“After almost 30 years in the town Ms Scott said the sudden transformation of the town into a global MTB destination “came as quite a shock to a lot of us”. Of those 12 community groups Ms Scott belonged to in the early 2000s, only two remain. Similarly, Mr and Mrs Smith feel they’ve lost a 40-year social network overnight.
“We lost a few in a hurry, but we’re still losing people all the time. In such a small town, you were somebody. Now – just like that – we’re nobody. We’re just in the way. We’re speed bumps,” he said.”