Two Launceston mountain bike trails have been closed for August

A mountain biker enjoying trails around Launceston. Picture: Neil Richardson
A mountain biker enjoying trails around Launceston. Picture: Neil Richardson

Wet weather has turned two mountain bike trails in the Launceston region to mud, leading them to be closed until the end of August. 

The Kate Reed and Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area tracks are scheduled to reopen after there is consistent dry weather in the region.

The Launceston Mountain Bike Club shared this photo of the damaged track. Picture: Launceston Mountain Bike Club

The Launceston Mountain Bike Club shared this photo of the damaged track. Picture: Launceston Mountain Bike Club

“Due to the large volume of rain Launceston has had over the past few weeks, the trails at both Kate Reed and Trevallyn are saturated,” the Launceston Mountain Bike Club said in a Facebook post to members. 

“We have asked people to be considerate of these conditions and not ride them and turn them into mud. 

“It is hard work for the club to raise/ source the funds and gather up volunteers to repair this. Show some respect for these people and their efforts and most importantly the trails.”

The trails have been damaged by riders using them after rainfall. Picture: Launceston Mountain Bike Club

The trails have been damaged by riders using them after rainfall. Picture: Launceston Mountain Bike Club

Riders have been using the trails while they are saturated, causing rutting to sections. 

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service said the tracks had only recently been upgraded.