Australia’s first purpose built mountain bike park, Eagle MTB Park, turns 10 in December. The birthday of the venue that’s hosted multiple Australian National Championships and National Series rounds will top of a monumental decade for mountain biking in South Australia. Since the park opened in 2006, more and more trails across Adelaide have been made available to local and visiting mountain bikers, many of which are within 15 kilometres of our great city.
Earlier this year, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) put the call out to qualified mountain bike coaches, asking for registrations of interest for regional junior mountain bike racing development squads. Head for the Hills were quick to throw their hat in the pile and we just received word that we will be teaming up with MTBA for the next nine months to coach the South Australian Junior Downhill Development Squad.
Adelaide’s Mount Lofty Ranges has been chosen to host the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Enduro National Championships and we are pumped!
The South Australian Government is working towards the goal of establishing Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges as a world class mountain biking destination to attract both national and international mountain bikers to our great trails. Securing the Enduro National Champs for three years will be a big move in reaching this goal and generating much deserved publicity for the trail network after more than $600,000 has been invested in the March 2014 election promise. Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Ian Hunter, said “Over the next three years, even more mountain biking opportunities will be developed throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges, building on the roughly 200km of existing shared-use and mountain bike-specific trails.”