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Plan to boost biking in Orange

The Orange Mountain Bike Club has proposed an exciting new route from Boree Creek to Federal Falls for riders and walkers in the Mount Canobolas area to enjoy.

They are proposing to construct a six-kilometre trail from Linster Rural Fire Service Station to the base of the Federal Falls, and are seeking $140,000 under the state government's My Community Project scheme.

Track development officer Scott Charlton said the gravel-based trail would be accessible to mountain bikes, possibly hybrid and recumbent bikes, as well as walkers and runners.

The proposed trail would not have jumps or tricky turns, aiming instead at providing recreational access to the scenic region.

"It is a gentle climb. The idea is to have a nice flowing path," he said.

The project would involve cleaning out the former logging plantation area and stablilising the river bank.

Ultimately, Mr Charlton believes the trail would open the Glenwood State Forest to the public and become a popular tourist attraction, with potential for parking at the fire station.

The track would further improve Orange as bike tourism destination for all kinds of riders.

Bicycle Network's Newcrest Orange Challenge has been held annually since 2016 and showcases the best of the region for road cyclists, but a new off-road trail would give another reason to visit.

Public voting on The Orange Mountain Bike Club's proposal is open until Thursday 15 August, and is accessible online via the link below or by going to a Service NSW centre.

The project is one of 41 in the Orange state electorate vying for a share of $260,000 from the My Community Project scheme.


Learn more about the Newcrest Orange Challenge here. Pre-sale entries for the 2020 ride in April are now open!

Image: Central Western Daily

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