Partnership Provides Sustainable Future

7 May 2019

With four stages of awesome trails through state forests, wine country, hinterland, national parks and mountain bike parks, the Newcastle and the Hunter Region’s Port to Port embodies the very essence of freedom and sense of satisfaction that mountain biking brings.

Over the past five years, Port to Port has quickly developed the reputation of being one of Australia’s premier MTB stage races with an amazing rider experience. This year the team is super confident that they have nailed the best course yet – full of challenging climbs, all the best single track in the area and an incredible array of destinations and amazing views.

One of the key elements of the event’s success has been the partnership between Port to Port organisers,  NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and local volunteer groups (such as the Glenrock Trail Alliance), who are all committed to bring mountain biking to the community, the development and maintenance of a sustainable network of trails and the innovative management of mountain biking in NSW.

On Saturday 4 May, the NPWS and Glenrock Trail Alliance (GTA) held a workday to involve riders and volunteers educating them in what goes into getting the trails ready and ensuring their resilience for year round enjoyment by mountain bikers, and the general community.

The Build Day worked on the popular and challenging “Snakes and Ladders” trail, to reinstate drainage and grade reversals, prune overgrown vegetation and undertake a general clean-up.

Glenrock State Conservation Area Ranger Kate Harrison said the NPWS is pleased to support the Port to Port event, which showcases the picturesque and world class mountain bike network of Glenrock to its many visitors.

“The NPWS was excited to host the inaugural Port to Port Build Day. This was a partnership initiative with the event organiser and the GTA. It was great to see committed volunteers help to maintain and prepare the track network and in the process work towards the conservation outcomes for the reserve,” Kate said.

Port to Port MTB is proudly supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Further information contact: Noel McMahon, IRONMAN Media Manager (Oceania) +61 455 091 476, noel.mcmahon@ironman.com

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