Nothing gets us quite as excited as a fresh, loamy trail. Multiply that trail 15 times and point them all down an 820m mountain, and we’re almost lost for words. So, we’ll just shut up and let you watch.
Maydena Bike Park’s construction team, Dirt Art, currently has 15 staff and seven excavators working on site constructing the first stage of trails, with more than 15 gravity trails set to open on the 26th of January 2018.
Construction teams have been working through challenging spring conditions but have still managed to construct an incredible network of trails. 12 gravity trails have now been completed, ranging from smooth, beginner flow trails through to double black diamond technical trails.
A huge 20-tonne excavator has just arrived on site, with works now underway on the park’s massive ‘jump zone’, which will see the construction of beginner, intermediate and advanced jump trails. These jump trails will offer opportunities for riders of all abilities to safely progress their jumping skills.
This video is the first of a regular monthly video release, which will showcase completed trails and other progress at the park. Next months video will include a range of footage from in and around the park’s summit and base building, showing the full extent of facilities in this major bike park development.
The park operates on a pre-booking model, with sell-outs likely at peak times. For more information or to make a booking, head to www.maydenabikepark.com
We visited Maydena earlier in the year and what really struck us, was the size of that hill! 820 vertical metres from the town centre to the summit bar and cafe makes Maydena the tallest bike park in Australia. We won’t be riding to the top, either. A year round shuttle service delivers riders to the summit, where they’ll have 30+km of gravity fed trails to choose from on opening day, with another 90km planned over the coming years.
The bike park is being designed and built by Dirt Art, a company founded in Tasmania, who carry a lot of credibility when it comes to gravity oriented trails. The Hero Trail in Bright’s Mystic Mountain Bike Park quickly got our adrenaline pumping and Thredbo’s All Mountain Track showed us how a fun, flowing descent can just keep going and going. Keep in mind Maydena will be 200m taller than Thredbo, so we can’t wait to experience the variety of trails that Dirt Art create on such a canvas.
Maydena Bike Park is offering a limited number of lifetime memberships to their ‘Collective’. Astute riders who appreciate the epicness of Maydena have the opportunity to secure deals and special offers covering everything from a merch pack to uplift discounts and a VIP shuttle queue. Collective members can feel good too because their investment will help fund even better trails come opening day, which is scheduled for January 26th 2018.
If you live in Tasmania or can see yourself heading there on a regular basis, we think the Maydena Collective memberships are well worth checking out. Find more details in the official press release below, including how you could be in the running for the ‘Golden Ticket’.
Maydena Collective Membership Program Launch
The Maydena Bike Park is a large-scale, year-round gravity-based bike park, located in stunning wilderness in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, a 1:15 hour drive from Hobart. The park is being developed by renowned trail building company, Dirt Art. The park will provide a year-round uplift service, accessing an eventual 120+km of gravity-based trails.
Maydena Bike Park is pleased to announce the impending release of the park’s highly- anticipated membership program, the Maydena Collective. The Collective program replaces a traditional season pass system with a unique lifetime membership program, which offers a large range of discounts and special offers. Collective memberships are available only in limited numbers, and once sold out the offer will not be repeated. Available at both a Premium and Standard price point, priced at $449.00 and $249.00 respectively, memberships provide a lifetime of discounts for the member with no ongoing membership costs. A full overview of membership inclusions, additional details and terms and conditions are available at www.maydenabikepark.com.
All members who sign up before July 31st 2017 will go in the draw to have their membership upgraded to a ‘Golden Ticket.’ The Golden Ticket provides unlimited free uplift access for life, without the need to book. The Golden Ticket winner will also win an exclusive VIP ride day with Sam Hill.
You’ll find the town of Maydena about an hour west of Hobart. It’s a bloody beautiful drive too – passing through hops fields, hedge rows, following the pretty Derwent and Tyenna Rivers. It’s within day-trip distance from Hobart, but there’s already a bunch of accommodation options in town, and more to come, so staying on site and enjoying the vibe of this beautiful area is possible too.
