The Gravity Enduro Racing Series at Garapine included a field of six female racers.
The Gravity Enduro Racing Series at Garapine included a field of six female racers. Contributed

Good field of women

ORGANISERS of the south-east Queensland Gravity Enduro Racing series hope to return the sport to Garapine Recreational Facility as soon as an event can be arranged.

Sunday's racing competition, which combines downhill mountain biking with cross-country biking endurance saw 72 competitors race for bragging rights and to support charity, World Bicycle Relief.

Organiser Andrew Wilson said despite a couple of injuries and mechanical issues for riders, the event was a success both on the tracks and on the fundraising front.

Topping the event was A-grade rider and former World Cup racer Michael Ronning while Stefan Majewski took out B-grade.

Joining the ranks was an impressive total of six women who lined up to compete, led by winner Sarah Holmes who clocked a time fast enough to place her in the top 15 of B-grade men.

"It doesn't sound like many, but to have six women compete was fantastic," Wilson said.

"There were enough female riders that we could run a specific women's category."

He said the Garapine facilities made a positive impression on riders and event organisers, which meant plans for another event, or multiple events, at Garapine may be in the works soon.

Gympie Times


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