October 16, 2017
I was visiting Australia for a week or so, and decided to give these trails a try. It's a pretty big system, so I wasn't able to do to much of it in just two days, but what I did do, I really enjoyed. Coming from Colorado, the humidity was tough to deal with, and made me shorten my rides a little bit (the beach was calling...). I would recommend keeping to the Happy Valley and Three Hills area if you're looking for a smooth ride with some tech features thrown in. Some of the other trails, particularly the ones a little further out from the Velodrome entrance, are pretty washed out and unmaintained. Norco Flow looked like it might have been pretty sick at one time, but it's fallen on hard times. The new trails built for the Commonwealth Games are really fun, but also very short. None of the climbs are very big, but I still managed to get 1000 to 1500 ft of elevation per ride. I even saw a kangaroo. "Hired" my bike from Just Ride Nerang down the street, and they could not have been better. Got the Specialized FSR Carbon Comp all dialed in, and gave great advice on the trail system. We stayed in Main Beach and it was a quick 15 min drive to the bike shop, and you can ride out straight from there to the trailhead. Also let me store the bike there while I was not riding it.