Nerang Mountain Bike Trails
Cyclists on the Gold Coast are benefiting from improved facilities long before the Games start with the construction of the Nerang National Park Mountain Bike Trails and the upgrade of the Gold Coast Cycle Centre.
During the Games, the two facilities will host the Mountain Biking competition, which will see the Commonwealth’s best riders challenging both each other and the demanding environment of Nerang National Park and State Forest. The bike trail has been designed to meet Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) requirements for international competition.
By developing new trails, upgrading the cycle centre and improving nearby infrastructure, the venues are now Games ready. The venues’ upgrades were also environmentally sustainable, with trail designer Dirt Art working closely with the Queensland Government to minimise tree and vegetation clearance. The refurbishment of the cycling centre incorporated improvements to car parking facilities and visitor access, a new amenities block and a new spectator viewing platform that overlooks both the existing outdoor velodrome and criterium track.
Used by over 160,000 cyclists per year, the trails attract riders from all over Queensland and through this investment, it is expected that the facilities will be a drawcard for locals, tourists and elite riders.
The trails will host two medal events during the Games, with a spectator capacity of 2,000.
The Gold Coast Cycle Centre redevelopment included minor upgrades to the clubhouse, improvements to car parking facilities and visitor access, a new amenities block and a new spectator viewing platform that overlooks both the existing outdoor velodrome and criterium track.
Key venue stats
Opened in February 2017 and delivered at a cost of $3.2 million
4.7 kilometres of new and upgraded trails
Improved facilities for cycling competitors, spectators and officials at the Cycle Centre
Events held during Commonwealth Games
The following event were held at this venue:
Gold Coast Cycle Centre / Nerang Mountain Bike Trails
Nerang QLD 4211
The Mountain Bike event at the Games will be the Cross Country discipline. There are three other disciplines in Mountain Biking (Downhill, Four Cross and TrailQuest)
Cairns in North Queensland will also witness world class Mountain Bike cycling action, when it hosts the 2017 UCI World Champions in September
The Gold Coast Cycling Club’s members include Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists Sara Carrigan, Danny Clark and Robbie McEwen who is a multiple Tour de France stage winner
Mountain bikes used for cross country competition usually weigh between 9 and 13 kg
When Mountain Biking, jumping over an obstacle without dismounting is known as a Bunny-hop
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this project will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:
- GC2018 supports jobs growth over 10 years
- Queensland businesses experience significant economic uplift
- GC2018 creates opportunities for permanent legacy benefits from infrastructure improvements, including the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2
- GC2018 is leveraged to support the sport and recreation industry to better cater for active communities from grass roots to high performance
Employment, environment and sustainability
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the employment, environment and sustainability benefits that this project will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:
- Mountain Bike Trail construction created 10 full-time jobs during design and construction
- South East Queensland’s first international competition-standard mountain bike trail
- Tree and vegetation clearance was minimised during the trails' construction as a result of close collaboration between Dirt Art and the Queensland Government
- Provides the Gold Coast Cycle Club with an upgraded clubhouse, improved car parking facilities, a new amenities block and spectator viewing platform
- Demonstrates a commitment to Mountain Biking when viewed in conjunction with Queensland hosting the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI) 2017 Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns