female around the shorter event in a time of 2hr5min23sec. 

“We are very pleased with how the GOGG has gone today. All the riders have really been amazed by the scenery and the quality of the riding on these magnificent dirt roads,” commented Event Manager Sam Maffett from Rapid Ascent who organised the weekend’s events. 

“The terrain around Forrest is perfect for riding dirt, and we wanted to offer a race for riders to get away from the busy bitumen onto the extensive network of 2WD and 4WD roads in the Otway Ranges.” GravelGrind2017- By Matt Hull-37 GravelGrind2017- By Matt Hull-25 GravelGrind2017- By Matt Hull-24 GravelGrind2017- By Matt Hull-41

The Great Otway Gravel Grind will further expand the Otway Odyssey’s reputation as one of the Australia’s greatest off-road races with over 1,250 riders participating across the whole weekend with events that have included 100k, 50k, 30k and 10k mountain bike races, the two gravel grind events and a fun event for little kids on bikes. 

“The GOGG has made this iconic weekend even more inclusive by welcoming road and gravel riders to this formerly mountain bike only event. And now we can official say Forrest is home to a world-class gravel grind race as well.” 

For more information head to www.OtwayOdyssey.com.au

Cape to Cape 2017 – Course Sneak Peek

Q: 2017 marks the ten year anniversary of the Cape to Cape MTB – let’s celebrate this milestone accomplishment! 

A: It is amazing when you sometimes stop and think about where the event started and how popular it has become.  I know in those first couple of years there was a lot of conversations between Chris and myself as to what we were doing and if it would ever be big enough to be a profitable event.  After having less than one hundred riders in the first year we knew we had to hold the course, so to speak, but also listen to the feedback of riders from those early years to keep working on making the event better each year. _LOW2174

It is well documented now the input of James Williamson and Rohin Adams from the first few years and in later years from Andy Blair, Dan McConnell, Bec Henderson and heaps of others who all saw the long term potential of the event and gave us plenty of feedback.  I will never forget the passion from the outset of James Williamson for our event, I think he saw the ten year vision before even we did.  And then the annual input of Rohin Adams, to have come back every year and give us so much knowledge on the technical side of the sport which we were lacking has also been invaluable.

Q: What excites you the most about the 2017 Cape to Cape MTB?

 

A: The fact that we have made it to year ten is pretty awesome in itself.  But the chance to tip the whole event concept upside down for one year and create four special stages is going to be pretty damn cool as a one off event.  We threw around a lot of ideas, running the event in reverse (North to South), having two Margaret River special stages to finish on the weekend, running double the field one day after the next on the same course.  A heap of good ideas but the one that stuck was creating four special stages each with a nod to the various locations and trails we have used over the past 9 years, some of which we can no longer include in the traditional Cape to Cape MTB course. 

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In essence we are treating the course design for year ten like a greatest hits album.  I consider it the course that I would love to ride if I was going to do the event.  You see I don’t really like sandy hill climbs (Stage 1) and not a fan of smashing out high intensity kms on tarmac in big packs (Stage 4) so pretty much all of those trails will be missing from this year.  For those who have said that they will not do Cape to Cape MTB because they would never survive the first day then now they have no excuse!

 

But really it offers us the chance to change things up for one year, to allow extra riders to make it a really big field to celebrate year ten, but still keep most of the annual highlights of the traditional Cape to Cape MTB.  We will still have Boranup Forest, Highway to Hell, Contos Climb, the Vineyards, Ten Mile Brook Trail, Wharncliffe Mill, The Pines and Middle Earth.  Plus we will revisit some old favourite locations including Riverglen, Surfers Point and Prevelly/Gnarabup.  And the course design will be capped off with the new Compartment 10 trails plus hopefully a sprinkling of the Creek Trails in South Carters.   

Q: What is your highlight of the proposed Stage 1?

A: We are working to finalise the exact Stage 1 course now (and each of the stages still require final approval from the shires, DPaW and other stakeholders).  But based on our initial planning the highlight for me would have to be returning out to Surfers Point.  I think it was the 2010 event when we finished Stage 2 out there.  It is a remarkable place and the trails we have found to take riders out there are not going to be an easy ride and will bring back memories of some of the traditional challenges of Stage 1. FLOW9649 _LOW2364 _LOW0998

There might also be some hike a bike around some sand dunes near the River Mouth but I can promise the slog will be worth it when riders see the incredible views.  Our reccy trip out there recently left us in awe at a couple of spots we found which are certain to be major highlights of the first special stage.

Q: What is your highlight of the proposed Stage 2?

A: We are planning to start and finish Stage 2 at a new location, Leeuwin Estate.  This will be an awesome venue and a highlight in itself.  But the course we have designed loops down to Boranup Forest along the old Rails Trail and incorporates pretty much all of the trails in Boranup Forest out to Contos Beach and then back to Leeuwin that we use in the normal Stage 2 of Cape to Cape MTB.  The highlight is by coming down to Boranup from the north we keep riders off all of the road they normally ride out of Hamelin Bay up to Boranup so this course is going to be the ultimate Boranup Special Stage.
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Q: What is your highlight of the proposed Stage 3?

A: This one is pretty simple.  We are planning to use pretty much all of the trail network out at Middle Earth should approvals go to plan.  That is over 20km of amazing single track (we normally just use a 5-6km alignment through there on Stage 4).  So this will be a massive treat for those riders who love Middle Earth as they will literally be able to overdose in these sweet trails. _LOW3386 _LOW3452 _LOW1055

We have designed a course out from the Start/Finish at Colonial that will have a new way to get to Middle Earth and then the return to Colonial will be the traditional start to Stage 4 but in reverse.  This is going to be one hell of a special stage!

