Bicycle Network: Just in . . .
Just in . . .
Bicycle Network keeps you In the Loop with regular updates on bicycle infrastructure and development, road rules and laws and much more.
Hitting the slopes in summer
18 December 2014. The Southern Hemisphere’s first EPIC mountain bike trail has opened to the public at the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling resort, and thousands of riders are keen to try it out these summer holidays.
The trail is a 40km long-distance, cross-country descending trail that winds through some of the most spectacular terrain and scenery in the Australian Alps.
Starting at Mt Buller, the trail takes riders through the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resorts (managed by the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management), Mansfield State Forest (managed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment), and the Mt Russell Education Area (managed by Parks Victoria).
It will be open from December to Aprils each year. (Photo: Mt Buller Resort)
The trail received $125,000 in federal funding, $375,000 from the Victorian state government, $225,000 from Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management and $25,000 from Mansfield Shire Council.
The trail consolidates the Mt Buller/Mt Stirling region as a leading mountain bike destination in Australia.
Alpine mountain bike parks have enormous potential to capitalise on otherwise idle resort assets outside of ski season.
Whistle,r the mountain resort town made famous for its snow sports, now attracts more visitors in summer than winter thanks to its extensive network of high quality mountain bike trails.
To receive EPIC status from the International Mountain Bicycling Association a trail must be set in a natural setting, technically and physically challenging, more than 32 kilometres long, and more than 80% single track.
The Mt Buller Epic Trail was a six year project.
Auto dimming bike light launched
4 December 2014. A Melbourne company has released a world-first auto dimming bike light that reduces its power output when it senses similar lights used by nearby riders.
The Wolf rear light was developed by new Melbourne firm, Augur, to address the problem of bunch riders being blinded by the powerful rear lights of those riding ahead of them.
Described as a “collective’ light, the device alerts other lights on nearby bikes that it is present, causing the other light to dim, except for those at the back of the pack, which stay bright.
The lights use an infra-red protocol to communicate with each other. When no similar lights are present the Wolf performs just as a normal bike light.
The company is planning to make both front and rear lights, sold as a set.
The lights are USB re-chargable.
The three young Melbourne engineers behind the project are seeking Kickstarter funding to help get the company underway.
Further details are here.