The long-awaited revitalisation of the Forrest Mountain Bike Park in the Otway Ranges is complete.
Existing tracks have been resurfaced, new ones constructed and the park now offers more than 70km of all-weather riding over 26 different trails for beginner and intermediate users.
A new asphalt pump track, a skills park and two jump lines for both advanced and novice riders are highlights. The works include upgrades to the smaller, second pump track for children and adaptive mountain bike riders.
The park was first developed in 2007-2008 but experienced declining visitor numbers in recent years, prompting the Victorian government and Colac Otway Shire to look at ways to refresh its appeal.
The multi-year revitalisation project was funded by a $2.07 million state government grant and a $250,000 contribution from the Colac Otway Shire.
Their vision was to re-establish the Forrest Mountain Bike Park as a top national mountain biking destination.
“This project will not only put Forrest on the map as a leading mountain bike destination, but it will encourage more visitors to the Otways region than ever before – providing a boost to local jobs and businesses," says Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney.
The trails are open to the public and are expected to attract up to 50,000 visitors each year.
Riders are urged to use the trails with caution over the first year as the new surface beds in.
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