The Clarence Mountain Bike Park was officially opened in 2009 and is managed by Clarence City Council.
Located in the Meehan Range, the Clarence Mountain Bike Park extends from the Flagstaff Gully Link Road car park, along the northern side of the Tasman Highway to Belbins Road.
Council also has a licence agreement for the public to use tracks on a portion of Hanson land, located above the Flagstaff Gully Quarry.
The map to the right highlights in blue the areas in the Meehan Range that are managed by Clarence City Council. The remainder of the range is managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.
A skills park close to the main car park offers a pump track and a variety of jumps and features. There is a choice of ride lines so riders can progress from the easy features to more advanced.
The trail network extends throughout the Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area and includes tracks for beginners (green), intermediate (blue) and advanced riders (black).
Meehan Range Strategic Mountain Bike Plan
A Meehan Range Strategic Mountain Bike Plan has now been drafted to guide the future development of trails within the Clarence Mountain Bike Park and throughout the Meehan Range.
The plan needs input and approval from the Parks and Wildlife Service before it can be released for public consultation.
However, there are a lot of projects underway in the meantime, which are listed below.
XC Loop modifications & extensions
|Work is due to commence in December 2022 on a new green flow descent between K’s Choice and the railway abutment which will utilise sections of the XC Loop.
The new 1.4km track will maximise the 70m of altitude loss to provide a fun, super flow trail incorporating big berms and rolling contours to create a roller coaster experience.
In addition, Sidewinder will be extended to connect to C4, creating a parallel blue (intermediate) track to the XC Climb.
Detours will be in place on sections of the XC loop while the works are carried out. Please obey all signs and track closures.
Consultation was carried out in October 2021 and the results can be viewed on the Your Say Clarence page.
Feedback on consultation carried out in November 2020 identified a desire for additional and more advanced jumps as the original dirt jumps are degraded and worn and poorly located.
Consultation in October 2021 found a high level of support for a new gravity dirt jump line parallel to the Tasman Highway between the railway abutment and the skills park. The IMBA blue (intermediate) line will be constructed of prefabricated steel and timber ramps to minimise maintenance and provide consistent, rut-free ramps (similar to the ones used in the skills park), while the green jumps will be gentler soil mounds which can also be bypassed. The jumps will be more than double the distance of the existing dirt jumps. Work is expected to commence in early 2023. The old dirt jumps will remain in place until a decision is made about their future, which may require further consultation.
Grassy Valley coaching area by the slab
Consultation was carried out in November 2020 for a new coaching area at the concrete slab with more than 90 percent of respondents supporting the plan. The design was based around feedback from coaches and is aimed at beginners/novices so they can practice their skills without impeding more advanced riders. The Skills Park offers more progressions for skills development.
The coaching area will include a rhythm section, flow berms and drops. Work is expected to commence in early 2023.
Belbins Road carpark
The carpark at the end of Belbins Road will be formalised with a gravel surface with work expected to commence in December 2022.
Council has been planning several new tracks to close gaps in the trail network. In mid-2021, construction commenced on a new green climbing track (The Elevator) with funding from the State Government’s Cycle Tourism Fund.
The track will go from Stringy Bark Gully to the Skyline Fire Trail to eliminate two-way traffic on the Stringy Bark Track, but the project is currently on hold while a planning issue is resolved.
Any queries can be directed to the Tracks Planner Mary McParland at email@example.com or 03 6217 9716.