Collie’s mountain bike trails have well and truly cemented themselves amongst the mountain bike fraternity with the recent completion of an additional 12km of trails in the Arklow trails network area.
As Collie moves away from its mining past the town has embraced the stunning natural landscapes on its doorstep. With some of the biggest elevation changes in the region mountain bike trails in the area offer some of the most diverse riding experiences in WA.
The additional 12km will increase the upgraded mountain bike trails in Arklow to almost 30km (out of a planned 180km of high-quality trail experiences in Collie). This will solidify Collie’s appeal as a national and international trails destination.
As the cranks of machinery give way to pedal power trail tourism has provided the silver lining for Collie’s business and resident community. The town bike shop is busier than ever and new businesses have opened with a focus on catering to the adventure tourism market.
And the timing couldn’t be better with Collie’s mountain bike trails standing to become more popular than ever as bike sales soar across the country following the lockdowns and restrictions of recent months.
As a traditional solitary sport cycling has provided the escape that many have been craving since staying home became the norm.
Not only have existing enthusiasts been riding more but there have been many first-timers join the sport, now having the incentive and time to do so.
Common Ground Trails, who constructed the new mountain bike trails in the Arklow trails network, have seen a significant increase in demand as government agencies embrace the potential of cycle tourism. Common Ground Trails Director, David Willcox, first earmarked Collie as a Trail Town in the 2015 South West Master Plan and is excited about the region’s growing profile in the mountain bike community.
“The Collie region is becoming synonymous with great mountain biking, and the recent investment by state government is a reflection of the ongoing commitment of the local community and the potential to deliver exceptional riding experiences,” said Mr Willcox. Deon Baker who led the on-ground construction is a passionate mountain biker who is excited about the long-term vision for Collie’s trails, “As a mountain biker and trail builder I am personally excited by the prospect of mountain bike trails in the Wellington National Park. The area lends itself well to exciting mountain biking with pronounced topographical variation and inspiring native forest and bush land.”
Local councils and government Australia wide are now investing in trail and riding infrastructure, whether that be inner city pump tracks or regional trail networks, as a way of engaging with their community and driving cycle tourism.
The Arklow trails network is part of the $10 million Collie Adventure Trail initiative funded by the State Government and overseen by DBCA.
Trail development has been a significant driver of regional tourism across Australia in the last few years, with mountain bike riding being one of the world’s fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities.
For further comment please contact; David Willcox | 0417 994 366
Last updated by Trailtalk Admin Sep 9.