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Manly Dam - 1000 riders/week!

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according to this press release from Warringah Council the Dam is getting around 1000 riders/week!

Media Release - Upgrade for Manly Dam
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Release: Major Upgrade for Sydney’s Busiest Mountain Bike Track

A treat for Mountain Bike riders is in store with the completion of a major upgrade of the Manly Dam Mountain Bike Track.

“The Manly Dam track has been working hard, with well over 50,000 uses a year, so it was in need of some loving care” said Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan.

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Manly Dam trail work notification

Warringah Council have advised that Trailscapes will commence work this Thursday (30th October) to replace the dutch ladder on the climbing section of trail just before the trig track (final section of the golf single). The work will involve laying sandstone armouring/corrals, and improvements to drainage. Please take care when approaching this section as diversions may be in place, please follow all directions from workers during this period. the work is estimated to take 2 - 3 weeks to complete.

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Thanks to Cyclists helping in Manly Dam

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Just a quick note to say thanks to the cyclist that that helped me yesterday in Manly Dam. I went over the handle bars in the 19th hole area in and ended up with a dislocated shoulder and some nasty skin burns. I was riding alone so the 2 guys that were riding behind me (I didn't catch their names) helped me out to the street (one of the guys even improvised an arm sling). Not only that they called an ambulance and waited there till they showed up.
Two other MTB riders took care of my bike and possessions.

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Bikers ... a charming bunch

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This morning dawned overcast and perfect to screw our courage to the sticking point and give Manly Dam track a try. My girl friend and I have been cycling gently for about a year. Nothing too energetic, and more often than not, around Narrabeen Lagoon, but we've kept going. This was a quantum leap, and we hoped to survive.

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Roadies hitting the trails

Saw one of the more interesting sites on manly dam today. As I was heading up heart break a guy on a roadie was coming down. I wonder if someone was inspired by road bike party!!!

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Manly Dam upgrade work has commenced

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Work is currently underway adjacent to the Warringah Street/ Manning Street section of track a.k.a. Track section 1 (see below). The entire track remains open and will remain so unless otherwise advised. From time to time diversions around the works may be in place. These will be well signed. Riders are requested to follow advisory signs and the relevant directions.

• Track Section 1 Park Main Entry to Manning Street - the area of track east of Manning Street
• Track Section 3 Kirkwood Street to Wakehurst Parkway Gate - the Sniggle alongside the Wakehurst Parkway

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Manly Dam getting $110000 upgrade!

I can't see that this has been posted yet, but I just found this on Council website. $110000 to be spent on track work commencing May June!

That's good money! Well done to every person who helped make this happen!

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manly dam on 29er

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.
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i was recently in sydney and decided to hire a bike and ride manly dam, to my dissapointment the lbs told me they only had a 29er, this will be a waste of money i thought, but may as well give it a go...

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Manly Dam consultation sessions: Free BBQ and a chance to have your say!

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Here's a bit of welcome news: Warringah Council are running two consultation sessions on the future of Manly Dam. Even better, these are to be run at the Dam and accompanied by a free BBQ lunch.

If you haven't been to the Dam in a while perhaps this is the perfect excuse? Take a ride, grab some well earned post-ride lunch and let the council know what an important venue this is for riders.

Dates are in our calendar and are:

Sunday 12 January, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Saturday 1 February, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Details from council here:

This is all part of the consultation process which will end on Monday 10 February, so if you can't get there be sure to give your input in some other way on how the park (and of course mountain bike track) should be managed.

More details on the consultation here:

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Manly Dam - Consultation & Free BBQ #2

Saturday, 1 February, 2014 - 12:30

The meeting times are 'ready to ride'. If you need time to prepare equipment then please arrive a few minutes earlier.

Ride Database Entry: 
Manly Dam
Meeting Point: 

Picnic Area 1 - just inside the main gate

Show on Google maps: Meeting point. Login or register to get directions.

This is the second of two Warringah Council community consultation sessions AND FREE BBQ for 2 hours

If you are planning a few laps of the dam please drop by and talk with the rangers and register your interest and views on MTB access and trail development at the Dam. This will be the last opportunity to have our say before the new Plan of Management is finalized.


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