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Into the heart of Australia

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From the city to the deep outback, the Mawson Trail is a unique Australian bike ride. Leon Hill makes the tough journey on the Outback Odyssey event. There are some experiences that are unmistakably Australian—climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, gazing on Uluru at first light and cycling the Outback Odyssey. While the latter mightn’t be
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Townsville Trails

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Often overlooked, Townsville has much to offer the off­-road rider, Sarah Down reveals. When it comes to holiday destinations, Queensland’s far-­north city of Townsville tends to be overshadowed by its more tourism-­focussed neighbour, Cairns. It also has a lesser reputation for mountain biking, with Smithfield Park—the home ground for the UCI Mountain World Cup events—gaining Cairns greater attention.
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The Epic

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Jon Miller visits Mt Buller to ride the first IMBA Epic trail in the southern hemisphere. High country snow has melted but not a day too soon for the mountain bikers waiting for the Australian Alpine Epic to reopen. It’s a 40km flow masterpiece that descends 1,000 vertical metres from Mt Buller village into the surrounding valley
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Berms through the bush

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Tasmania has attracted adventurers from around the world for decades with its particular blend of wilderness and rugged beauty. Now the time has come for mountain bikers to get in on the natural spoils. Ben Clark takes us on a test ride through the newest singletracks in the island’s north­east. It seems with every picturesque
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Hollybank Tall Timbers Trail in Tasmania. Photo Ben Clark

Trails to wellbeing

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Across the country, land managers are building bike trails to increase the use of parks and public land. Simon Vincett reports. More and more people are choosing mountain biking for their active recreation and their regular dose of nature, and parks authorities are more and more happy to accommodate them. It hasn’t always been this
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Set the wheels of learning in motion

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Can a mountain bike track be a tool for teaching? A Tasmanian school is testing its new facility to the limits of utility. Simon Vincett reports. A Hobart primary school is pioneering the use of bike riding as behavior modulation and a learning tool, with a mountain bike track as part of the playground. Used by students for lunchtime
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Destination Hobart

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Whether it’s Artbikes, mountain bikes or road bikes you’re into, Hobart has rides for you, finds Simon Vincett. The coolest way to get around the sights of Hobart is to borrow an Artbike for the weekend. These stylish Vanmoof bikes come fully-appointed with built-in lights and mudguards, and included in the hire fee are free,
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Exploring Munda Biddi – the world’s longest continuous bike trail

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From the fringe of Perth to the south coast, this 1,000km “path through the forest” is the premier opportunity to bike the magnificent bushland of south-west WA.  Testing the truly intrepid to tour the whole length or taking family groups out-and-back for a taste of Western Australia’s wilderness, the Munda Biddi Trail caters to a variety of riders. The allure
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Cycle Coffs Coast

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Coffs Coast has caught the cycling craze, Sue Webber reports. The beautiful Coffs Coast region of northern NSW has just gotten better—it’s becoming a great place to ride bikes. The Coffs Coast Cycle Club maintains an area of the Pine Creek Mountain Bike Park and the Coffs City Rotary group has launched an annual ride
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Bike skills

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Everyone can ride a bike, right? No, and in fact we can all learn skills to become more confident and ride with less effort, regardless of our level of experience. Simon Vincett gleans secrets from four different skills instructors. If someone told you that you could ride faster with less effort, feel more confident about
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