Heading into a 4th year of operation, Maydena Bike Park (MBP) is pleased to announce the largest development phase ever undertaken in the park. Dubbed the ‘Renaissance Project’, the multi-million dollar project represents a whole new chapter for the park, with a range of new and reformatted trails and facilities under development. Utilising existing development approvals, works on the project are already underway. Up until recently, MBP has been unable to develop extensive trails at the lower park area due to a limited access agreement for the land in this area, which has significantly limited scope to develop beginner-friendly trails. MBP has recently purchased this land (over 200 acres), which provides capacity to launch into a whole new phase of trail and facilities development.
The ‘Renaissance Project’ focuses initially on major maintenance and reformatting of the park’s key flow trails, ensuring improved riding flow, more features and greater weather proofing. Many of the park’s trails will be completely re-constructed, with a strong emphasis on improving sustainability and ride quality.
A wide range of new trails and facilities will be developed, with a strong focus on broadening the park’s riding offering to a wider segment of the riding community, including new climbing trails, beginner-friendly trails and race trails. The project includes dirt jump and jump trail zones, and a mini-slopestyle course, along with a large skills park and air bag jump.
Beyond just trails, the development stage is a new restaurant and commercial kitchen, and a range of other new and upgraded facilities throughout the park.
A summary of all project elements can be found below.
Works are currently being undertaken to re-develop all key flow trails in the park. Trails such as The Local and Colour Blind, were already rider favourites, but will be re-launched bigger and better with a focus on improved flow and weatherproofing.
Trails that are in line to be significantly re-developed include;
- Flight School
- Colour Blind
- The Local
- South Crescent
- Big Hips
- Dial it Down
The majority of major trail upgrades will be completed before the park’s September 26th re-opening.
This development stage will add over 25km of trails to the park’s trail network, resulting in a total trail volume of approximately 100km. New trails will focus on broadening the range of trail styles and trail difficulty levels in the park, while significantly improving the park’s trail riding offerings.
Trail Riding Trails
The major component of expanding the park’s trail riding offering is a brand-new climbing trail, which will gently ascend to three new trail heads offering access to a number of new and upgraded trails. The park’s existing climb is very direct and can be tough for many riders, this new climb will provide a much gentler, gradual ascent, which is more scenic. The new climb offers loop options at multiple climbing elevation points (approximately 10m, 50m, 100m and 200m of elevation), forming a range of loops that are suitable for absolute beginner riders and young children. The existing Lower Turn Earner Trail (renamed Electric Avenue) will remain in place as an intermediate, more direct climbing trail option.
A number of new linking and contouring trails, and a major reorganisation of junctions and trail heads will significantly improve and expand the park’s trail riding offering.
Gravity-focused riding has and will always be the key riding opportunity at MBP. The park is adding a number of new descending trails, with a focus on lower-mountain trails from the Abbotts Road trail head.
In total, 10+ new gravity trails will be developed, suiting a wide range of riding styles.
Families, Kids and Beginners
One of the largest components of the Renaissance Project is a significant volume of new trails and facilities targeted at children, families and beginner riders. Starting at a strider bike level, a number of short, essentially flat new trail loops will cater to riders brand new to the sport. The project includes multiple new beginner-friendly descending trails from the park’s lower mountain, providing Australia’s first absolute beginner, uplift-accessed riding opportunities.
Significant skill progression opportunities will be built into these new beginner trails, with the entire lower mountain area to operate as effectively one large skills park.
MBP’s goal is to become Australia’s leading destination for beginner riders, and the Renaissance Project will ensure the park realises this goal.
Racing is part of the fabric of MBP, and this project will allow the park to cater to bigger, better and more diverse events than ever before. The lower area of the park will be completely redeveloped to provide a new start/finish and event village area, in readiness for larger-scale events.
A new world-level downhill trail is now under development, with an anticipated completion late 2020. The trail will provide a high-level downhill race experience for elite riders.
In readiness for hosting a range of new events, the project includes development of a new cross-country race course. The 4.5km course will be developed to UCI world-level specifications.
The Compound is a brand new zone on our lower mountain focused on large scale jump trails. The Compound will include a variety of jump lines and a mini-slopestyle course.
The Compound will focus on advanced and elite-level riding, offering riding opportunities typically requiring a passport to access.
On September 26th MBP will launch a second, brand new uplift service. The new uplift will utilise 4WD vehicles, and will access approximately 200m of total elevation, with a drop-off at our Abbotts Road trail head. The uplift provides an ultra-fast turn around and access to a huge range of trails on our lower mountain. The uplift will access a number of brand-new beginner trails suitable for those riders brand-new to the sport. This uplift designed to cater to less experienced riders, and will provide improved year round riding opportunities during winter months.
The uplift will offer a range of flexible payment options, including a low cost single-run pass option, with options for discounted multiple-run options. No bookings will be required for this uplift.
Something For Everyone
The Playground is a new zone in the park, which focuses on skills development and beginner-level riding opportunities. The Playground includes a wide range of progressive trails, including a drop in clinic trail, beginner jump and flow trails and a range of other features.
The Playground includes a range of progressive trails with a host of trail features suitable for riders of all abilities. The Playground is the perfect place for riders to progress their skills in a safe and structured way. Structured skills development zones will provide riders opportunity for gradual progression in a safe environment.
Dirt Jumps are coming! We are working with some of Australia’s leading dirt jump builders to develop a large dirt jump area catering for intermediate to advanced riders. We’ve picked the perfect location for the jumps zone, which will feature an innovative layout with multiple line and transfer options.
A new dirt surface pump track will be developed to complement our existing asphalt pump track. A much larger track with multiple line choices, the track will provide progression opportunities for riders of all abilities.
A new Air Zone will be developed on the field at the rear of our base building. The air zone includes Tasmania’s first public air bag jump, with both a 2.5m and 1.5m tall air bag available. A mulch jump will be available in the zone to allow riders to progress their jumping in readiness to move to the dirt jump area.
Access to the air zone will be available via a booked or walk-up session, with multiple sessions run daily.
NEW & UPDATED FACILITIES
MBP’s existing restaurant, The Canteen offers a popular alfresco dining experience with a diverse menu of quality, fresh food. This summer, MBP will be launching a new indoor restaurant offering with a new beer garden out onto our sunny street front. The new restaurant will offer a different menu and a cosy indoor dining experience in the evening.
More details of the new restaurant will be released in coming weeks.
New Bike Work Area
A new, covered bike work area will be developed, where guests can access professional quality work stands and tools, to work on their own bikes. This new area is available for you by all guests free-of-charge.
New Trail Entry
A new and reorganised trail and uplift entry area provides simpler, streamlined entry into our trails and uplift services.
Uplift Queue Shelter
A new uplift queue shelter will be developed, including a stereo system to keep the vibes strong while guests await their uplift bus.
Bikes for Kids
UPDATED HIRE FLEET
In line with the new developments in the park, the park’s uplift fleet will be adjusted to offer a broader range of bike options. Our rental fleet will now include kids bikes, right down to a 12” strider bike size. Dirt Jump bikes will be available, as will a larger range of trail-focused bikes.
The existing fleet options of enduro and downhill bikes will remain.
MBP are pleased to announce that a significant portion of the Renaissance Project developments will be coming online ready for the park’s reopening, September 26th.
Anticipated development staging is provided below, and will be updated as the project progresses.