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Central Coast Mountain Bike Club launches new Downhill Extension Trail
On Friday the 19th of June Central Coast Mountain Bike Club launched their new downhill link trail 'Centrelink'. The Centrelink trail will be available free to ride for all Mountain Bike Riders at Ourimbah Mountain Bike Park. The trail is high speed and packed with jumps to challenge even the pro level rider, whilst remaining accessible to all riders by featuring rollable features.
It is thanks to grant funding provided by Community Building Partnerships, the support of David Harris MP for Wyong, and land partners Forestry NSW that Central Coast Mountain Bike Club has just launched the Centrelink Trail, an extension of our competition focused downhill mountain bike track.
Paul Cook President of the Central Coast Mountain Bike Club launched proceedings with recognition of the Darkinjung our first people and recognition of the extensive cultural heritage contained within the park. Cook stated that the success of the Ourimbah Mountain Bike Park was down to the hard work of committee members, excellent relationship with landowners; Forestry NSW and thanked MP David Harris for his support of the facility and the mountain bike community at large.
To officially open 'Centrelink' Mike Hill of Forestry NSW cut the race tape, this was closely followed by local Jack Moir who is a world cup top ten rated downhill racer and Canyon Bicycles sponsored rider, hitting the trail at high speed and showing everyone how to style it up.
Central Coast Mountain Bike Club are custodians of the Ourimbah Mountain Bike Park a free to use facility for all mountain bikers and the only location for sanctioned mountain bike trails on the Central Coast. The new Centrelink trail will add to the competitive facilities and will expand the trail quantity and diversity of the park whilst also building upon its reputation for hosting competitive events.
Cook stated that the additional trail was desperately needed with an estimated 500 riders through the park on a Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend. Cook continued that Mountain biking urgently required further infrastructure to meet the demands of the booming sport and increased visitation rates. Cook called on Central Coast Council to support the Central Coast Mountain Bike Club, as the enormous growth of the sport was putting a strain on club infrastructure and is a growing work burden on the committee members and volunteers.
As a community focused club the Central Coast Mountain Bike Club used the grant funding to support local workers who had been affected by the Covid-19 downturn. Key to selecting contractors was a conscious effort by the committee to help local community mountain bike businesses by providing paid work during restrictions. The name 'Centrelink' stems from the drive to financially support local mountain bikers through these difficult times.
The entire Central Coast Mountain Bike Club Committee calls on Central Coast Council to get behind mountain biking as a form of recreation and to provide easily accessible infrastructure for all local mountain bikers across the Central Coast by utilising COSS lands. Mountain Biking is an environmentally sensitive form of nature based recreation that can aid the health and wellbeing of all Coasties.
The Club invites all Coasties to come to Ourimbah Mountain Bike Park and enjoy the trails.
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