Cycle Canberra, Mountain Bike Ride, Bruce Ridge
Bruce Ridge mountain bike trails are one of the most interesting in Canberra. The reason is they are wedged in between major freeways, so you get the ultimate sense of freedom amidst suburbia. The trails are a good mix of easy, free-flowing trails together with some more difficult and technically challenging trails.
The trail map we have included is a ride around the MTB park. In general, when you get into the middle of the park the trails become a bit more challenging.
Bruce Ridge consists of hardpack and loose (gravely) single track in a small area with flowing sections and minor technical challenges (mainly logs) with some loose surfaces and some climbing. All trails are two-way and downhill riders are to give way.
Climbs: Pretty much all shallow switchback climbs on hardpack with a few steeper sections and a bit of loose stuff. You can stay away from climbing the hill by sticking to the ‘outside’ tracks.
Descents: Mainly shallow grade sections with flowing turns and wide switchbacks. Some are tighter, steeper turns on one or two sections. The odd corner is loose due to pea gravel or small stones.
Tricky bits: Negligible or avoidable – occasional log to roll over and loose corner to negotiate. Single tracks at Bruce Ridge have considerable overgrowth and eye protection should be worn to avoid injury. Keep an eye out for recently fallen trees.
Bruce Ridge is accessible off Belconnen Way on the south, Dryandra Street on the east and from the underpasses off Purdie Street to the north-west.
Food and drink
Located right in the natural reserve is The Ridge Café and Bar. They offer a casual but refreshing dining environment. Come and enjoy their hot and cold buffet which can satisfy even the pickiest one, or simply have a snack or a cup of coffee. They also provide a takeaway menu if you want to know.
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