When Mike Bodsworth moved to Anglesea seeking a lifestyle change about a decade ago, he was drawn to the town’s fledgling bike park, which was then under construction.
“I am just a really passionate mountain biker. So when I moved to Anglesea, I was excited to see this being built,” Mike says. “I applied to go on the committee and I’ve been there ever since.”
The one-hectare park, opposite Anglesea Primary School on Camp Road, features trails, jumps, berms and obstacles for riders of all ages and abilities.
It includes a world-class trials facility, and will again host world champion riders as part of its annual trials event in December.
The land is owned by Alcoa and leased to Surf Coast Shire, which covers the bulk of its ongoing costs, together with grants and corporate donations.
Mike says the eight-strong volunteer committee of management is responsible for developing and implementing the park’s strategic master plan as well as risk management, site upkeep, promotion and community engagement. They also work with other local groups to advocate for improved mountain bike trails in the district.
“One of the special things about the bike park is it’s like a playground for all ages,” he says.
“It is a beautifully evolving community facility that is all about fun, thrill-seeking, excitement and good feelings.
“Anglesea has so much to offer people, particularly in terms of mountain biking. So I am keen to do whatever I can along with other people to help that happen.”
Anglesea Bike Park is holding it’s bi-monthly working bee this Sunday 28 August from 2pm. Jobs include planting, jump repair, drainage clearing, trail raking and general tidying. All are welcome.