Q: What is your highlight of the proposed Stage 4?

A: I think being allowed to Start and Finish in the main street of Margaret River and take over the town for the day.  I promise the course will do justice to the normal expectations around a Margaret River Special Stage as we now have so many trails to choose from.  In fact, due to the trails available we will be using a number of the trails around Wharncliffe Mille, Compartment 10 and The Pines in the Stage 1 alignment for Year Ten as well.  But starting and finishing in the main street will be amazing and no doubt a new experience and buzz for those riders who have ridden down the main street in previous years as part of the mass rollout for our traditional start to Stage 3.

Q: After such a success in 2016, will there be a Sundown Shootout in 2017?

A: Originally we had decided to shelve the Sundown Shootout for Year Ten of the Cape to Cape MTB due to the extended start times and larger fields.  After the success of the Shootout in 2016 there was some pressure to bring it back but after throwing the idea around in a recent management meeting everyone felt that it put too much pressure on the event team so the decision has been made to not have the Sundown Shootout in 2017. _LOW2651 _LOW2426

Instead we will plan some fun exhibition type events around the Event Village which will be set up in the centre of Margaret River for the week of the event.  Each night we will have presentations in there along with some fun riding events and bands playing on a stage around food trucks, sponsors displays and lots of other goings on.  It is going to be the spot to go each night so we will have the entertainment there rather than the nightly dinners and Sundown Shootout from previous years.

Q: It is always the most asked question on Thursday morning, what is happening with the beach?

A: Haha. Well, Deepdene Beach will not be in Stage 1 so nobody has to worry about that one!  But there are plans to take riders out toward the ocean for some beautiful views around Surfers Point and the Rivermouth.  I expect there might be some beach riding there or at least some beach running for a very short distance (well short compared to the normal Stage 1 beach).  So riders will not be completely done with the sand dunes and beach experience!

Q: With the centralisation of the event into Margaret River for 2017, do you see the event returning to its original point to point format?

A: Yes the plan from our perspective is that this is a one-off to celebrate year ten and that the 2018 event will run the traditional Cape to Cape MTB course that every knows and loves (well maybe loves/hates)?  Until we run the event this year we will really not know how well it works as it is a significant change but one we think will offer a lot of benefits for those who have not done the Cape to Cape MTB before due to the logistical challenges it presents.  Starting and finishing from the same location for each stage will be a dream for the rider and we are confident we are going to deliver four bangers when it comes to the stages.  So we will have to see what the response is after this year’s event and whether there would be a demand to see it again in the future but for the purpose of clarity we certainly plan to do the traditional course in 2018 and that is not negotiable in my mind right now.

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Q: Who is your money on for a victory in the male and female elite field in 2017?

A: Well it is really hard to pick a winner this far out.  Come to think of it I find it really hard to pick the winner standing at the start line of Stage 1.  Plus I think I pumped up Cam Ivory as the dark horse last year and put the kiss of death on him (or at least food poisoning). 

But to give you an answer I am going to throw it out there and tip our favourite Giant Team rider Paul van der Ploeg for the men.  I think the course redesign (without the traditional Stage 1 which has never suited him) will work in his favour.  He has always ridden well on the other stages and been up the front and if my memory serves me correct he has previously won each of the other stages.  So I am going to go with the big Vandy nine months out and hope I don’t put the mozz on him.  For the women I am going to tip Bec Henderson.  I have pulled her name out hoping both her and Dan will return to the event in year ten (and there is no way I could choose between Samara Sheppard and Peta Mullens after their amazing racing last year). 

CELEBRATE 10 YEARS IN 2017!

The 9:00am wave for the Cape to Cape MTB 2017 has SOLD OUT – and other time slots are filling up fast.

Make sure you register NOW to secure the time wave of your preference… numbers are strictly capped and you won’t want to miss out on our 10-year celebrations.

In 2017 riders will be spoilt for choice! ALL FOUR DAYS will highlight the best sets of trails from the MARGARET RIVER SPECIAL STAGE! 

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Norco Release The 2017 Range Carbon

Joining the likes of Specialized, Trek and Evil at the long travel 29” party, the new Range offers the same fit principles they debuted with the Optic. The ideas are, regardless of what wheel size you choose, the fit and handling will be as close to identical as possible. You can read more about the concept in our interview with the bike’s designer, Owen Pemberton, here._LOW4345

The 29” variant comes with a little less travel (160mm front and 150mm rear) to accommodate for the larger wheels, and the 27.5” wheeled machine, which packs 170mm of travel in the front and 160mm in the rear, adopts a slacker head angle and longer stem to accommodate for the difference in reach.

We’ll save you the speech about how this bike has been made longer, lower and slacker than its predecessor to enhance descending confidence – we reckon you know the drill by now. What is more interesting is the employment of Norco’s Gravity Tune geometry, where the rear centre measurement gets longer as you move up the sizes, growing from 430mm to 440mm.

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This is what the new Range is all about.
This is what the new Range is all about.

In Australia, only the second-from-top in the lineup Norco C9.2 and C7.2 will be available, both retailing for $7299. This pricing puts the C9.2 in the same price range as bikes like Trek’s Slash 9.8, and Specialized’s Enduro Elite Carbon 29”. We’ll be putting together some comparative content over the coming months related to this segment, so watch this space! This is a pretty awesome segment, in our opinion, the next frontier of long-travel bikes.

