MANNING Great Lakes Tip Riders have had a major win for mountain bike riding in the Manning with the construction of a new car park and entry to Kiwarrak State Forest.
"This is a fantastic result for the club and is only possible because of the positive relationship that exists with State Forest NSW," club president Chad Vowles said.
During the next few years State Forest plans to log some sections of Kiwarrak and, because of poor access to the forest through Lantana Crossing Road, a new road was needed to gain safe entry into the forest. For a number of years Manning Great Lakes Tip Riders have been trying to solve the issue of young families and riders needing to cross The Bucketts Way to access the forest trails. Now this issue is solved with the new entrance on the forest side of The Bucketts Way about 200m to the east of the tip entrance.
"The club was happy to contribute to the costs of laying down gravel to create a car park so that every rider can safely access the forest. It also provides safe access to our race event centre and will be considerably more attractive to visiting riders to the region," Mr Vowles added.
"In the near future signage will be in place and a noticeboard, so that riders can see the trail network before venturing off into the forest and to stay in touch with club events."
The timing of the new entrance happily coincides with an upcoming day set aside for new and inexperienced riders and their families. The club will be holding a novice race designed to give beginner riders a non-threatening taste of mountain bike racing on a short course.
"The event is always popular and attracts more than 50 riders each time and gives them a great opportunity to meet likeminded people and see what the club has to offer them," Mr Vowles said.
It is known as the Emma Jarvie MTB Kiwarrak Race, in honour of teenager Emma Jarvie who was a club member who lost her battle with leukaemia in December 2012, and will be held at 10am on September followed by a barbecue lunch. The cost is $15 for non MTBA members (includes insurance and race entry), $30 for families (non-MTBA), and $5 for all MTBA members.
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