Updated: Mar 31

Canberra is home to some amazing cycling options, and Stromlo Forest Park is one of the best spots out there.

We caught up with Rowan Beggs-French, from RideTechnics, to find out which are the best trails at Stromlo.

For those of those not familiar, the trail grading system at Stromlo is:

Green – easy

Blue – intermediate

Black – difficult

Double Black – extreme

Best Trail for Kids:

Little Rascals (green) – a mellow descent right near the main car park and café, Rascals weaves smoothly through the native forest with some nice gentle rollers.

Best Trail for Beginners:

Old Duffy (green) – with smooth tabletops and a big berm to make everyone feel like a hero, Old Duffy is a great trail to build confidence descending.

Best Trail for Cross Country:

Deep Creek (blue) – ‘out the back’ Deep Creek is a diverse hand-cut trail, with rocky tight turns, short pinches and fast traverses, making a great cross country trail.

Best Trail for a Technical Climb:

Black Snake Gully (double black) – challenging and diverse, Black Snake is a steep, loose climb full of natural features and stunning views ideal for advanced riders wanting a rewarding climb.

Best Flow Trail:

Sunset Boulevard (blue) – with one of the best views on Stromlo, and a fireroad running parallel to enable easy laps, Sunset is a gem of a track recently added to the trail network.

Best Downhill Trail:

Up The Anti (double black) – starting with chunky rock gardens with endless line choices in the forest, Up The Anti opens up into a fast loose off camber sprint towards the iconic container junction.

Rowan’s Personal Favourite:

Cardiac Arrest (double black) – purpose built for the 2009 XCO World Championship, Cardiac is another technical climb packed with features to keep you on your toes, testing skill and fitness on your way straight up the main face of the mountain.

The Handlebar café is serving takeaway coffee, food & beers so drop by and support them after your ride.

Author: #MattieGould


Photos: @rowanbeggsfrench