Bike sports, which includes things like mountain bike racing and trials, cyclo-cross, freestyle BMX, road racing, cycle speedway and skills parks, are growing in popularity.

There are currently only a few places where riders can participate in these activities in Maribyrnong, including the limited downhill course and BMX facilities at Quarry Park and basic off-road track at Cruickshank Park, which we know are valued by our community.

Council is keen to support the continued growth in bike sports activities as a way to encourage physical health and wellbeing, noting an increase in the numbers participating in both recreational and bike sports particularly in our municipality. The trail counter at Quarry Park, for example, recorded a 100% increase in traffic in late 2021 over the same period the year before.

Council has already committed to investing in additional recreational riding and bicycle facilities as part of the Maribyrnong Bicycle Strategy 2020-2030 including:

  • Exploring opportunities for an additional learn-to-ride area in the northern part of the City, such as Robert Barrett or McDonald reserves
  • Prioritising access to pavilion space for a cycling club specifically encouraging female and junior membership
  • Installing three bicycle maintenance stations each year; and
  • Investigating the feasibility of a cycle track around an oval, and an all-inclusive bike hub at a suitable location, including access for disability service agencies to provide cycle training at a suitable location.

We’re now looking to develop a Bike Sports Strategy to look at ways we can support participants and those wanting to become involved in enjoying these more adventurous ‘sports’ based cycling activities.

The Strategy will focus on opportunities around recreational riding activities not the existing bike path network that supports active transport opportunities.

You can help us by completing the short questionnaire below by 5pm Wednesday 31 August 2022 to help us understand how you currently view bike sports, what helps or hinders your ability to participate, and any concerns or opportunities you can see in relation to this particular activity in the future.

If you require any assistance or have any questions please contact:
RecAndOpenSpace@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au


Questionnaire

Bike Sports examples

Bike Sports examples

  • Road cycling

    Road cycling in its modern form originated in the late 19th century and has been part of the Summer Olympic Games since the Athens Olympics in 1896.

    Road racing includes single-day races, individual time trails, stage races and ultra-distance cycling.

    The most commonly used bicycle in road races are racing bicycles and clothing worn for road cycling is designed to improve aeordynamics and rider comfort.

  • Mountain biking

    Races are held off-road and involve a moderate to high degree of technical skill. Main varieties are cross-country, endure and downhill, but also 4X or four-cross racing.

    Trials include riders navigating natural and man-made obstacles without putting down their foot, or ‘dabbing’ similar to motorbike trials, just pedal not petrol powered.

  • BMX

    BMX races are sprints on purpose-built off-road single-lap tracks typically on single gear bicycles where riders navigate a direct course of jumps and banked and flat corners.

    Freestyle BMX is an extreme sport of stunt riding.

  • Gravel racing

    Is one of the newest disciplines of bicycle racing that emerged last century. Distinguishing features of gravel racing include long distances, often 100-200 miles, and mass starts. Bikes and courses in gravel racing vary widely, from road bikes with wide tires on smooth gravel roads to bikes similar to mountain bikes used on courses that include technical trails.

  • Cyclo-cross

    Originated as a sport for road racers during their off-season, to vary their training during the cold months. Races consist of many laps of a 2-3km course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to dismount, carry their bike over or around obstacles and remount in one motion. The emphasis is on the riders aerobic endurance and bike-handling skills. The first international race was held in Paris in 1924.