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New bike track opens on a cliffhanger

MOUNTAIN biking in the Meehan Range has reached new heights with the opening of the recently completed ‘Cliffhanger’ track.

Spearheaded by Clarence City Council, the iconic track was constructed by expert track builders Next Level MTB and has been given a black diamond (difficult) rating.

Kicking off near the top of Simmons Hill, the Cliffhanger weaves down through the cliff line, linking multiple technical features – including drops, rock slabs, berms and rock gardens – before finishing in Stringy Bark Gully.

City of Clarence Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the new track was the first of its kind in the Meehan Range.

“The Meehan Range is already a popular mountain biking destination and this new track will only add to its appeal, offering an exciting new challenge for both local and visiting mountain bikers,” he said.

“The track has been built on property owned by the company Hanson and we extend our thanks to them for signing an agreement with council to allow for public access.”

Clarence City Council Alderman Dean Ewington, chair of the Tracks and Trails Committee, said in addition to the Cliffhanger, a new blue (intermediate) track called ‘Simmons Hill Descent’ has also been constructed, providing an easier route down from Simmons Hill.

“I look forward to seeing these two new tracks become a well-used resource for the mountain biking community to enjoy,” he said.

The tracks were built by Clarence City Council with funding assistance from the Tasmanian Government through its Cycle Tourism Fund.

Now in its 10th year of operation, several planning works are now underway for the Clarence Mountain Bike Park including new toilets, access road, carpark, toddlers loop track, entry track, and a Strategic Plan for future tracks in the Meehan Range.

Caption: From left, Shredding Betties president Jenni McLeod, Hanson state manager Andrew Proud, Shredding Betties member Andrea Heron, Matt Lindus from Parks and Wildlife Service, and City of Clarence Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman.