Riders test new trail

RIDE ON: Nick Nelson wants everyone to give the new Mount Marlay bicycle trail a go.
RIDE ON: Nick Nelson wants everyone to give the new Mount Marlay bicycle trail a go. Liana Walker

THE Southern Downs Mountain Bike Club members were definitely not two-tyred after opening

the first single trail bike track at the base of Mount Marlay.

Located on Foxton Street, The Green Granite loop was officially opened on Saturday by Southern Downs Region Mayor Tracy Dobie, along with councillors Sheryl Windle, Rod Kelly, Yve Stocks and Neil Meiklejohn.

The Kambuwal Corporation representatives, SDMTBC sponsors and members also attended the opening.

SDMTBC president Ray Costanzo said the trails would attract attention from mountain bike enthusiasts, especially due to the closeness of the Stanthorpe township.

The mountain trail is a 1.6km loop through the granite outcrops and Eucalypt woodlands around the base of Mount Marlay.

The Green Granite loop offers reasonable challenges for mountain bike enthusiasts, however it is also suitable for any level of cyclist.

Costanzo said Mountain bike tourism was becoming a popular recreational activity for all ages.

Costanzo said the Derby in Tasmania was a good example of how mountain bike trails could attract a new sort of tourism and boost local economies.

Cr Dobie praised the work of the SDMTBC and said she was pleased Stanthorpe and the Southern Downs could now add mountain biking to the list of recreational activities available for tourists.

Development of stage 2 of the mountain trail will begin February and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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