Look out below, it's wheelie wild
THE bike tracks at Garapine Recreational Facility will be busy this Sunday, as it plays host to the first round of the Gravity Enduro Racing series in south-east Queensland.
Garapine, with its testing downhill mountain biking facilities and enduring cross-country tracks, makes a top destination for a Gravity Enduro event which requires a combination of flat tracks and steep descents.
Organiser for the Management Solutions-presented event, Andrew Wilson, said gravity enduro, a hybrid of downhill mountain biking and cross-country riding, may still be a developing sport but it's a sport that, like its competitors, is taking off fast.
"We have a good mix of downhill and cross-country competitors," Wilson said.
"The downhill racers are more technically skilled and will take that big jump.
"But then the cross-country riders go better at the hard peddling parts, so it balances out."
He said gravity enduro entices the fittest and most technically skilled riders along with beginners and social riders and, rather than strict competition, takes on the key motto of fun, fitness and friends.
Wilson said while a national event was on the cards, for now gravity enduro was centred on the joy of the sport.
He said the best prize for race winners was bragging rights amongst mates but key prizes were up for grabs, including two Transition Bicycle Company bike frames valued at around $2000 each, courtesy of Super Sports.
The prizes will help raise funds for World Bicycle Relief. The charity supports people in third world countries, by providing custom-made bicycles to empower individuals.
"Every $130 buys one bike," Wilson said. Entries for the ride close midnight tomorrow.
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