Tasmanian MTB Tourism Statistics Update - July 2014 - June 2015

The Tasmanian Visitor Survey data for the period July 2014 to June 2015 has been released and in headline news the number of visitors that undertook some form of mountain biking in Tasmania leapt 39.2%, compared to the same period last year, to just over 11,000.

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September 2015 Events Update

Quite a few new additions to the tassie trails calendar this month, including a new Gravity Enduro series running from October through December and a four hour Trevallyn MTB race to be held on October 4 (details are still sketchy on this one, but I have seen it posted).
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Meehan Range Trail Announcements - July 2015

Jason Unwin, of the Meehan Range Trail Groomers (MRTG), has announced an exciting range of new trails to be built in the Meehan Range over the next ten weeks, here's what he had to say on facebook:

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Kentish trails masterplan released

Progress continues on the Latrobe-Kentish Mountain Bike Trail Network with the release of TRC Tourism's draft Kentish Mountain Bike Trails Masterplan report.  I'm still trawling through the report myself, but it is attached below for those who want to have a look.
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Tasmania's latest mountain bike visitor statistics

If you had to rank mountain biking, trout fishing, scuba diving, quad biking and golf for their popularity as tourist activites in Tasmania where you would put mountain biking?

Anyone bullish enough to place it number one?
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July 2015 Events Update

It may be winter, but if you pick your day then the riding can still be darn fine (as per the attached photo).  Even if it is windy, cold and raining ... some of us can still find stupid reasons to go riding.

Looking at July's event updates, I'm super excited to see that the Dirt Devils MTB Club have kicked off their Cyclocross Winter Series 2015 with the next event (the State Champs) to be held on the 19th of July.  For those in the north of the State, the Launceston Mountain Bike Club is organising another round of Winter Social Rides with their first ride to Ben Lomond on the 12th of July.

Also up north, Tbug has some interesting social rides coming up including a ride up Mt Barrow on the 26th July.

Rounding out the July events, for the runners this month there's the Glenorchy Fun Run and Endorfun's Russell Falls trail run.

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June 2015 Events Update

WinterTouringIs it just me, or has it been awhile?
OK, it's been awhile (although I have been keeping the Events Calendar up to date, and have been working on a new Major Events page).
Anyway, let's put that behind us, and look forward ... now you'd think as we head into winter that things would be quieting down, but it seems to me that quite the opposite is true with lots of new event dates being set.  We've got the Corporate Multisport Challenge in Hobart and the Kellevie 4 Hour Enduro coming up this month (both on the 14th) and there's a 200km (and 150km) Dark Bikefo audax ride on offer on 20 June to celebrate the solstice.

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City of Hobart Bushcare: Invite to Mountain Bike Track Working Bees May 2015

Exciting news - the City of Hobart Bushcare program has a new Bushcare group dedicated to developing and maintaining a sustainable mountain bike track network in Hobart. 

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Old Farm Track update - April 2015

The Wellington Park Management Trust have approved the conversion of Old Farm Track to a single use (bike only) and single direction (downhill only) track. This is an exciting project for the City, which will contribute to the development of a cohesive mountain bike track network within Wellington Park.

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Pipeline Track closure extended to 2 April 2015

The section of Pipeline Track temporarily closed to undertake work to the Twin Bridges will now be closed until 5pm Thursday 2 April 2015.
The change from the original time is required due to the time required to undertake variations in scope and lost time due to inclement weather.
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Land Manager Update March 2015 - Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan

Land Manager Update March 2015 - Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan
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Tasmanian Trail Assoication - February 2015 Newsletter

The Tasmanian Trail Associations latest newsletter has just been released, and I think it's great to see that their membership is now up to 124, with most of those being cyclists (which is interesting as the main volunteers and managers of the trail seem to be horse riders).
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Hobart Trackcare group proposed ...

Last year, the City of Hobart Bushcare program trialled a Trackcare activity at Tip Top and it was a huge success.  The new Bushcare Coordinator at the Hobart City Council is now looking to extend this program by setting up a "Trackcare" group.  Full details are below.

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Lake King William - low water level options

The highlighted (black line) on the attached map is a slight variation of the Butlers Gorge - Lake King William Ride that I got sent this week which allows you to avoid the climb up the hill back under the powerline just south of Derwent Bridge.  

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Blue Derby Newsletter - Vol 1 Issue 3

The Blue Derby Trails are open (and awesome).  If you didn't get up there, then my advice is to change that as soon as you can.  In the meantime attached is Vol 1, issue 3 of the Blue Derby Newsletter which basically celebrates the opening of this first section of trails ...

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Rokeby to Lauderdale Trail Survey

The Clarence Tracks and Trails Action Plan identifies future trails to complete gaps and to create an integrated network of tracks through bushland and coastal areas. One of the projects identified is a track between Rokeby and Lauderdale.

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Pipeline Track Temporary Closure

A section of the Pipeline Track in Neika will be closed from 8am Monday 2 March to 5pm Saturday 28 March 2015 whilst construction works are undertaken to upgrade the Twin Bridges (see attached map).

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Ben Lomond Feasibility Study

A new feasibility study looking at the economic opportunities of the Ben Lomond Ski village area looks like it got the go ahead at a recent Northern Midlands Council meeting (See 19 January 2015 council minutes, P197 onwards).

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Freely available MTB Magazines (State Library of Tasmania)

Did you say free access to download (and keep) Mountain Biking Australia and Australian Mountain Biking (AMB) magazines?

Yep - this isn't one of those tricky false adverts that get you to click on the link only to find out there's a catch (OK, there is one small catch - you have to be Tasmanian and go get a library card), it's just something cool I stumbled across this week which I thought worth sharing.

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Forestry Activity around Juggernaut Track, Hollybank

Juggernaut riders at Hollybank are advised that a forest harvesting operation has resumed nearby.

The harvest plan for the coupe was staggered to allow for construction of the trail through a corridor, before being temporarily halted last year.

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