New trail has epic first year

Published on 14 March 2024

A young mountain biker makes a jump on dirt mountain bike trail, followed by two more riders in lush forest

More than 1000 riders a month have enjoyed the thrill of the Indigo Epic Mountain Bike Trail since it officially opened 12 months ago.

On Friday, the trail which traverses 56 kilometers between Beechworth and Yackandandah, will celebrate its first birthday.

Since launching, the trail has attracted riders of all ages and abilities from across the country, with many hailing it as one of the most spectacular mountain bike trails in Australia.

Mayor, Sophie Price says feedback from riders has been overwhelmingly positive. “Mountain bikers just love the quality of the trail and the beautiful Australian bushland scenery. We’ve received praise for the amazing flowing trails and the quality of the construction. The general consensus is the Indigo Epic is an absolute gem of the High Country.”

The trail has also had a positive impact on the local economy with spend data showing dining, entertainment, and travel spend across Beechworth and Yackandandah increasing by 18% from 2022 to 2023.

The $2M Indigo Epic project was jointly funded by Indigo Shire Council and the Federal Government through its Building Better Regions Fund and was the culmination of many years of planning and engagement with community, particularly the Beechworth Chain Gang and Yack Tracks MTB clubs.

"We are grateful for the vision and tenacity from the Beechworth Chain Gang and Yack Tracks MTB clubs in making this trail a reality and look forward to continuing our close working relationship with them to ensure the trail is well-maintained for years to come,” Cr Price said.

For more information about the Indigo Epic Trail, visit the Ride High Country website.


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