Maydena is on the cusp on Tasmania’s impenetrable Southwest National Park – a quarter of the state that is as wild as it gets, accessible by only foot, boat or helicopter- and from the summit of the park, you’ve got views deep into the wilderness, not a sign of habitation, just dense forest folded into rolling valleys, stabbed through by occasionally craggy peaks. In short, it’s a magical part of the world. It’s also just down the road from Mt Field National Park, one of Tassie’s most visited sites, home of the Russel Falls, and the Styx Valley which has some of the tallest trees in the state.
What sets Maydena apart from existing developments?
The elevation is one thing. The park has over 820m of vertical drop from the summit to Maydena way below. That’s about 200m more than Thredbo, and twice the elevation of Mt Mystic in Bright, to put things in perspective! According to Dirt Art, the average descent length from summit to base will be over 10km. That is MASSIVE.
Maydena Bike Park is also a privately run park, just like Thredbo or other lift/shuttle accessed trails, you’ll pay to ride. Obviously one of the virtues of being a privately run operation, not a public facility, is that trail builders are freed of any ‘sanitising’ influences – steeper, wilder trails, with more challenging lines than you’ll find on public lands are definitely on the cards.
There won’t be any climbing to the top here either – this will be a gravity park through and through. You’ll be shuttled to the top, with buses departing from the centre of town and taking you right to the summit building, where there’ll be a bar and cafe, so you can chill out soaking in the incredible views on the deck before dropping in.
So is this a downhill park?
There’ll definitely be some more full-on downhill style trails and sections in Maydena Bike Park, but the bulk of the riding will be targeted at the Enduro style rider, on a 150-180mm travel bike.
In addition to the more gravity-focused trails, Dirt Art will also building a longer back-country epic descent, that will head out into some beautiful sub-alpine terrain. The intention is that this trail alone will be around 16km long.
An Aussie version of Whistler?
There’s certainly that potential. Dirt Art are taking a very wholistic approach to this project, pulling in all their experience not just in trail building, but also in seeing how bike parks and successful mountain bike destinations operate all over the world.
This means in addition to the shuttles and trail building/maintenance, Dirt Art will be running bike hire and accommodation, as well as setting up a brewery and a cafe/restaurant that will use locally grown hops and other produce.
So how much trail will there be?
Dirt Art are planning to launch the park with close to 50km of descending trail, with plans to double this within a couple of years. They’ll be launching with a mix of trail styles too, from machine-built jump trails (in a similar style to the Hero Trail in Bright) through to hand-cut singletrack tech lines.
When is Maydena Bike Park opening?
The final opening date is yet to be confirmed, but early 2018 is the aim. In the coming months Maydena Bike Park will be releasing more information about bookings, pricing and the like. Visit the Maydena Bike Park site, or their Facebook page for more.
As an aside, it’s incredible to see what a positive impact this development is already having on the local economy. Trail building hasn’t even commenced here yet, but locals are reaping the benefits already with property prices doubling in the past few months. Read more about it here.
Dirt Art are the crew behind some of Australia’s most successful trail projects, including the new Hero Trail at Bright (watch the vid), the Hollybank MTB Park (vid here) and the upcoming Maydena Bike Park. And now they’re giving clubs the chance to secure their expertise for free.
Read on for all the details below:
Dirt Art are pleased to release their first club grants program, offering Australian not-for-profit groups the opportunity to apply for free design, consultancy and construction services.
The grants program formalises Dirt Art’s long history of donating significant resources back to the Australian industry annually. The grants are open to any Australian not-for-profit group, who has permission from relevant land owners/managers for the visit and/or construction works to occur. The grants on offer are;
– Two individual one day site visit grants to assist in the provision of design and/or consultancy services. These grants are perfect for helping groups begin the process of pursuing a mountain bike development.
– One construction grant, providing one week of construction services from one of Dirt Art’s skilled trail crews (including an excavator)
The grants include all travel, accommodation and staffing costs.
