World’s attention on Maydena Bike Park

THE Derwent Valley is presently at the centre of the mountain biking universe, with attention focussed on the Maydena Bike Park as it hosts the Australian debut of the Red Bull Hardline Mountain Bike Series.

Liberal Lyons MHA Guy Barnett today visited the bike park, which he said was a jewel in the crown of Australian mountain biking destinations. “Hundreds of thousands of fans will view the Hardline broadcast and it will reach millions more via social media, boosting Tasmania’s economy and elevating our local tourism and hospitality businesses,” Mr Barnett said.

“Red Bull’s move to host its premier Hardline Mountain Bike Series away from its traditional home in Wales for the next three years is unprecedented. The Rockliff Liberal Government signed a $1.4 million partnership with Red Bull that will bring 30 of the world’s best male and female mountain bike riders to Maydena to compete,” he said.

“We also invested $800,000 to progress Stage 2 of the Maydena Bike Park after I had the privilege of opening it in early 2018, and $475,000 to bring Enduro World Series to Maydena last year. I am incredibly proud, both as a cycling enthusiast and as the local member, to have witnessed and supported Maydena Bike Park’s meteoric rise and look forward to continuing our relationship as part of the Rockliff Liberal Government’s 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania,” he said.

Mr Barnett, who is recontesting his seat in Parliament in next month’s state election, was accompanied by fellow Liberal candidate Justin Derksen, of New Norfolk. Mr Derksen yesterday advised that he had sought leave from his position as a Derwent Valley Councillor until after the election.

Note: All candidates contesting the seat of Lyons in the state election are welcome to send details of their campaigning activities to New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News. Email damian@newnorfolknews.com

Pictured: Lyons candidate Justin Derksen, left, American mountain-biker Hannah Bergemann and Guy Barnett MHA at Maydena today. Picture supplied.

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