The mountain bike events for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be held in the Nerang National Park with the start and finish located at the Gold Coast Cycle Centre. The project included a new mountain bike trail in the Nerang National Park as well as refurbishment works at the Gold Coast Cycle Centre.
Gold Coast Cycle Centre refurbishment
The Gold Coast Cycle Centre upgrades were completed in early July 2016 and included upgrades to the clubhouse, improvements to car parking facilities and visitor access, a new amenities block and a new spectator viewing platform that overlooks the existing outdoor velodrome.
Gold Coast Cycle Centre site plan
Nerang mountain bike trail
The GC2018 mountain bike trail meets Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) requirements and was designed utilising the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Difficulty Rating System.
Construction of the mountain bike trail commenced in mid-September 2016 and was completed in February 2017. The GC2018 Mountain Bike Trail will undergo some final maintenance and modification after the Commonwealth Games.
Signature 1 Trail – Slower speed technical and rocky section that involves both a section of climb and steep descent. Includes stone stairs and ledges to test riders technical ability.
Signature 2 Trail – Higher speed technical section that involves both a climb and a descent. Includes jumps and drops, and a range of different line choices.
Signature 3 Trail – A fast, open section with rollers, jumps and technical rock sections. This feature brings genuine mountain bike elements into the velodrome area.
Loop 1 – The start and finish area which is highly visible to spectators.
Loop 2 – The first section of loop 2 includes a wide open trail with passing opportunities. The second part of the loop contains jumps, and drops in descent. It is a jump/flow style of trail with large berms, rollers, drops and jumps.
Loop 3 – Steeper, narrower and technical rocky section of trail. This is a slower section of trail designed to test the very best of bike handlers.
Loop 4 – A less technical, more open and fast loop which will allow for numerous passing opportunities.
Loop 5 – Feed and technical zone - the design features two main trail loops that feed in and out of the velodrome to offer the greatest viewing opportunity for spectators.
Loop 6 – Realignment of a small section the existing Three Hills Trail to that connects to the new Trail Loops 2 and 3.