The smaller wheeled C7.2 sits in a very hotly contested price bracket that includes bikes such as Specialized’s Enduro Carbon Elite 650BYT’s Capra Pro CF Race, Canyon’s Strive CF 9.0 Race and Giant’s Reign Advanced 0 just to name a few.

We’ve been lucky enough to receive a fresh Range C9.2 that’s ready to hit the trails, so let’s take a bit of a closer look at some of the finer details._LOW4350

That’s our first impressions of the new Range C9.2, read on for the official word from Norco on the new range of Ranges, and keep an eye out for a full review of the C9.2 once we log some miles aboard this exciting beast.

Below you’ll find an interesting round-table chat with some of Norco’s big-wigs, all about the Range.


Introduced today, the 2017 Norco Range Carbon features a new frame redesigned around both 650b and 29” wheels, with updated modern Enduro geometry and improved suspension kinematics.

Bryn Atkinson on the new Range C9.1.
Bryn Atkinson on the new Range C9.1.

Building on the best qualities of the previous generation Range, our engineers applied their evolved geometry philosophy to redesign the frame from the ground up and introduce a 29er with the same fit and nearly identical handling characteristics as the Killer B.

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The result is a geometry that is longer, lower, and slacker, with a new A.R.T. Suspension system with improved performance that is slightly more progressive. The new design is stronger than ever, borrowing elements such as the head tube design and rear derailleur hanger from the Norco Aurum.

“We looked at the way Enduro bikes are being used – yes, they’re pedaled to the top, but essentially in an Enduro event they go through four or five downhill races over a weekend. This is a bike that’s going to be ridden hard, so we took everything we learned from the Aurum, which is the strongest bike we’d ever made, and employed it on the new Range.” – Owen Pemberton, Senior Design Engineer

To achieve the renowned fit and handling of the Range Killer B in a 29er platform, the 29er is designed around the same rear centre lengths, with a longer front centre, steeper head tube angle, shorter stem, and 10mm less travel front and rear to offset the characteristics of the larger wheels.

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When stem length is incorporated into stack and reach (a measurement Norco engineers call Reach Plus and Stack Plus), the fit between the two platforms is identical.

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The Range Carbon 29er is available in the widest possible size range without compromising its geometry, fit, and handling. Whether you prefer the quick acceleration and playfulness of 650b wheels or the improved rollover and momentum of a 29er – the Range Carbon offers riders choice without compromise.

For more details, visit norco.com/range.

World Trail Release New Trail Building Tools to the Public

The World Trail Kuranda.
The World Trail Kuranda.

Developed and tested in the harshest trail destinations throughout Australia, both the “Kuranda”and “Singletracker” Trail Tools have stood the test of time: being used to shape and construct the 2017 MTB World Championship courses, along with the unique and aggressive Tasmanian terrain for the upcoming Enduro World Series round in Blue-Derby.

The Singletracker and the Kuranda have helped sculpt some of Australia's finest trails.
The Singletracker and the Kuranda have helped sculpt some of Australia’s finest trails.

World Trail’s international team of trail builders have collaborated in the design and development of these final iterations, rigorously testing and developing the products you see released today. Both the Kuranda and Singletracker tools feature a world first in patent pending internal bladed stepped tines, which compliment the external dual angled blades.

The blades make quick work of small shrubs, vines, lantana, roots and ferns, by collating and cutting all nearby foliage. While the external blades make light work of the in-ground roots and other organic problems commonly associated in trail building.

The two sides of the Singletracker and Kuranda cover a variety of trail building situations.
The two sides of the Singletracker and Kuranda cover a variety of trail building situations.

100% hand made in Australia, both the Kuranda and smaller Singletracker trail tools are manufactured using state of the art cold cut water jetting technology, intricately cut from of 3.2mm Hardox 450 steel, producing a lightweight, yet powerfully strong head unit to tackle the rigors of trail building abuse day in, day out.

The World Trail signature is a nice touch.
The World Trail signature is a nice touch.

Available to the public March 1, World Trail are taking pre-orders of both the 6 finger Kuranda and 4 finger Singletracker tools exclusively via their website at http://www.world-trail.com/shop/.

JEFFSY 27 – Size Doesn’t Matter

No, YT haven’t introduced another wheelsize, they’ve just decided to abbreviate 27.5″ to plain old 27. What they have introduced though is more options in their acclaimed Jeffsy line up. Now you can buy the Jeffsy in both 29″ and 27.5″ options, in both carbon and aluminium models.

The top of the line Jeffsy 27 CF Pro Race.
The top of the line Jeffsy 27 CF Pro Race.

We’re currently testing a Jeffsy CF Comp 2 and loving it, and it’s exciting to see YT offer both wheelsize options for this popular trail bike. Read on for the official word, and be sure to watch the video, although we’re not sure what the nickname ‘doggy’ is all about.


JEFFSY 27 – Size Doesn’t Matter:

It was only last year that YT appeared in the all-mountain market, where they made quite an impression. This segment now sees further growth with the arrival of another model: The JEFFSY 27 is the right choice for those seeking an even more agile and playful bike than the JEFFSY 29 – already one of the most fun-loving 29ers on the market.

We're enjoying our time aboard the Jeffsy CF Comp 2.
We’re enjoying our time aboard the Jeffsy 29 CF Comp 2.

