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Nestled in a tiny village about an hour and a half from Tasmania’s capital, the tiny – and I mean tiny – town of Maydena feels like it’s a million miles from anywhere.

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It seems like the most unlikely place for a huge commercial mountain bike park – but the locals are ready, and the trails are going in.

Trail building company Dirt Art is backing itself big time on the Maydena Bike Park facility; unlike the trails at Derby, there is no government money supporting this project… and it’s a big one, with five crews out rain and shine carving trails from the forest.

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More than 120km of virgin trail is being carved into the mountainside above the town, with 40km slated to be ready for the sold-out opening weekend in January 2018.

Aimed at more experienced riders, the park will feature about 800m of vertical when it’s completed. The town’s former primary school will serve as a hub at the base of the mountain for shuttle transfers, bike rental and more.

Meanwhile, a spectacular tree top facility has been procured from a failed tourism venture to service as a top station.

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(Stay tuned for more from Maydena Bike Park in the next issue of MBA!)

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