Adventure sports booming in the Scenic Rim

UP AND RUNNING: On the Edge Events launched the Scenic Rim Trail running series and Kooralbyn MTB Endurance Series this year.
UP AND RUNNING: On the Edge Events launched the Scenic Rim Trail running series and Kooralbyn MTB Endurance Series this year.

On The Edge Events is on its way to making the Scenic Rim Queensland’s adventure sports capital.

Established in 2016, the local business conceives and organises off-road, multi-sport and endurance events in trail running, mountain biking and all things adventure.

Owner and race director Andrew Bonney said the Scenic Rim was the ideal location for such events and council had been supporting growth in the industry.

“The Scenic Rim has massive potential,” he said.

“We have the area, the space, the terrain and the scenery, and the Scenic Rim Regional Council have been embracing adventure sports and really getting behind them.

“They’re looking to create an adventure sports hub.

“You can’t beat the scenery and landscape.

“We have some fantastic tracks.

“They are challenging and quite technical but all very rideable.

“There is great views right through to Mount barney and Mount Maroon, native wildlife, indigenous trees, and natural bush.”

The Scenic Rim Trail running series and Kooralbyn MTB Endurance Series successfully kicked off in 2018, attracting visitors from all over the Queensland and New South Wales to the region.

On November 24, On the Edge Events is staging the Kooralbyn Valley MTB Dusk til Dawn over 12 hours through the night from 6pm-6am.

This event, which is the third in the 2018 Kooralbyn Valley MTB Endurance Series, follows a looped 11 kilometre course with the rider to complete the most laps during the period crowned the victor.

The company has also launched the Scenic Rim’s first ultra-marathon which will be raced over 100 kilometres in October next year, with the start and finish at Kooralbyn resort.

Mr Bonney is an experienced endurance athlete which he says enables him to deliver challenging events that will excite every participant from the weekend warrior to the professional.

He said mountain biking was the fastest growing adventure sport in Australia and the world because it was accessible to everyone and he was passionate about getting new people involved.

“Anyone can go out and buy a bike and have a crack,” he said.

“It’s great for the average person to start out.

“You don’t need to have a high level of fitness.

“There is plenty of races that cater for beginners.

“Our events are certainly suited to part-timers.”

Mr Bonney said he loved pushing his body way beyond what his mind could handle.

See ontheedgeevents.com.au for information about upcoming events.

COMING UP: On the Edge Events is holding a 12 hour endurance mountain bike race in November.

COMING UP: On the Edge Events is holding a 12 hour endurance mountain bike race in November.