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STORM DAMAGE UPDATE – APRIL 2018Back to News >

11th April 2018 by haydz

UPDATE: Friday 4th May

We are happy to announce that we are nearly 100% reopen.  What is still closed is the really damaged areas which we will slowly work through as we can.
Open recently the northern block which includes all of the Advanced and Expert Trails like Off the Grid, Not 4 Granny, Stitch Up etc.
There is lots of changes to the original layout to reduce the dangers and the extra workload.  The DAKINE Trail Crew have smashed it out of the …park and managed to resurrect trails that we never thought we would be able to.

Next week they will be heading over Inland Road to work on the 12km of extra XC Trails.

UPDATE: Friday 20 April

Good news for the weekend. The DAKINE​ Trail Crew have managed to get some more key trails cleaned up and ready for your riding pleasure. The trails they worked on this week have been getting progressively harder and harder to re-establish due to the shear scale of the damage. The trails that are left will test them even more.  Next week they will try and get Off the Grid and Not 4 Granny open.  Then it’s across Inland Road where it got hit pretty hard.  Only time will tell how long this takes but we are all happy with the progress so far.

Soooo in addition to last weeks update the following trails are good to go (potentially better than were)

– Judgement Call
– Escape Route (Stage 1)
– Release Valve
– Handle the Jandal (the start was impossible to resurrect so it has a new temporary start section that will be sorted in the near future)
– Winding Things Up (it is missing quite a big chunk near the end as it was one of the worst we’ve seen yet but you can still use this as an alternative up trail to Reverse Psychology)
– Set in Stone (including a new link on to Booty Call)
– Acquired Taste
– Faultline
– Kamma Cuzzy
Awesome conditions exist on all trails.  See you this weekend.

UPDATE Friday 13 April 2018 5pm

MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OPEN – TEMPORARY TRAIL NETWORK
We have managed to make some progress on the storm rebuild. The Trail Crew have managed to reopen a small area of the trail network. There are new temporary opening hours in place. The gates will open at 7am and close again at 5.30pm.

The proshop, coffee machine and mechanic service and Disc Golf course are fully operational.

The trails that are reopened will predominantly suit Families, Beginners and those that “want to ride and drink coffee”. The rain that came with the winds has solidified the trails perfectly so they will be riding well.

We ask that all riders please exercise extra patience and care during this time.

We have temporary closed signs and white tape up ensuring riders cannot get into closed areas by mistake. The trails that are still closed are closed as they are literally unrideable with large trees littering the areas.

The good news is we have managed to open the following trails:
L Plates
Family Loop
Over and Out
Togs Togs Undies
No Vacancy
Better than the Road
Hokey Pokey
Tasting Platter (from here down you will also get a taste of the damage and our efforts so far)
Second Grade
Booty Call
One Night Stand
Reverse Psychology
Spit Out
Judgement Call into Reality Check

Some of these trails have changed as we had to detour around fallen trees.

All other trails require specialist forestry felling machines. This means we have no idea of timing at this stage. We are in talks regularly with the forestry crews and will ensure we are fully operational as quickly as we can.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

UPDATE THURSDAY 12 April 2018 7am

We regret to inform that the Woodhill MTB Park will be closed all day today and tomorrow (Friday).

Our assessment of the damage from Tuesday nights storm has found extensive damage to the entire trail network. This is the worst we have seen In the 17 years we have been in business. The safety of our riders is paramount and at this time there are literally hundreds of dangers that exist. These dangers are predominantly huge trees blocking entire trail sections.

Our management team have developed a short term plan to try and get something open by this weekend. The goal is to rebuild these blocked sections piece by piece, starting from and working away from the carpark, extending the ride-able trail options as we go. Due to the shear scale of the damage, the timeframe on this project is impossible to determine.

We have had Trail Crew on the ground already and will continue this full time until we are certain we have done all we can. We have asked for some assistance from the forest crews as much of the damage is beyond our resources, capabilities and machinery limitations. It is important to understand that there are some areas that we will not be able to save.

Our next update will be on Friday at approximately 5pm. This update can be found on our website homepage, on our Facebook page or by listening to our voicemail message.

Thank you for your understanding.

WEDNESDAY 11 April 2018 PARK CLOSED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Forest management has advised that the forest is a No-Go zone after last night’s storm.

We will update as soon as possible so please keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page.

Thanks

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