When it comes to getting aggressive, JEFFSY 27 follows in the footsteps of its big brother, too: in giving it a little bit of extra travel, the developers made sure this 27.5” bike won ‘t get hung up on rough terrain. It is available with 160mm of travel on the top of the range model, and 150mm on the rest of the line-up. When it comes to suspension travel, the 160mm JEFFSY CF Pro Race is most suited for racing applications, where in addition to pedaling efficiently the bike also needs to have a tad more gravity potential. YT team rider Bryan Regnier will use JEFFSY for several Enduro World Series races this season.

EWS racer Bryan Reigner races on both the Jeffsy and Capra.
EWS racer Bryan Regnier races on both the Jeffsy and Capra.

“When choosing the right wheel size for you, your personal preferences, your riding style, and of course also the terrain you ride plays an important role in the decision. Everybody should decide for themselves which wheel size is most appropriate for them. At the end of the day, it’s not about numbers but about how much fun you’re having on your bike. Everything is what you make of it.” Markus Flossmann, CEO.


Technical Data:

The carbon frame weighs in at a scant 2300 grams, while its aluminum counterpart tips the scales at 2900 grams. Just like on the JEFFSY 29, a Flip Chip lets you dial in your ride: in the low position, you get an aggressive, 66-degree head angle and a significant BB drop (15mm). Those who climb a lot might prefer the high position, which yields a 75.5-degree effective seat angle.

Naturally, YT’s highly acclaimed V4L suspension layout is also used on JEFFSY 27; it provides great small-bump sensitivity, good mid-stroke support and significant end-stroke progressivity. The BOOST standard was used for the rear axle spacing and the crank in order to provide more space between the chain ring, chain stays, and tire. An E-Type mount makes sure you can always install a front derailleur, even on the single chain ring models. Last but not least, the protectors on the stays help keep drive train noise to a minimum, whilst the discretely integrated alloy “chain suck guides” protect from damage caused by a fallen chain.

You can run a front derailleur on the Jeffsy 27.
You can run a front derailleur on the Jeffsy 27.

The Carbon Models:

The JEFFSY 27 is available in four carbon versions: CF Pro Race, CF Pro, CF One, and CF Two. The top of the line JEFFSY 27 CF Pro Race features only the very best parts, which makes it an ideal choice for racers and pro riders. It’s also the only bike in the range that offers 160mm of travel, ready to get rowdy. The Kashima coated FOX Factory suspension components were designed for aggressive trail riding and serious enduro racing, and they are both ready to mix it up with the best. Drivetrain wise the choice fell to e*thirteen, being a very reliable and robust cassette for racing with its perfect range of gears. Carbon wheels, cranks, and handlebar help keep JEFFSY’s weight really low, this rocket weighs a mere 12.4 kg.

The Jeffsy 27 CF Pro.
The Jeffsy 27 CF Pro.

The JEFFSY 27 CF Pro is also a convincing package with extraordinary specs: The FOX Performance Elite suspension shines with top-class responsiveness on aggressive downhill sections as it comes with exact the same damping cartridge as the big brother Factory Series. In fact, the only difference between the Performance Elite fork and the Factory Series are the hard-anodized stanchions. Another eye-catcher on the CF Pro: the SRAM Eagle transmission which with its twelve gears makes the front derailleur superfluous. Those who prefer RockShox suspension will find themselves in great company with the JEFFSY 27 CF One or CF Two. The CF One offers a crisp, 11-speed SRAM transmission while the CF Two provides 2×11 gears via Shimano’s XT group.

The Jeffsy 27 CF 2.
The Jeffsy 27 CF 2.

The Aluminum Models:

When it comes to aluminum, YT offers a choice between the JEFFSY 27 AL One and AL Two. Neither have anything to envy their carbon colleagues, since they are both based on the same frame platform. The user-friendly suspension components are easy to set up and adjust, even for beginners. Both bikes offer 150mm of ready-to-rumble suspension travel front and rear: A RockShox Pike RC fork and Deluxe RT shock on the AL One, and a RockShox Pike RC and Deluxe R on the AL Two. The biggest difference between the two aluminum models is the drivetrain: the AL One features a SRAM X1 1×11 transmission while the AL Two goes 2×11 with SRAM GX.

The Jeffsy 27 AL 1 has an excellent value for money spec.
The Jeffsy 27 AL 1 has an excellent value for money spec.

All models come in S, M, L, and XL sizes and are available to order as of today on the website www.yt-industries.com. 


JEFFSY 27 CF Build Kits:

JEFFSY 27 CF Pro Race

JEFFSY 27 CF CF Pro

Fork

Fox 34 Float Factory

Fox 34 Performance Elite

Shock

Fox Float X Factory

Fox Float DPS Performance Elite

Travel (F/R)

160mm / 160mm

150mm / 150mm

Crank

Race Face Next SL

SRAM X01 Eagle

Transmission

SRAM X01

SRAM X01 Eagle

Wheels

E.13 TRSr SL

E.13 TRS+

Tires (F/R)

E.13 TRSr / E.13 TRS+

Maxxis High Roller II

Stem

Renthal Apex 35

Race Face Turbine 35

Handlebar

Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35

Race Face SIXc 35

Brakes

SRAM Guide Ultimate

SRAM Guide RSC

Seatpost

RockShox Reverb stealth

Race Face Turbine

Weight*

12,4 kg

12,6 kg

Price

4.499 EUR / 3.799 GBP

3.999 EUR / 3.399 GBP

5.599 USD

4.799 USD

6.999 CAD

5.999 CAD

7.999 NZD

6.899 NZD

7.799 AUD

6.499 AUD

99.900 ZAR

87.900 ZAR

 

