If you’ve got a need for speed, then mountain biking may be your thing. There are plenty of quality trails within the Ipswich region for riders of all levels and experience, so grab your bike and your helmet and hit the tracks today.
Hidden Vale Adventure Park near Grandchester welcomes the public to use their mountain bike trails and has more than 100km of incredible tracks to explore. They also host major MTB events through the year including The Cycle Epic, Dingo Duo, 3+3 and a 24-hour race. For more information, visit their Facebook page and check out some of the awesome videos of the park on the Hidden Vale website. JR's Gym and Bike at Walloon is another privately owned MTB facility that offers coaching and hosts races including part of the Wild West series. For more information visit JR's Gym and Bike website.
There are two main clubs in the Ipswich area dedicated to mountain biking. Each offers membership to people of all interest and fitness levels and often organises social gatherings for members to get to know one another. Both the Ipswich Cycling Club and Ipswich Off Road Cyclists are affiliated with Mountainbike Australia (MTBA).
Like any activity that involves venturing out into nature, when mountain biking, it’s wise to take a number of simple steps to keep yourself safe. Before you head off, be sure to notify someone of your planned route, check weather forecasts and fire and weather warnings, keep your bike well maintained and check equipment. Importantly, always wear a correctly fitted helmet that complies with Australian safety standards. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen as well as food and make sure you wear appropriate clothing and protective gear. Take a fully-charged mobile phone and emergency contact details with you.
While most riders are respectful to the environment and other people while out in nature, it’s always worth remembering the key things we all need to stick to in order to protect what we came to enjoy.