Interested groups can send a one page PDF summary of your project, noting key
benefits the grant will provide, to [email protected] Applications close 11am Monday May 10th.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bike park base building will include; café, bar and beer garden, bike hire, bike shop, skills clinics and tours and retail area.
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
The Maydena Bike Park is an ambitious project led by internationally-renowned trail company Dirt Art (www.dirtart.com.au) to re-purpose an abandoned $6.5m tourism development into a large-scale commercial mountain bike park and adventure centre.
On Friday the proposal received a green light from the Tasmanian Government, passing stage two of approvals and moving into a lease phase for the site. The development will offer over 100km of purpose-built trails, focusing on the gravity all-mountain and downhill markets with over 60km of shuttle accessed trails proposed, beginning at the stunning Eagles Eyrie building some 820m vertical above the base visitor centre.
Catering for everyone from absolute beginners through to world-level elite riders, the year round trail network will offer stunning views and an incredible variety of natural technical and machine-built flow/jump trails.
The proposal includes a large retail and food and beverage centre at both the base building and summit, which will include; bar, restaurant, bike hire, tours, skills coaching and a large events centre. Building on the gravity network, a free-use cross country trail network of 40+km is proposed to be developed around the township of Maydena. Pending final approvals the facility is slated for an opening in Summer 2016/2017.
‘This is one of the most unique and exciting projects we have been involved with, it’s an opportunity to present our absolute best trail design and construction in a stunning wilderness setting, with the largest elevation drop of any purpose-built mountain bike trail in the southern hemisphere.
Our company are strong advocates of the gravity (all mountain and downhill) mountain bike scene, and this is our chance to truly showcase this style of riding’, Simon French (Managing Director- Dirt Art)
Some incredibly exciting news has just come our way, via Tasmanian trail builders, Dirt Art. In a development that may well set a new precedent for Australian mountain bike parks, the Tasmanian state government has granted provisional approval for a huge new mountain bike development in Maydena, in Tasmania’s south.
The proposal is based around Eagles Eyre, a currently vacant multi-million dollar visitor centre and restaurant, 600m vertical above the township of Maydena, which lies on the main thoroughfare from Hobart to Tassie’s west coast (which is also about to receive a $1.2 million mountain bike trail development).
The Maydena proposal is no toe-in-the-water kind of approach either – what has been slated dwarfs any Australian mountain bike park to date. Proposed features include:
– 100km of purpose-built mountain bike trails (developed over multiple stages)
– A focus on gravity trails (all mountain and downhill) offering up to 600m of vertical descending
– The showpiece trail will be a 20km descending all mountain trail, through stunning alpine rock scree and dense rainforest
– Stunning myrtle forest environment backing onto the Styx Valley, home to some of the worlds largest trees
– Commercial shuttle service accessing the summit of the site
– Free-for-use access to the proposed cross country trail network, with paid shuttle access to gravity trails
– Restaurant, cafe, bar and bike shop retail
– Tours, skills coaching, bike and equipment hire
– Proposed future stages include a range of adventure activities, such as; zip lines, four wheel drive tours, eco tours and bush walking.
“This preliminary approval will allow us to begin developing a detailed proposal, which will face further assessment in due course,” says Simon French of Dirt Art. “There’s a lot of work to go yet, but this will be huge for mountain biking in Australia.
“We are understandably pretty excited about this proposal getting the nod – the site is a blank canvas where we can showcase our absolute best trail concepts without the typical limitations of publicly funded developments. And 600m vertical, accessed via a shuttle road, with a multi-million dollar visitor centre at the summit- how good is that!?”
While we mainlanders have been making cruel (and basically untrue, of course) jokes about Tasmanians for years, it’s now their turn to laugh at us. Because when it comes to mountain biking, Tasmania is storming ahead of the rest of Australia in the trails-to-population ratio.
