Mount Stromlo and its surrounds have been home to Australian mountain biking since the sports inception in Australia. Before the 2003 bush fires, over 60km of single track existed in what is now Stromlo Forest Park and the surrounding pine plantations.
Prior to the parks inception in 2007, the area hosted the first Australian National Mountain Bike Championships in 1989 and the Championships have since returned to Stromlo Forest Park in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013.
The area was also the birthplace of 24hr racing in Australia and Stromlo Forest Park still plays a huge roll in this part of the sport, having hosted numerous 24hr National and World Championships and also playing host for the inaugural Scott 24hr Mountain Bike Race- the largest and longest running 24hr race in Australia.
In 2008, the fastest mountain bike racers in the world converged on Stromlo when the park hosted a Cross Country, 4X and Downhill round of the UCI World Cup. The 2008 World Cup was followed up in 2009 when the park played host to the most prestigious event in Mountain biking- The 2009 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships.
With 30,000 people watching, history was made at Stromlo Forest Park when legendary downhill rider Steve Peat took his first ever World Championships gold medal. Local Canberra rider Caroline Buchannan also took gold in the elite women’s 4X and Australian rider Jared Graves took gold in the elite men’s 4X race.
The park has, and will continue to host the largest and most successful mountain bike events on both a national and international level. With an ever increasing number of local and visiting riders making the park a regular riding destination, Stromlo forest park is set to become Australia’s true cycling wonderland.