Mountain bike trail nearly finished

A MID-AUGUST completion date is anticipated for the initial leg of Hollybank Forest Reserve's mountain bike trail development.

The completion will hail the first launch of the North Eastern Mountain Bike Development Project, Northern Tasmania Development executive officer Derek Le Marchant said.

"It's a big asset for Northern Tasmania," Mr Le Marchant said yesterday.

"It's the first time we'll have well-groomed, easy trails and a skills part to allow people to progress through different levels of existing parks."

He said the trail would not only see developmental infrastructure for mountain bike clubs, but also attract a diverse range of visiting riders to the area.

"It's a 20-kilometre network, there are two looped trails as well as a 10-kilometre point-to-point rail descent," Mr Le Marchant said.

"The trail's going to be applicable for a whole range of riding styles, from quite easy to technical, and there'll also be a pump track."

Weather in recent months had not stopped development on the track, although Mr Le Marchant said a staggered launch for different trails would be held at the forest reserve.

"After those trails are finished, construction will start at the Derby trail," Mr Le Marchant said.

"Those trails will be finished there in January, after that construction will start at the Blue Tier trail as well."

For more information about North-East mountain bike trail development, go to www.nemtb.net.au.

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