The first part of our whirlwind trip to Tassie was spent unwrapping the brand new parcel of singletrack love that is the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park. Watch the video and read all about this fantastic new development here. Stop number two was in Hobart, or more specifically, the rabbit warren of great trails on the Meehan Range on the eastern shore of the River Derwent. On these steep slopes, a combination of professional trail builders and passionate volunteers have stitched together a network of over 30km of trails, which have now become the backbone of the Hobart riding scene. Slotted neatly in alongside the Tasman Highway, these trails bring mountain biking right up to the edge of suburban development; they’re the perfect example of what can be achieved when you have a council which ‘gets it’. Rather than driving the sport into the depths of some far flung state forest, Clarence City Council has encouraged the development of the network within a stone’s throw of backyard Hills Hoists. While we were there, we ran into every possible variant of mountain biker, from racers on a training ride through to groups of kids out for school sport, so the ethos of accessibility is obviously working, and it’s attracting droves of new riders. “Even a year ago, the carparks at the trailheads where typically empty,” says Simon French of Dirt Art, “whereas now you’re lucky to find a park even on a weekday.”
It’s already an incredible playground, with an interesting mix of hand built singletrack, intermingled with machine-built flow trail. The network is also home to arguably the nicest view of Hobart you can reach on your bike, with cliff top trails offering you a beautiful outlook over the city, Mt Wellington providing an imposing backdrop. But as good as the current web of trails may be, it’s the proposed master plan being championed by local trail builders Dirt Art which has the potential to cement Hobart as the premiere mountain bike-friendlly capital city in Australia.
In a nutshell, the Meehan Range Strategic Trail Plan seeks to consolidate and formalise the best bits of the existing network, and add up to 70km of new trail, bringing the proposed total up to a staggering 100km of dedicated mountain bike trails, all within a five-minute drive of the CBD. “The plan provides a range of iconic longer distance rides, while also offering a number of flow and technical all-mountain descents,” says Simon French. With mountain biking already booming in Hobart, if the entire strategic plan is realised in full, we could be looking at Australia’s own version of Rotorua, without a word of exaggeration – lucky then that the master plan contains expanded carpark and event centre facilities, because we get the feeling they’ll be needed!
Our recent journey to the apple isle had two motivations, the first of which was to check out the brand new Hollybank Mountain Bike Park, just a few minutes outside Launceston. While mountain biking was first slated as a development option for the Hollybank Forest Reserve in 2003, it was only early this year that shovels broke earth and construction began on more than 20km of new trails. Local Tasmanian trail builders, Dirt Art, have been hard at work in the rocky terrain all year and now the goodies are on the table to be enjoyed.
There are three main trails in the park, all feeding into each other and allowing a natural progression; there’s something for riders still developing their skills all the way through to those looking to put a few dings in their rims on high-speed, rocky hammerfests. The 5.5km No Sweat loop passes through a wide range of vegetation and terrain, with no significant climbing and an all-weather trail surface that should allow year-round riding.
While more experienced mountain bikers will likely bypass No Sweat for the more challenging Tall Timbers or Juggernaut, this kind of trail is absolutely key for growing the sport and we’re sure it’ll see a lot of use by tour groups, school groups and those getting into the sport. It also passes right by an incredible swimming hole, so note it down for a hot day. No Sweat eventually drops you back right at the trailhead of the intermediate rated Tall Timbers, which has some of the most incredible, loamy berms. Their perfect, rounded, bowled out shape is like they’ve been carved out the earth with some giant ice-cream scoop. After six kays of ripping flow-trail descending and mellow climbs, you find yourself with the option to take on Juggernaut, the real jewel of the Hollybank park.
Without a word of exaggeration, Juggernaut is amongst the best trails we’ve ridden in Australia.
Juggernaut is technically rideable as an out and back (a 20km return trip), but with the whole trail being easily shuttleable, we can’t envisage too many people will go climbing it. The access road to the top is a gazetted public road, though rather than shake our own car to bits, we took advantage of the shuttle services offered by VertigoMTB who can provide un uplift service for over a dozen riders at very reasonable prices. Check here for shuttle service dates.
