We have had several inquiries from riders keen to try out the new mountain biking trails in the Cradle. However, please note that at present the mountain biking trails are still under construction, and may not be used or ‘tested out’ by riders for the following reasons:
The trails are still under construction; workers are on site using machinery, vehicles and hand tools that are potentially dangerous to cyclists and trail riders. Riders could damage trail sections that have not been completed due to the rainy conditions, and this adds more work to the construction teams’ load.
We would rather you enjoyed the final, enjoyable trail, not an incomplete work-in-progress.
This project is training a team of trail builders from the local community and it is important to teach them best practice – riders should not be on trails under construction or repair. Adjoining property owners demanded very specific measures be put in place before riders take to the trails – we had agreements with these property owners regarding design and safety precautions. Please respect the wishes of these property owners.
The trails (first 17 km section) will probably be open toward the end of April 2014 at an official launch event. So before that, please stay clear of the trails while they are under construction, to allow the trail designer, trail builders and officials an opportunity to construct the trails in a proper way.
If you would like to discuss the trail, design features and issues while out riding on the roads and cycle lanes in the Cradle WHS, please engage with the project trail crew on site or contact Gail Jennings (email@example.com) or Hein Pienaar (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0824546617).
Finally, if you or any other rider disregards signage on site and this request to stay off the trails while under construction, you will be riding at your own risk. Please remember that this trail is constructed within a provincial road reserve (public land) and liability issues cannot be taken lightly.