The Hornsby MTB Trails (or Old Man's Valley as it's sometimes known) in Sydney's north must surely be one the most popular mountain bike trails in NSW, and a huge success. Opened in January 2013, in just the first eight months council's trail counters had registered over 33,000 laps of the trails! We can only imagine what that figure must be now.
It’s an exciting time for local riders, with the Hornsby MTB Trails just re-opening fully this past week. Over the past 18 months, the trails have been in something of a state of flux – the huge quarry that’s located near the trails was picked as the repository for untold tonnes of dirt and rubble, excavated as part of the huge North Connex tunnel project in Sydney’s north.
With literally hundreds of trucks coming and going each day, it was deemed too dangerous for riders and the trails were closed. But amazing behind the scenes work from key folk in the Hornsby Council Bushland Department, Synergy Trails, the Connex group and the Sydney North Off Road Cyclists made it possible for the trails to not only re-open but to grow.
The whole layout of the park was reworked, and two culverts under the roadway were installed, resulting in nearly two kilometres extra trail, plus a new jump park. With the new layout you can ride the trails repeatedly with different routes for a different feel each time, using a variety of climbing and descending options. Future expansion of the trails into the valley floor is in the long-term thinking too. The trails are open now, just in time for summer, so get to it! For more info, head here or check out the SNORC Facebook page.