Man opens property for riders
A MOUNTAIN biker will open his property this weekend to anyone looking for a day in the bush on their bikes.
Eddie Roberts has 2km of single track and 3km of fire trails on his property that he uses as a private mountain bike course.
But in an effort to promote the sport in the Tweed, Mr Roberts is having an open day for people with a mountain bike who want to get a taste of what the Tweed has to offer.
"I started seriously building tracks about two or three years ago," Mr Roberts said.
"I was clearing away weeds on the property and it revealed the old cattle trails that were perfect for single track."
Mr Roberts knows what makes good terrain for mountain biking. The Uki resident helped build trails in Whistler, Canada more than 20 years ago when the industry was in its infant at the well-known ski location.
"This is a very big industry in some communities and it is only going to get bigger," he said.
"This is an industry that has almost no impact on the environment.
"Mountain biking is competing with skiing in Whistler the industry has grown so much.
"There is a need for trails in the Tweed with this area having so much potential."
Mr Roberts was part of the Wollumbin Bicycle Users Group.
The group was working with Tweed Shire Council to improve bicycle access across the Tweed.
The open day is at 172 Rolands Creek Rd, Uki on Saturday starting at 1pm.