JEFFSY 27 CF One

JEFFSY 27 CF Two

Fork

RockShox Pike RCT3

RockShox Pike RCT3

Shock

RockShox Deluxe RT3

RockShox Deluxe RT3

Travel (F/R)

150mm / 150mm

150mm / 150mm

Crank

Race Face Turbine

Race Face Turbine

Transmission

SRAM X1

Shimano XT

Wheels

E.13 TRS

E.13 TRS

Tires (F/R)

Maxxis High Roller II

Maxxis High Roller II

Stem

Race Face Turbine 35

Race Face Turbine 35

Handlebar

Race Face Turbine 35

Race Face Turbine 35

Brakes

SRAM Guide RS

SRAM Guide RS

Seatpost

Race Face Turbine

RockShox Reverb stealth

Weight*

12,9 kg

13,3 kg

Price

3.399 EUR / 2.899 GBP

3.399 EUR / 2.899 GBP

3.999 USD

3.999 USD

4.999 CAD

5.099 CAD

5.799 NZD

5.799 NZD

5.499 AUD

5.599 AUD

72.900 ZAR

74.900 ZAR

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JEFFSY 27 AL Build Kits:

JEFFSY 27 AL One

JEFFSY 27 AL Two

Fork

RockShox Pike RC

RockShox Pike RC

Shock

RockShox Deluxe RT

RockShox Deluxe R

Travel (F/R)

150mm / 150mm

150mm / 150mm

Crank

Race Face Turbine

Race Face Aeffect SL

Transmission

SRAM X1

SRAM GX

Wheels

DT Swiss M1900 SPLINE

DT Swiss M1900 SPLINE

Tires (F/R)

Maxxis High Roller II

Maxxis High Roller II

Stem

Race Face Turbine 35

Race Face Aeffect 35

Handlebar

Race Face Turbine 35

Race Face Aeffect 35

Brakes

SRAM Guide RS

SRAM Guide R

Seatpost

E.13 Dropper Post

RockShox Reverb stealth

Weight*

13,5 kg

13,5 kg

Price

2.599 EUR / 2.199 GBP

2.099 EUR / 1.799 GBP

2.999 USD

2.599 USD

3.799 CAD

3.199 CAD

4.299 NZD

3.599 NZD

3.999 AUD

3.499 AUD

55.900 ZAR

46.900 ZAR

*Frame size S without Pedals

Due to manufacturing tolerances on individual components the weight may vary by +/- 2%.


JEFFSY 27 Geometry:

S

M

L

XL

Toptube (horizontal)

573 mm

602 mm

625 mm

648 mm

Reach

415 mm

440 mm

460 mm

480 mm

Stack

584 mm

597 mm

611 mm

620 mm

Seat tube

410 mm

450 mm

480 mm

520 mm

Chain stay

430 mm

430 mm

435 mm

435 mm

Head angle (High/Low)*

67°/66°

67°/66°

67°/66°

67°/66°

Seat tube angle (eff)*

75,5°/74,5°

75,5°/74,5°

75,5°/74,5°

75,5°/74,5°

Seat tube angle (act)*

69°/68°

69°/68°

69°/68°

69°/68°

BB drop (High/Low)*

5/ 15 mm

5/ 15 mm

5/ 15 mm

5/ 15 mm

Wheelbase

1138 mm

1169 mm

1200 mm

1224 mm

Head tube length

95 mm

110 mm

125 mm

135 mm

Standover height

708 mm

737 mm

752 mm

782 mm

*Values depend on the position of the Flip Chips (High/Low) and suspension travel (160 mm/150 mm).

Out Of The Box With Connor Fearon And The Hei Hei Trail

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Sometimes you’ve got to get out of the box. Live a little. Breathe. And then shred.

Connor Fearon certainly knows how to shred.
Connor Fearon certainly knows how to shred.

The Hei Hei Trail is an out of the box thinker, like many of Kona’s bikes. Everyone who swings a leg over one notes that it outrides its numbers, surpassing their expectations of a trail bike’s capabilities.

Connor Fearon rides the Hei Hei Trail in picturesque British Columbia terrain.
Connor Fearon rides the Hei Hei Trail in picturesque BC terrain.

Light and efficient with its full carbon frame and Fuse suspension design, snappy and playful on the way back down.

The base level Hei Hei Trail 27.5" retails for $6199.
The base level Hei Hei Trail 27.5″ retails for $6199.

While the Fuse suspension design is shared with our race-ready Hei Hei cross-country bike, the Hei Hei Trail, with 140mm of travel and 27.5′′ wheels, is a completely different beast. It’s the kind of bike that challenges preconceptions, and redefines what a bike in this class can do.

The Hei Hei Trail DL retails for $8999.
The Hei Hei Trail DL retails for $8999.

RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX AND UNDER OUR WORLD CUP RACER:

With the Hei Hei Trail’s lineage, it may have been expected of us to produce a video featuring one of our Endurance Team racers. But the reality is, this bike may just get you out of your box, thinking differently about the Hei Hei name from which this bike found its lineage, and pedalling to places you previously considered outside that box.

The box metaphors don't seem to apply so much to Connor.
The box metaphors don’t seem to apply so much to Connor.

So, we sent World Cup downhiller Connor Fearon into British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains with the Hei Hei Trail. And what we came out with was exactly the proof we needed that this bike doesn’t belong in the box, but up in the hills, getting loose. We tend to think you’ll agree.

