Rain and some resource constraints have hindered progress on the new trails going into the Parklands Conservation Park but we’re progressing once again with Trailworx bringing out the big guns with a 5t excavator flanked by two smaller ones to get things back on track.
The downpour we had the other week highlighted various drainage issues along the beginners loop that the last trail care session crew started fixing (thanks guys!). Since then a few of us have been scraping flat the tyre ruts and reworking the drainage but there’s still lots to do, particularly the rutted berms.
Plan is to get a bunch of the sandstone rocks cut and transported to each location needing rock armouring – drainage dips and the bridge ramps. Road base capping will be spread over the lower sections of the beginners loop to make them more resilient to ruts and generally harder wearing.
Upcoming features of the black trail, apart from the usual berms and rollers, are natural drops, a natural rock garden, a S shaped berm with a jump transition in the middle and some big rollers at the end so you can send it for the spectators.
The black trail will need close attention to detail. Trailworx will point out what’s left to be do, the trick is to not undo anything they have set up as that will either cause them to revisit or will cause premature trail degradation.
Next up will be the ‘blue’ trail, then the skills area. Then the remediation (of sections) of existing trails such as Road Rage and Anger Management. Once those are finished and the grants acquitted the new QLD MTB Strategy will hopefully be ready for us to review and align our trail strategy against – then we’ll start the cycle again by doing up detailed plans, getting quotes, applying for grants, and if successful, build more trails.
So please keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming trail care days – they’ll be coming along fast during the next 3 – 4 months.
Don’t forget that you can check out Trail Forks for updates on trail conditions and additions and our Trail Care page for the rest.
As you may know MTBA along with Common Ground Trails are engaging the MTB community around Queensland so as to inform a Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy – if not check out our post about it here, we encourage everyone to complete the survey. Part of their engagement is asking various clubs and trail associations for any documented plans they may have for their regions and if they would like to set up a meeting to talk about them. We’re happy to say that we’ve quickly produced and submitted a draft ‘Trail Development Strategy’ document and will be speaking with Common Ground Trails early November.
We have made our Trail Development Strategy publicly available on our trails page, right under the trail counts.
We intend to review this document annually with input from the community and land managers however please don’t let that stop you from providing your ideas on new and existing trails across the Sunshine Coast region at any time.
Thanks goes to Rob, Michael and QPWS for helping review this document with short notice.
Quick update on the counters. This afternoon I collected the trail counts for September/October making four months worth to analyse. Parklands looks like it currently receives around 550 mountain bike visits a month although it’s still very early days and we expect that to trend up and down over the seasons. Also we’ve made the weekly totals available on our trail care page with an adjustable period (click the date range in the top right corner), I’ve included it below so you know what it looks like.
While collecting the counts I checked a few of the new trails to find they’re holding up well given the heavy rain this week. There’s a few parts that have suffered damage that we’ll try and get to during trail care tomorrow (8am, Radar Hill Rd car park) if it’s not raining too much.
Trailworx didn’t get a chance to continue work at Parklands this week because of the rain so they’re aiming for mid next week if the weather is good.
“There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Mark Twain
Our Department of Raindancing, Astrology and Clipless Pedals has just reported we have had 120mm of rain at Parklands in the last 2 days. This is GREAT news for the new trails in Parklands as it means all that dust will be packed down and hardened (and we can fix that loose berm along Rookie Road). However if they get ridden, even while slightly wet, we’ll end up with a chopped up surface that will need to be scraped smooth and it’ll go dusty again – so please, please, please avoid riding the new trails (or any trail for that matter) until they’re nice and dry.
Instead of riding on our awesome trails maybe do some of the following:
Service your bike – top up the tyre sealant, clean the chain, grease your bearings, replace that old emergency energy gel in your bag or just simply sit and look at your bike – when was the last time you two had a good chat?
Bring out your inner BMX Bandit – ride along the coastal pathway or something – nice views, plenty of coffee places and you can impress the balance bike kids as you bang down stairs and over gutters etc.
Turn on Youtube or Redbull – watch some awesome MTB things like the UCI XC and DH events, Redbull Rampage and Crankworx stuff. Watch some cool training videos and then practice some manualling and bike handling on the driveway (“Wheelies pull the chicks/dudes” – Dr Phil*).
Roadie ride – Blow the dust off the road bike and go for an easy century around the coast and hinterland – LOL! yeah we’re just kidding!
Thanks for understanding.
Ride safe, Ride well, Ride on!
* Dr Phil didn’t actually say that wheelies pull the chicks or dudes.