For those who prefer human power, there’s also some great cycling to be had in the area. Working at 1,000m above sea level adds an extra challenge, but the range of terrain is great.
- For the mountain bikers we have 3 high quality mountain biking areas that have been developed and built over the years:
- Sport UNE: The track at Sport UNE starts near the basketball court, and has a detailed trail map at the trailhead. Some fantastic climbs, technical descents and flowing single track make this a great riding area.
- Pine Forest, Rockvale Road: The trails out at the Piney are a mix of single track, open fire trails and technical rocky climbs and descents – oh, and some boardwalks thrown in for good measure! Things to watch out for here are the cattle that are grazing in the area, and the mediaeval village.
- Fat Tyre Farm, New England Highway: Set in the hills adjacent to the highway, Fat Tyre Farm is a mix of big climbs, steep and fast descents and technical single track.
Details of where all the mountain bike tracks are can be found here.
- Road cyclists have a number of areas that are regularly used, and will allow you to compare your time to those on Strava etc:
- Dangarsleigh Road: from the 80kmh sign there are a number of turn points (7.5km, 12.5 and 15km) giving you the turn points for 15, 25 and 30km respectively.
- Long Swap Road: Just after the dump is the start of the measured routes, so again, check strava and go!
- Boorolong Road: Out along Boorolong Road, where the Old Inverell Road joins is the start of the sections that are used by the local club.
- There is also a route round to Uralla on the back roads, which will give you about a 90km ride return (with a good café in Uralla to stop at!)
- Those who like the gravel roads, there are some great little loops in the area as well that weave between the sealed roads.