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Parklands MTB Trails Project Update – NEW BLUE TRAIL IS OPEN – 09/02/2018

Parklands MTB Trails Project Update – NEW BLUE TRAIL IS OPEN – 09/02/2018
The new blue trail is open

Stair feature towards top of trail

Hi Folks,

I’m happy to report that the ‘blue’ trail has been given the okay and is open for riding just in time for the weekend. As with any trail that you haven’t ridden before please give a slow roll or two first.

Note that the skills area is still closed due to it being too wet so please let it dry.

The Road Rage remediation is well underway and we anticipate it to be completed soon if the weather holds off.

We’ll have a trail opening BBQ next weekend once it’s all good to go!

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Reminder – QPWS Unsanctioned Trails Community Meeting this Friday

Reminder – QPWS Unsanctioned Trails Community Meeting this Friday

Hi Folks,

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have organised a community engagement session to discuss the recent trail closure within the Mapleton National Park. Could be a great opportunity to clear the air on both sides and show the need for advance level trails on the coast?

Details as follows:

Time: 3:30PM onwards
Date: Friday, 9th February 2018
Location: Ground Floor Seminar Room, Mike Ahern Building, 12 First Avenue, Maroochydore
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Fk3nqE3LeoE2

 

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Parklands MTB Trails Project Update 30/01/2018

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Parklands MTB Trails Project Update 30/01/2018
The beginning of the new blue trail

Hi Folks,

We’re happy to say that we’re nearing completion of the project. While everyone was distracted with the shiny new green and black trails, Trailworx and QPWS have been busy cutting in the new blue trail, the skills area course and has started on the remediation on some sections of Road Rage.

Whipping through those trees should be pretty awesome.

The new blue trail is shaping up to be a pretty fast track with long straights and streamlined berms. There’s a few surprises in the form of a few skinnies, jumps and some rock features (not gardens). It’s still really soft but a bit of rain and sun will produce that good hardpack surface that the Parkies dirt is great for.

The skills area course will come up pretty schmick with multiple options to tune the difficulty level as you go along. So starts of easy and lets you bail out before hitting the more difficult features. It also offers different options and ramps up towards the end where it meets the end of the new blue trail.

The concept of these trails is skills progression. So they are designed to build up a novice rider to one who can tackle the majority of trails around Parklands and elsewhere. Going along Rookie Road to the start of the skills course and onto the green loop will build basic skills and fitness. Then onto the trickier parts of the skills course and mixing runs of the blue trail, further building skills at speed and fitness from climbing up that fire road. Then it’s onto the black track to further build skills with jumps, rocks and drops.

The skills area course and blue trail have been added to Trailforks but are marked closed.

As for Road Rage the anthill/quarry section is getting a new line while the existing line has largely been left in place. We tried to achieve the balance of fixing up the unsustainable bits and adding a bit of new stuff while still trying to maintain it’s character. After this section has been completed there will be more fixes closer to the car park end on the switchbacks.

Tomorrow the trail care container will be dragged to a new location to make way for seats and mulch around the skills area.

At this stage we’re looking at a mid February practical completion.

Read more for pictures!

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Unsanctioned Trail Building in Conservation Areas

Unsanctioned Trail Building in Conservation Areas

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) have asked us to help get the word out that they will be cracking down on illegal trail building in conservation areas. They have specifically pointed out the continued development of an unsanctioned trail within the Mapleton National Park.

QPWS have already warned against building this track a year ago but work has continued and the features along it have grown in number and size. QPWS will now close the track, remove all structures, and install surveillance cameras. Any continued building will be met with fines and legal action.

However the QPWS are happy to speak to the builders regarding current MTB opportunities they have and about future development in the Mapleton national park. Contact Senior Ranger Nat Smith on [email protected]

Stay safe, Keep Riding!

Bush Rangers Committee

The following are a few photos provided to us by QPWS of the unsanctioned trail.

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Watch out for the Parkrunners on Saturdays

Watch out for the Parkrunners on Saturdays
Remember to give way to trail runners

Give way to pedestrians and horses

Each Saturday morning one of the hardest Parkrun events in Australia happens in Parklands which is pretty awesome!

At 7am a heap of runners and walkers will move along the fire road parallel to the new black track for a few minutes as they commence their 5km loop through the park.

For these few minutes there is a potential risk of collision between a rider and a runner if:

  1. a rider flies out of the black or green tracks at speed;
  2. a rider rides back up the fire road in amongst the runners/walkers.

However there is a clear line of sight for riders and runners so there should be ample time for a rider to slow down, stop for a rest and allow the runners to pass through safely.

Please let new riders and visitors know that hikers, trail runners and horses use the fire roads and we need to give way to them.

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