Orange Mountain Bike Club – Mates, Trails, Advocacy and Events
Great Trails in Picturesque Orange NSW Australia
Orange Mountain Bike Club builds and maintains a great range of trails in Orange and surrounding areas. Currently the club is focused on Kinross Forest and the dedicated Lake Canobolas Mountain Bike Park.
Lake Canobolas Mountain Bike Park
Located just across the road from Lake Canobolas, the mountain bike park is a dedicated mountain bike trail with no access for cars or motorbikes. Built into regenerated bushland the track is traditional XC style with many corners, burms, technical obstacles, fast flowing descents and a few challenging climbs. The three connected loops get more difficult the further you ride. Your choice ranges from an easy 3km loop, intermediate 8km loop and an advanced 8km loop. Develop your riding on the skills park near the entry. For the adrenaline seekers there’s a jump track at the back of the park. Climb to the top and your rewarded by the wonderful views of the lake at Hecklers Lodge.
Kinross Forest Trails
Built into the Forests natural contours The Kinross Trails are built with the permission of Forestry NSW who grant access for a variety of recreational activities to be enjoyed. The trails give a wonderful experience immersing the rider in beautiful pine forest. The trails are open and flowing, cut into beautiful rich soft soils offering a smooth riding surface and some amazing corner traction in places. Those looking to build fitness will be impressed by some challenging yet enjoyable climbs such as the TTT and rewarded with the amazing flow of the Goat Track, Burm Me up Scotty and the North Shore and Brown Hornet descents. For experienced navigators of those with a guide, riders can discover some outstanding and slightly more wild trails perfect for All mountain and XC bikes.
Why Mountain Biking?
People get into mountain biking for many different reasons, and Orange is one of the best cities in Australia to enjoy this past time.
Some reasons to get into mountain biking:
- Get out into nature
- Get and stay fit
- Get hands on trail building
- Make friends
- Keep your reflexes sharp
Orange Mountain bikers enjoy getting out and using the top-quality trails the region has to offer. The sport offers a great way to get into nature while exercising, learning and becoming more resourceful. Members and non-members of OMC enjoy trail building, social group rides and races making great friends along the way.
Orange Mountain Bike Club was started many years ago by a small group of enthusiastic trail builders and cyclists. Once the club was formalised it was called Central West Off Road Cycling Club (CWORBC). The founder members of Central West Off Road applied countless hours and tireless energy to building the famous Kinross Forest trail network, while running some amazing events such as the epic Backyamma Bigfoot. In recent years the club renamed to Orange Mountain Bike Club, to truly represent our base. The club has enjoyed an amazing growth in interest, membership and support with the new Lake Canobolas Mountain Bike Park being built and used for regular events. The club is looking forward to continued growth as more and more people discover the fun, fitness and mateship of trail building and cycling.
OMC put on many great events including the Summer race series held on Thursday nights during Daylight savings time. The annual pilgrimage to Backyamma state forest for the Backyamma bigfoot occurs in September each year. The club participates in and hosts a round of the Interclub race series around the Central West, hosts gravity events and national level cross country races. We also hold regular dig days to build and maintain the epic trails we enjoy. The club prides itself on a friendly, helpful and respectful conduct by all its members with a focus on fun and safe racing for riders from all age groups and abilities.