Up in the hills sounds good to us!
Up in the hills sounds good to us!

HEI HEI TRAIL DETAILS:

All three Hei Hei Trail models feature the same Kona Race Light full carbon frame. From the top-spec Hei Hei Trail Supreme through the Hei Hei Trail DL and the Hei Hei Trail, you can expect to find wide rims, great tires, and high quality suspension components. No matter which model you choose, you can be assured it’ll be ready to shred right out of the box.

The top of the line Hei Hei Trail Supreme.
The top of the line Hei Hei Trail Supreme.

You can find more information on the Hei Hei Trail here.

Fox MTB: RIDE YOUR F#%KING BIKE TRAILER

The film will feature Josh “Ratboy” Bryceland, Josh “Loosedog” Lewis, Kirt Voreis, Chris Kovarik, Claire Buchar, Connor Fearon, the McCaul’s, to name a few.

It was shot over three weeks on the road with a wild crew up that was up for anything.

Cam McCaul is excited about the new film.
Cam McCaul is excited about the new film.

Filming kicked off at Fox Headquarters in Irvine, California and continued north through Oregon and Washington before crossing the Canadian border and reaching Vancouver Island. As the name suggests, the movie is all about good times on your bike with friends.

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“Filming the movie was a great experience intended to strip back the sport and get down to the core of riding bikes. It’s all in the title, ‘Ride Your F#%king Bike’ and the hope is that this will inspire people to just have a good time riding.” – Mike Redding, MTB Sports Marketing

The movie is dedicated to Stevie Smith, A.K.A. Chainsaw, a World Cup champion gravity athlete who unexpectedly passed away in May 2016.

Harris And Johnston Break National Elite Series Drought

It also marked the continued dominance of Cameron Wright (QLD) in the Junior Men, as the 16 year old again produced a scintillating ride to make it five straight victories.

For Harris, who is competing in her first year of elite competition, it was the win she’d been waiting for as the Armidale rider took up the challenge to defending series champion Rebecca Henderson.

“I was sitting in behind Bec feeling alright and my team-mate Kathryn (McInerney) made a big attack and I sort of followed her and then somehow I took off on the front.”

However, Harris had to hold off more than the challenges from the chasing pack as the final of the five laps approached on a dry and dusty Mt Taylor course.

“I sort of remembered the mistake I make every single race and that’s blowing up so I tried to not do that.”

Hunting her down was Jodie Willett (QLD), who made her move on the fourth lap and was closing.

“I’ve been here helping with the MTBA junior squad and I think it’s a bit inspiring, I was riding on inspiration as it’s their first race and it inspired me to get involved and give it a go.”

The last time Willett medalled in the national series was at Pemberton two years ago.

Harris finished in a time of 1:29:52 ahead of Willett and McInerney, with Henderson more than three minutes back in fourth.

It’s been a big week for the dual Olympian, having signed on with a new bike sponsor Scott earlier in the week.

“There’s been a lot going on and it’s been a pretty stressful time trying to get everything together, and today I was just really low on energy.”

“These back to back races aren’t doing me any favours, and I’m just struggling to recover and it’s taking its toll the next couple of weeks.”

No such trouble for Johnston, who in only his third race this series stormed off the start line and held his place at the front of the 25 man field.

“I was lucky to be at the front and fortunate not to consume too much dust,” he remarked.

After back to back seconds at Armidale, Johnston again attacked from the race gun and this time it would pay off with Tasman Nankervis (VIC) and Reece Tucknott (WA) unable to real the Canberran back in as he crossed the line in a time of 1:26:47, more than 30 seconds in front of the minor places.

“It’s my first ever elite win and it’s something I’ve maybe thought it was out of the question in the era of Dan McConnell, but the rest of us are starting to really challenge him and I’m just really happy.”

Nankervis, who finished second here last year, tried to match it with Johnston early in the six lap race.

“First lap was ok, then I had a stack into a tree and Trekky was going that solid I couldn’t catch him again.”

“Lately I’ve been doing a lot of training for these types of races and haven’t tapered at all, and I think it might work in my favour,” warned Nankervis ahead of Round 6 on Sunday.

In the junior men, Wright’s purple patch of form continued, as he produced the third fastest overall lap time of the day and accounted for another stacked junior men’s field.

Despite his untarnished record this season, the Brisbane-based rider wasn’t expecting to again dominate a talented field.

“Going into the season I’ve been feeling really strong but I actually had my doubts today.”

Cameron Wright once again won the Junior Men's category.
Cameron Wright once again won the Junior Men’s category.

Another junior relishing the Australian season is New Zealand’s Jessica Manchester (NZL).

The diminutive Kiwi was again unstoppable as she racked up another victory on foreign soil and is heavily backed to claim the Oceania title in two weeks time.

Mt Buller Welcomes The MIND BODY BIKE Women’s Festival

A weekend away at Buller means smiles all around!
A weekend away at Buller means smiles all around!

A new event for the mountain, the MIND BODY BIKE Women’s Festival is designed exclusively for women, offering a variety of activities to suit a range of interests.

No matter what sort of riding you're into, Mt Buller has you covered.
No matter what sort of riding you’re into, Mt Buller has you covered.

The festival encourages women to get away from the ordinary and reconnect and recharge with friends in beautiful mountain surrounds.

Does it get any nicer?
Does it get any nicer?

There is a range of programs for each facet of the event, with four different activity and accommodation packages available.

