Margaret River the launching pad of South West Mountain Bike Masterplan

WA Mountain Bike Association president Louise Wallace, Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association's John Dingey, Department of Parks and Wildlife South West officer Bob Hagan, Common Ground's David Wilcox, South West MLC Barry House, environment minister Albert Jacob and West Cycle's Rod Annear at the new trail in Bramley National Park.
WA Mountain Bike Association president Louise Wallace, Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association's John Dingey, Department of Parks and Wildlife South West officer Bob Hagan, Common Ground's David Wilcox, South West MLC Barry House, environment minister Albert Jacob and West Cycle's Rod Annear at the new trail in Bramley National Park.

THE South West is on its way to becoming an international destination for mountain bike riding.

This is the result of the South West Mountain Bike Masterplan which was launched on Sunday.

Environment minister Albert Jacob launched the plan in Bramley National Park where the first track has been made.

The 660 metre diamond track is hailed as one of the most difficult in the state.

Bramley National Park will have eight kilometres worth of tracks for mountain bike lovers to enjoy.

"As the draft master plan was being developed, Bramley National Park near Margaret River rose to the top as a priority area, and I am delighted that the first part of an initial eight-kilometre network has already been delivered, with more planned," Mr Jacob said.

Collie and Pemberton have also been identified as high priorities in the plan.

Mr Jacob said the benefits of the masterplan was two fold.

"It allows the WA community to enjoy mountain bike riding and being close to nature while positioning the state on the international market," he said.

"There has been increasing demand for purpose-built facilities and a more managed approach towards mountain biking in WA, and we are responding to that demand."

The masterplan has come about through years of collaboration and preparation by several agencies, including WA Mountain Biking Association, Department of Sport and Recreation, West Cycle and Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The $350,000 initial trail was funded by Royalties for Regions, Lotterywest, Natural Resource Management grants, the Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the Cape to Cape MTB.

This story South West to turn into international bike trails first appeared on Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.