ON YOUR BIKE: Matt Hunter is ready to ride this weekend. Photo Craig Warhurst/ The Gympie Times
ON YOUR BIKE: Matt Hunter is ready to ride this weekend. Photo Craig Warhurst/ The Gympie Times Craig Warhurst

Mountain Bike series to end at Corella

GYMPIE will hold the third and final leg of the 2015 Wide Bay Mountain Bike Series tomorrow, at Corella Forest.

Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast hosted the first two stages earlier this year.

All three clubs involved are happy with the success of the series and hope to follow the inaugural event with many more.

The goal of the series was to get people on bikes in their local regions and boost the interest of bike riding in general.

The Gympie club got on board with the series because, Hunter said, a localised competition closer to each region was a better alternative to riders having to travel to Brisbane or south-east Queensland.

The Fraser Coast and Bundaberg legs attracted 180 competitors between them, so Gympie Mountain Bike Club president Matt Hunter is hoping for another promising number of riders.

Some competitors have been registered for months, but in the last week, around 15 more riders have registered and there is still time for even more as registrations do not close until 8.30am Sunday.

"If we can get 50 to 60 riders, we will be happy with that but there could be more," Hunter said.

"Hopefully, we will now see more racing at club level too."

The Corella State Forest race will be an 8km loop, consisting of a single track through unformed fire roads and used fire roads, with some technical elements as well and plenty of passing opportunities for fast riders.

The three hour Cross Country MTBA format means novice riders can join in and complete one lap.

More experienced riders can complete as many laps as they can within the three hour time frame.

"Each venue has provided a difference in terrain making the three rounds challenging and exciting," Hunter said.

"Our Corella Forest course is more like old school XC (cross country), with a good mix of trail types.

"The final race should prove to be fun and challenging."

Hunter is also keen to see more mountain biking events in the Gympie region.

The Gympie Mountain Bike Club is still a new club, so members are being asked to help out today with registrations and marshalling.

And, the Gympie Gold Fins Swimming Club will be manning a barbecue.

The club has the full permission of the Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services to use the forest for the event.

 To register, email admin@gympiemtb.club. or go to http://www.webscorer.com/gympiemtbclub or follow on Facebook/GympieBikes or Facebook/WideBayMTB.

Gympie Times


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