For bike lovers there are two options; a cross country mountain bike package suitable for beginner and intermediate riders, ‘BIKE’, and for the truly adventurous the ‘BIKE – GRAVITY’ package, which is downhill focused.

Bring your full face along to the Gravity weekend!
Bring your full face along to the Gravity weekend!

The ‘BIKE’ package offers a full weekend of mountain biking for women to brush up on skills, learn new techniques and enjoy the highs of riding alpine single track, whilst the ‘BIKE – GRAVITY’ program will have riders hitting the downhill trails with expert instructors, as well as specialist suspension and bike setup classes.

Ready to ride at Mt Buller's Mind, Body, Bike Women's Festival (c) Andrew Railton, Mt BullerSuitable for beginner to intermediate riders, this event is not just about bikes. The ‘MIND’ Package focusses on tranquility, mindfulness and relaxation, with activities including painting, cooking, an optional beginner bike skills course, Metafit class and yoga, whilst the ‘BODY’ Package combines food and fitness, featuring cooking classes, guided mountain bike rides, Metafit class and yoga.

We don't think it'll be too hard to get into a relaxed mindset.
We don’t think it’ll be too hard to get into a relaxed mindset.

There are also day trips available on the Delatite River Trail that include lunch, guides and shuttle or for guests seeking a customised itinerary tailor-made weekend packages can be put together for individuals or groups.

The Delatite River trail is an absolute classic.
The Delatite River Trail is an absolute classic.

Group Marketing Manager Gill Dobson is thrilled to welcome the event to the mountain. “The idyllic mountain scenery at Mt Buller will provide the perfect backdrop for women to take some time out to focus on themselves, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Mt Buller’s world-class bike trails are the ideal location for women to come together to ride, relax and recharge.”

Along with riding, there'll be plenty of time to put your feet up over the weekend.
Along with riding, there’ll be plenty of time to put your feet up over the weekend.

“The range of activities on offer over the weekend, and the quality of the tuition will ensure everyone leaves feeling exhilarated and re-engaged, ready to tackle the world head-on!”

Smiles for miles.
Smiles for miles.

For further information visit mtbuller.com.au.

Introducing The Next Generation Intense Tracer

Dean Lucas aboard the new Intense Tracer.
Dean Lucas aboard the new Intense Tracer.

We’re very excited to see a new Tracer from Intense, after having a ton of fun on their Spider trail bike in both 27.5″ and 29″ iterations last year. Hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on one soon, the geometry and suspension tweaks sound like real winners on paper. Read on for the official word from Intense.


Three years in the making, the new Tracer has big shoes to fill. Its predecessor was one of the brand’s most acclaimed, best-selling models to date and won the “Interbike Bike of the Year Award” in 2014.

The new Tracer has big shoes to fill!
We’re expecting big things from the new Tracer!

For 2017, the new bike offers up a modern trail geometry, with longer reach and a full extra inch of wheelbase, for a more stable ride.

The JS Tuned suspension platform has been refined and offers an updated carbon top link, providing a stiffer package and more efficient pedaling platform.

The Tracer's suspension layout characteristics have received some tweaks.
The Tracer’s suspension layout characteristics have received some tweaks, including a new top link.

The Tracer is available in five builds, and is also offered as a frame-only.


ELITE BUILD // Carbon Front & Rear Triangle / JS-Enduro link pivot system / Carbon upper link / Sram X01 Eagle / Fabric Saddle / RoxkShox Reverb Stealth Seatpost / Sram Guide Brakes

The Intense Tracer Elite Build is the most premium build of Tracer being brought into Australia.
The Intense Tracer Elite Build is the most premium build being brought into Australia.

PRO BUILD // Carbon Front & Rear Triangle / JS-Enduro link pivot system / Carbon upper link / Sram X1, 11-speed / Fabric Saddle, RockShox Reverb Stealth Dropper Post / Sram Guide Brakes

The Intense Tracer Pro Build.
The Intense Tracer Pro Build.

EXPERT BUILD // Carbon Front & Rear Triangle / JS-Enduro link pivot system / Alloy Upper Link / Shimano XT, 11 Speed / WTB Saddle / RockShox Reverb Dropper Post / Shimano XT Brakes

The Intense Tracer Expert Build.
The Intense Tracer Expert Build.

FOUNDATION BUILD // Carbon Front & Rear Triangle / JS-Enduro link pivot system / Alloy upper link / RockSox Lyric RC 160mm fork / RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock / Shimano XT, 11-speed / WTB Saddle / Shimano XT Brakes

The Intense Tracer Foundation Build.
The Intense Tracer Foundation Build.

Get all the details, including full specifications, geometry, photo gallery and more at:

www.intensecycles.com/bikes/tracer

Intense Cycles Announces Factory Race Team

Australia's Jack Moir and Dean Lucas return to Intense for 2017.
Australia’s Jack Moir and Dean Lucas return to Intense for 2017.

“Last year, we had some really good results and good times. Jack finished 10th at Worlds, Dean was 14th at Lenzerheide and Nik finished 3rd at Lourdes and 5th overall for the year. We’re looking to stay healthy and strong this year and maximize our potential,” – Team Manager, Bernat Guardia.

Jack Moir finished 2016 with an impressive 10th place at the World Championships.
Jack Moir finished 2016 with an impressive 10th place at the World Championships.

