Downhill bike races return to Kooralbyn after two decades

MOUNTAIN biking enthusiasts were out in full force on Sunday for round three of the Pushys SEQDH downhill racing series.

The event was hosted by Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Biking and White Lightning Events with competitors lining up to take on the downhill track from the Kooralbyn lookout down to the Country Club Pavilion.

Veteran mountain bikers remember the glory days of the track when Australian cycling legend Cadel Evans trained and competed there as a teenager but the Kooralbyn track had not been used for downhill racing for 20 years.

After several warm-up rounds, the race proper kicked off at 1pm with cyclists completing the time trials and the fastest finishing the course in four minutes and 18 seconds

Winners in all categories included:

  • Jolanda Verweij, Elite Women
  • Ben Forbes, Elite Men
  • Bridie White, Under 19 Women
  • Caleb Rees, Uner 19 Men
  • Tarni Bennion, Under 17 Women
  • Lee Witzerman, Under 17 men
  • Sacha Mills, Under 15 Women
  • Kaydin Bath, Under 15 Men
  • Max Hughes, Under 13 Men
  • Bobby Blinco, Masters Men 30-40 years
  • Rory Whitelaw, Masters Men, 40-50 years
  • Armand de Vries, Masters Men, 50+
  • Jordan Zmegac, Expert Men

A total of 113 competitors took part in the race, enjoying the benefit of awesome Scenic Rim views at the top and the resort bar at the bottom of the track.

Women were well represented in the competition, with Pam Acevedo-White from White Lightning Events saying they had encouraged female cyclists to get involved.

"Women are a small group within the mountain biking community and an even smaller one in the downhill events but we have several brave girls taking on this round," she said.

"This is round three of a statewide series so we only have one more round before the state championships."

Ms Acevedo-White said she expected the female cyclists at Kooralbyn this weekend would stay the distance and make it to the Queensland titles.