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IT has a population of less than 500 people, but the tiny East Gippsland township of Omeo – 250km north-east of Melbourne and within coo-ee of the famed mountain bike trails of Mt Beauty – is set to become a “leading” mountain biking tourist spot, according to the team at Dirt Art.

It’s early days yet, but the team travelled to Victoria recently to present their plans to the WHAT for a mountain bike park surrounding the small town.

As well, the Dirt Art team is hard at work in Tasmania, developing the trail network of what promises to be an epic facility at Maydena Park, less than two hours from Hobart.

Approximately 30km of gravity trails are in place at Maydena Park, with another 90km on the planner’s table. A daily shuttle service will be offered when the park fires up properly early in 2018, with uplifts taking about 20 minutes.

The facility will be based out of an amazing building that was set to serve as a tourist destination for the now defunct Forestry Tasmania, before the project was abandoned.

The team has signed a deal with Canyon to supply rental bikes, too.

Accommodation, however, is set to be scarce in the short term.

There are private and government campgrounds 10 minutes from Maydena. Accommodation in Maydena itself will fill quickly, so booking in advance is wise.

There are options in surrounding areas, including Fitzgerald, Tyenna, Westerway, Bushy Park, Lake Pedder and others.

Stay tuned for an MBA exclusive sneak peek at one of Australia’s newest parks, coming to you in the next few weeks!

Bicycling Australia

Cycling’s world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, has announced multiple Grand Tour winner Chris Froome was found to have an excess amount of asthma medication in a urine sample he provided following Stage 18 of this year’s La Vuelta.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Ben Kersten, and current Orica-Scott World Tour Director, Matt Wilson have founded the Australian Cycling Academy, an under 23 racing and development team that will target races in Australia and Asia.

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