Charlie Harrison will add to the that potential. Last year, his first year in the Elite category, he finished in 14th place at both Andorra and World Champs. He is as happy to be on board as the team is to have him. “I honestly couldn’t be more excited and grateful about being a part of IFR. The team’s family feel is exactly what I need in order to be successful. I’m really looking forward to all the amazing memories and laughs in the next couple of years.”

Young American rider Charlie Harrison is one to watch.
Young American rider Charlie Harrison is one to watch.

Also joining the team as Technical Director/Lead Mechanic is long-time Intense crew member, Chappy Fiene. Chappy is a former pro motocross racer, and talented mountain bike rider in his own right. He has a deep understanding of the inner workings of bike mechanics, and will work closely with Ernest Adalid, who has worked with IFR for several years as team mechanic.

Intense have added another mechanic to their program this year.
Intense have added another mechanic to their program this year.

Bonus members of the IFR crew for this year are Nathan Hughes, team photographer, and Jenn Gabrielli, who will be handling PR, sponsorship and media relations.

Dean Lucas looks excited about the year ahead.
Dean Lucas looks excited about the year ahead.

In addition to the incredible riders and crew, IFR welcomes with open arms its new sponsors for 2017. “We are incredibly happy to be working with the very best companies in each category”, says Intense CEO, Andrew Herrick.

The team will be rocking Troy Lee Designs clothing and helmets in 2017.
The team will be rocking Troy Lee Designs clothing and helmets in 2017.

SRAM, Rock Shox, Maxxis Tires, Troy Lee Designs, Enve Composites, Fabric Saddles, Von Zipper, E*13, Crank Brothers, Cane Creek, ODI, Ti Springs and Pedros round out the program’s “dream team” of sponsors.

The team includes an impressive list of sponsors, including the well-renowned Pedro's Bike Tools.
The team includes an impressive list of sponsors, including the well-renowned Pedro’s Bike Tools.

“It’s great to have such a cohesive team and amazing list of supporters. It will make for a deadly combination and provide us with some unbeatable R&D opportunities to develop what’s next,” says Intense Founder, Jeff Steber.


Jack Moir:

Age:22
Hometown: Morisset Park, Australia
2016 Highlights:
10th place Andorra
10th place World Champs
Favorite track: Mont Sainte Anne

“This year’s setup is going to be dialed, with a new teammate and some rad new sponsors, so I’m super excited to get the whole team together and go racing!”

JM


Dean Lucas:

Age: 21
Hometown: Wooragee, Australia
2016 Hightlights: 14th at Lenzerheide
Favorite track: Lourdes

“I feel like a big slice of butter melting over a big old stack of flap jacks. Very happy to be on board with such a positive, supportive team!”

DL


Charlie Harrison:

Age:19
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
2016 Highlights: 14th at both Andorra and World Championships
Favorite track- Mount Sainte Anne

“I honestly couldn’t be more excited and grateful about being a part of IFR. I’m really looking forward to all the amazing memories and laughs in the next couple years with the team.”

CH


Nik Nestoroff:

Age: 17
Hometown: ‘Merika
2016 Highlights: 3rd at Lourdes, 5th Overall (Junior Men)
Favorite track: Val Di Sole

“My goal for this year is to do my best, have fun, and win some races!”

NN

Maydena Bike Park Plans Released

The Maydena Bike Park will be a full time, year-round gravity bike park, located in stunning wilderness in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, a 1:15 hour drive from Hobart.

We didn’t think it could get any more attractive to get down to Tasmania for a riding trip, but we’re happy to be proved wrong by this announcement!

With Tasmania already having a bevy of top quality riding locations, we're starting to get pretty jealous of the Apple Islanders!
With Tasmania already having a bevy of top quality riding locations, we’re starting to get pretty jealous of the Apple Islanders!

The Maydena Bike Park is being developed by renowned trail building company, Dirt Art. The Park utilises the currently disused ‘Eagles Eyrie’ building, a multi-million dollar visitor centre located over 800 vertical metres above the township of Maydena.

The disused 'Eagles Eyrie' building will be repurposed by the Maydena Bike Park.
The disused ‘Eagles Eyrie’ building will be repurposed by the Maydena Bike Park.

A network of over 60km of gravity-focused (all mountain/enduro and downhill) trails will connect the summit with the park’s base building in the town centre, offering over 800m of vertical descending across a range of trails for all abilities.

The proposed trail map for Maydena Bike Park, exciting stuff!
The proposed trail map for Maydena Bike Park, exciting stuff!

Recent work from Dirt Art includes the insanely good Hero Trail at Bright in Victoria, and the plan for Maydena is to have each of their trail teams from all around the country make at least one trail each.

It doesn't get much better than the Hero trail at Bright, seriously.
It doesn’t get much better than the Hero trail at Bright, seriously.

As each Dirt Art Team Leader and their team has a unique style of trail building, the variety of riding on offer is sure to offer something for every type of rider.

There'll be jumps and berms at Maydena, but there'll also be tech lines and natural trails- sounds good to us!
There’ll be jumps and berms at Maydena, but there’ll also be technical lines and more natural trails- sounds good to us!

The bike park base building will include; café, bar and beer garden, bike hire, bike shop, skills clinics and tours and retail area.

The old Maydena primary school will be re-adapted to include numerous facilities to complement the Bike Park.
The old Maydena primary school will be re-adapted to include numerous facilities to complement the Bike Park.

Construction is due to start mid 2017, ready for an opening in early 2018.

More project information include concept plans can be found at www.maydenabikepark.com.au or via social media; Facebook- Maydena Bike Park and Instagram- @maydenabikepark