Without a word of exaggeration, Juggernaut is amongst the best trails we’ve ridden in Australia. Constructed in incredibly rugged, rocky terrain, Dirt Art have managed to blend the best of both machine-built and hand-built trails in one 20+ minute descent. Getting the trail building digger through involved some fairly hairy winching exercises apparently, but the results speak for themselves. Juggernaut possesses a technical challenge that few new generation ‘flow trails’ deliver. It’s fast, rough in places, and uses the natural rock features to find awesome rhythm with some steeper black-diamond lines thrown in as optional extras. Eventually the trail links back onto Tall Timbers to complete the return loop, or you can easily pop back out onto the access road to shuttle till your heart is content and your brakes don’t work any more.
Hollybank is the first cab off the rank in the North-East Tasmania mountain bike master plan, and with a lot more trail on the way we can see ourselves spending a lot of time in this sensational part of the world. Jump on a plane (or the ferry) and take a look for yourself.
Here’s our hot tip: north-east Tasmania is going to become the epicentre of mountain bike tourism in Australia very soon. The investment in mountain biking infrastructure underway here is huge, and the first piece in the puzzle to have been dropped into place is the Hollybank Mountain Bike park, just outside Launceston.
The Hollybank Mountain Bike Park has been under construction for almost seven months now and the drapes are all set to be lifted this weekend at the trail centre’s official launch. Hundreds of eager crew will get their first taste of the Hollybank trails on Saturday, and we can promise you there’s going to be a lot of frothing going on.
Dirt Art are the team who have been entrusted with crafting this very promising site into a 20km+ network of trails, and after a bit of badgering they finally acquiesced and allowed us to take a sneak peek last week. This local crew have done an incredible job creating a park that not only caters for all levels of riders, but really facilitates their progression. There’s a 5km green loop, No Sweat, that makes the most of the varied vegetation and terrain types in the park’s lower reaches, taking riders through open eucalypt forest, pines and rainforest. This trail passes right by a cracking swimming hole too, so it’ll be a popular option come summer. No Sweat feeds into tall Tall Timbers, the 6km intermediate trail which has some of the most luscious, loamy, berms we’ve ever seen. With two incredible descents linked by mellow climbs, it’s the ideal feeder for Hollybank’s crowning glory – Juggernaut.
Juggernaut is technically a two-way trail, but we can’t imagine too many riders are going to grind up the 11km descent (yes, an 11km descent) when it’s so easy to shuttle to the top. (A big thanks to Buck Gibson from Vertigo MTB for playing selfless shuttle driver for us – Vertigo MTB will be providing ongoing shuttle services too, so get in touch). A full run down Juggernaut will take most riders 20-25 minutes of nearly pure descending, but it’s the quality and unique nature of the trail that really sets this apart from other iconic descents across Australia.
The terrain on the upper half of the trail is what would normally be a trail builder’s nightmare, nearly pure rock. But rather than fight the terrain, Dirt Art have worked with some of the most amazing features like huge rock slabs and chutes to create an experience that blends the best parts of a machine-built trail with the kind of attention to detail and technical features normally only found on a hand-built trail. It’s amazing how this trail manages to find flow in terrain where you’d least expect it – get your timing right and you can pump your way across the rocks like a massive granite rhythm section. Juggernaut is listed as a blue/intermediate trail, but we’d definitely call it a ‘dark’ blue, and there are some optional lines that fall well into the black diamond realm.
If you’re a Taswegian, get yourself along this weekend, or if you’re from interstate you’ve now got another very good reason to make that Tassie mountain bike trip a reality.
The official word from trail builders, Dirt Art: Dirt Art are excited to announce that our company has been selected to develop the second stage of the highly-popular Old Mans Valley Mountain Bike Park in Hornsby, NSW.
The 2.1km (approximate) trail develop will build upon the existing trails to create a wide range of new, world-class riding opportunities. The development will include a number of natural and built-form trail features, including some newly designed features that have only just left our CAD program. Work is set to commence in late January/early February, with anticipated construction period of 4-5 weeks. Our team is looking forward to hitting the ground to turn the first soil on what will be an exciting new network of trails.