An industry-leading Australian company and a Gold Coast champion athlete are teaming up to deliver the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails which will be an official competition venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe announced construction would start this week on the new 4.5 kilometre mountain bike trail in the Nerang National Park.
“Dirt Art has employed one of Australia’s most successful mountain bike racers, Gold Coast track builder Nathan Rennie, to complete this fantastic project,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
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“This partnership will produce a cross country Olympic mountain bike course that will deliver a world-class venue for the Games.
“Once completed at the end of this year, the new trails will be the first international standard mountain bike trails in South-East Queensland.
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Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said it was great to see Nerang National Park claim such a central role in the increasingly popular international sport of mountain biking.
“Our existing fire management trails in the Nerang National Park already provide for a range of recreational opportunities,” Dr Miles said.
“These trails are regularly used by walkers, runners and horse riders and as a host location for nature-based events, including the annual Kokoda Challenge.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate welcomed the announcement of the team that would deliver another world-class sporting venue for the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast is internationally recognised as a premier sporting destination and the new trails will help attract athletes from all over the world,” Mayor Tate said.
“There is a growing mountain-biking community on the Gold Coast and the Games will provide an opportunity for them to witness a unique sporting experience.”