Mountain biking: ACT is lagging

Mountain bike path and the Brindabella Ranges, Dairy Farmer Hill, National Arboretum.

ACT prides itself on mountain biking, but the investment in the ACT is at the back of the pack, after every state except South Australia.

2020 was an election year in the ACT but very little came out for mountain biking. The article Mountain Biking’s $100 Million Jump! – The Latz Report, 27 February 2020. The data is compiled in 2020 for funded projects and one project finished in 2019.

In compiling this article, there was no single source of information about all the new trails being built and the amount of funding approved, but the complete list totals approximately $100 million dollars of direct government funding, plus millions more of private funding in the case of the ski resorts and private MTB parks.

Mountain Biking’s $100 Million Jump! – The Latz Report, 27 February 2020.

Given the fragmented information available, we decided to speak to someone right at the epicentre of the MTB activity. Denise Cox is Chief Operating Officer at Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA), the national body that oversees the sporting side of mountain biking.

Mountain Biking’s $100 Million Jump! – The Latz Report, 27 February 2020.

ACT needs to pull up its socks

  • Queensland is way ahead with investment in mountain biking, albeit in one project in the far north, but the total investment is over $35 million.
  • Victoria comes a close second with investment in five projects, most of which are in the Victoria High Country.
  • The ACT Government has committed less than $400,000 which is not that much.
Investment in mountain biking by state 2020
Investment in mountain biking by state 2020. Data Mountain Biking’s $100 Million Jump! – The Latz Report, 27 February 2020
Investment in mountain biking by project and state 2020
Investment in mountain biking by project and state 2020. Data Mountain Biking’s $100 Million Jump! – The Latz Report, 27 February 2020

Mountain bike report

Last year the ACT Government released a mountain bike report. The report would suggest that the ACT has a lot to offer. Let us hope that it will get funding.

One interesting suggestion is a link from Mount Stromlo to the Murrumbidgee River – canberra.bike.

Mountain bike cyclist. Photo by Daniel Frank on Pexels.com
Mountain bike cyclist. Photo by Daniel Frank on Pexels.com

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