With the launch of the George Town Mountain Bike Trails in October, it was hoped that the trails would bring increased visitation to the region, and result in local business growth. So far, this has been the case, with George Town local Jason Hills starting his new business ‘Send it MTB Shuttles’ to help make the Mount George Trails accessible to both locals and tourists alike.
“I’m a keen mountain biker myself” said Mr Hills, who has set up a mini-bus and custom-built trailer to transport up to 13 passengers at a time (and their mountain bikes) up to the top of Mount George from the trail heads, as well as to and from the centre of George Town, where a pick-up/drop-off zone will be designated outside the old RSL building.
“Everything I’ve got is sourced locally.” Said Mr Hills, whose passion for the local area makes him an ideal tourism operator and ambassador for the region.
“The van was bought locally, the trailer was built locally, the sign-writing was done locally, and we just want George town to kick off now.”
A car park is established at the trail heads at Mount George, with extremely limited parking available at the top of the mountain, making the shuttle bus an obvious choice to get yourself and your bike up the mountain, to ride it back down again. You can spend a day trying the different trails, and rely on the convenience of the shuttle bus to get back to the start, rather than having to ride/walk up the steep track to the starting point at the top of Mount George.
The tracks themselves are being labelled as a drawcard, offering stunning views of George Town and the Tamar Valley.
“The trails are wicked, the day that they opened they were pretty wet to what they are now.”
When asked if he has a favourite trail, Jason says they’re all good.
“A lot of people are saying Desperado and Buzz Cut, but obviously there’s another four that aren’t open yet”
Send it Shuttles will operate Wednesdays through to Sundays, but takes bookings 7 days a week, and will also offer twilight runs to ensure their opening hours cater to all needs.
“On Saturdays and Sundays I’m not going to have a cut-off time, so if people are here I’ll just keep going.”
To find out more, visit senditmtbshuttles.com.au