Mountains opening up for 2017/18

Start planning those holidays! The mountains of Australia are opening up to mountain bikers after a bumper snow season, and many resorts are offering new stuff for 2017/18.

Here'a a quick roundup of what's opening and when.

MT BULLER - all trails open by 2 December

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Bike Buller is opening up its 100km of trails gradually, with 20 of 22 of the mountain's beginner and intermediate XC netwok open for business. The only downhill trail open is Copperhead, with the remaining four coming on stream in the next few weeks.

THREDBO - all trails open 18 November

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More than 25km of trail will be open for business late in November, as NSW's big mountain comes on stream after record snowfalls. With a raft of trail building done last year, the pace is a little slower in 2017, but expect some new additions as the year winds down.

FALLS CREEK - all trails open 18 November

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With 40km of relatively new trails , Falls opens its doors on the weekend of 18/19 November with the Ignition festival, with a single ticket giving riders a full experience of the World Trail-made trail network.

Of course, places like Blue Derby in Tasmania are already in full swing, while Australia's newest park, Maydena, will open on the Australia Day long weekend in 2018.

Bicycling Australia

He is Australia’s Energy Minister, the Federal MP representing the Southern Highlands, a passionate cyclist, and preparing to saddle up for the ultimate challenge - the 175km Maxi Classic at the 2018 Bowral Classic this coming Sunday.

Cycling advocacy organisations from across Australia have united in a national call to action focusing on rider awareness, safe passing, and respect on our roads.

A counter on a popular Brisbane bikeway clicked past the one million mark on Friday afternoon, more than a million trips registering on the Council-funded counter this year.