Riders hit the Victory Trails
THE third annual Hairy Mary trail ride attracted dozens of competitors to the Victory Trails recently.
The event was first held in 2014, it was a new concept and Australia's first mountainbike race organised exclusively for women.
The race format was the brainchild of Jan Leverton (Tri Adventure Noosa) and Jez and Lisa Petersen (Venture Cycles Noosaville) who then worked with local venue hosts (Cooloola Trail Care Alliance) to establish the event here in Gympie.
The success of the event and the demand it has created has inspired other women-only mountainbike events across Queensland and around Australia.
The race itself is a three-hour-long combination of party atmosphere and serious racing with music, colour, costumes and good vibes featuring prominently throughout the event centre and race circuit.
This is what really sets it apart from regular competitive mountainbike races.
The main focus is on fun and participation for all ages and skill levels, while the standard of the course and distances on offer are challenging enough to satisfy the more serious competitors.
It's a good blend that seems to work, particularly with an all-female field.
Gympie competitors punched well above their weight with Annie Alford taking out the Mother Mary, Clare Quinn and Angela Williams reigning in the Double Mary, while Ella Flack took the Young Mary.