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Sidle 73 Track

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The Sidle 73 MTB track has been developed to enable mountain bikers wanting to ride a loop from the Broken River to Craigieburn Ski Field roads to avoid having to ride the section of State Highway 73 between the two roads.

In 2012 the Department of Conservation and the Castle Hill Community Association together with Ground Effect signed agreements that enabled the Sidle 73 track. After final approval from DOC was obtained, the track was constructed by work parties organised in November 2012 by Ground Effect. The track was officially opened on the 23rd February 2013

Route Description

The Sidle 73 MTB track connects the Cave Stream campground on the Broken River Ski Field access road with the Craigieburn Ski Field access road, avoiding 1.5km of tarmac on State Highway 73. The track begins at the Cave Stream Picnic area and ends on the Craigieburn Valley Ski Field Road. In part the trail uses an old 4WD track and has been constructed as a walking and biking track of intermediate grade. The track distance is approximately 1.5km.

See the maps below for details of the track route.

Sidle 73 Track Route - Open Cycle Map

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Official Opening of the Sidle 73 Track, 23rd February 2013

The Sidle 73 track was officially opened prior to the running of the Gravity Canterbury Enduro Race on the 23rd February 2013.

The Sidle 73 Track is officially declared open. L to R: Howard McConachie (President of Gravity Canterbury the first group to run a national bike race over the new trails), Kingsley Timpson (DOC Area Manager), Paul Weber (CHCA), Laurence Mote (Ground Effect the company that built the track).

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For more information on the track go to the Craigieburn Trails Website