Good places for riding in canberra?

Discussion in 'General MTB Discussion' started by kurupt-101, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. kurupt-101

    kurupt-101 Cannon Fodder

    Hey guys
    Recently i bought a bike with the intention of getting back into riding, more specifically downhill/trail riding, but i am lost for places and find it hard to get back into riding. I live in northside canberra but dont know where to begin my search.

    Of course there is mount stromlo but that is too far out of the way, mount ainsiley was my first place but had no lucl please give me some ideas/suggestions! Any help/tips will be much appreciated
    Thanks, Jesse
     
  2. Dozer

    Dozer Heavy machinery. Staff Member

    Of all the places in Australia that are stacked with places to ride, Canberra is it for me. Do you have transport to get your bike to a track or are you riding from home?
    There is so much riding at Stromlo at Majura Pines, you are very spoilt for choice.
     
  3. SummitFever

    SummitFever Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Do yourself a favour and get over to Majura Pines. Google it for all you need to know.
     
  4. mtb1611

    mtb1611 Seymour

    Sparrow Hill, singletrack nirvana!
     
  5. mtboer

    mtboer Likes Dirt

    Isn't there still work to clear up the fallen trees in Majura Pines ?? Majura.JPG
     
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  6. slimjim1

    slimjim1 Likes Dirt

    There are no good places to ride in Canberra :peep::peep:
     
  7. droenn

    droenn Likes Dirt

    last weekend at least, a lot of Majura was closed off.

    bruce ridge looking a bit scrappy with trees down and lingering puddles. still fine for a run though :)

    kowen is fine, just muddy patches

    haven't been to stromlo for a few weeks.
     
  8. Bun

    Bun Likes Bikes

    plenty of choices in Canberra. Stromlo, Bruce Ridge, Majura Pines, Old Tuggeranong Road Pines, Canberra Centenary Trail ( North loop from Forde down to Hall has a good flow section)

    Jerrabomberra, I know it isn't Canberra but it's still close.
     
  9. slimjim1

    slimjim1 Likes Dirt

    +1

    And Kowen/Sparrow too.

    And Isaacs Ridge once the new gravity trails open, if that's more your style.
     
  10. johnny

    johnny I'll tells ya! Staff Member

    MTBerra, it's Aboriginal for "Sick gnar, bro!!!"
     
  11. droenn

    droenn Likes Dirt

    just re-read... how is that far out of the way?

    if you really can't be bothered traveling a whole 25 mins you have Majura
     
  12. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Friends and I recently went to Canberra for 3 days and rode Stromlo ,Bruce Ridge, Majura ,Sparrow Hill .
    Stromlo was the favourite as good as any place i have ridden including OS.
     
  13. BorisBC

    BorisBC Likes Bikes

    Ha OP might not have a car. Stromlo can be far to ride if you want a session there as well. Depending on where OP is, Bruce Ridge is awesome for a beginner and close to Belco, Gungahlin and Civic. Otherwise Majura is close to the Dickson area. Both are fantastic for beginner riding.

    Also a Google search will give you trail maps for both locations.
     
  14. johnny

    johnny I'll tells ya! Staff Member

    Fantastic for experienced riders too!
     
  15. stinkytodamax

    stinkytodamax Likes Dirt

    Given you are north side Majura and Bruce are your best bets.

    Bruce is smooth and flowing with few/no real prolonged climbs. An excellent place to ride for a quick blast or getting the skills up again. Bruce holds up well after rain which is a bonus given all the recent rain.

    Majura Pines is great as well. A few more tree roots and bumps but its only as hard as you go fast. The newer machine built flow trails are excellent but warrant more climbing than say Bruce Ridge. The rewards for those efforts are in my opinion better.

    All the other trails mentioned are excellent as well but Stromlo is still king for variety of well groomed flowing gravity trails. Some of us may argue to smooth in some sections these days but that smoothness helps cater for a wider variety of riders to have a good time.

    Enjoy getting back amongst it.
     
  16. SlowManiac

    SlowManiac Likes Dirt

    bit off topic but any good places for young kids to ride? Will need to be fairly flat and smooth, my youngster is only 4 and isn't able to climb anything resembling a hill.
     
  17. moman

    moman Likes Dirt

    Any word on Isaacs? Is it open? What's it like?
     
  18. slimjim1

    slimjim1 Likes Dirt

    The two DH runs are not officially open yet (the very bottom sections are open and are fun to sesh a few times). There is an XC trail which traverses across for about a kilometre which is fun and flowy and I think is open. Also the centenary trail runs through here and there is a new fun section which has been added to that at the mount Mugga Mugga end of Isaacs.

    There are also a couple of fun unofficial runs if you know where to look ;)

    Isaacs itself is one of the steeper parts of Canberra and the DH runs will probably be about the most technical in Canberra I would imagine.
     
  19. thatsnotme

    thatsnotme Likes Dirt

    Head to the beginner area at Majura. Plenty of room to explore in a nice flat area.
     
  20. SlowManiac

    SlowManiac Likes Dirt

    Awesome, thanks for the tip!
     

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