Kooralbyn Valley to host four hour enduro event this month

RACE: Mountain biker Jake Evans at a downhill race event at Kooralbyn last year. The MTB club said the sport has gained traction in the valley. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
RACE: Mountain biker Jake Evans at a downhill race event at Kooralbyn last year. The MTB club said the sport has gained traction in the valley. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

KOORALBYN Valley Mountain Bike Club is preparing to host a four-hour enduro event on February 23.

Club president Andrew Bonney said the track had suffered considerable damage during the recent storms but the venue will be in good condition in time for the event.

"The tracks and trails were demolished in the rain and there is a lot of work to be done," he said. "But we will be ready for race day."

Mr Bonney said the first event in the series was only four hours but later in the year Kooralbyn would be hosting six, 12 and 24 hour enduro races as well as a 6+6 option where riders complete the first and last six hours of the 24 hour event.

"Last year we had seven or eight events at Kooralbyn and this year we already have 15 events on the calendar," he said.

"The Wild West series event was scheduled for last weekend but it was postponed due to the rain and will now take place on March 28."

Mr Bonney said Kooralbyn would also host round six of Queensland's biggest downhill race in August as well as the Sunshine State Cross Country series later this year.

"From July 3 to 5 we will be having the Kooralbyn Valley Bike Festival with three days of multiple events including downhill, gravity and dual slalom racing as well as pump track, slope style and bike cross," he said. "We will have a freestyle, jumping and trial riding demonstrations, a film exhibition, street food, live bands and a DJ to play music on the tracks for the night ride under lights."

Mr Bonney said the club was also hosting two female-only events called Heels on 2 Wheels, with the first one taking place on March 1.

"We are trying to get more girls on bikes," he said.

Mr Bonney said the club was hoping to attract more local members through their Kooralbyn Valley MTN Bike Park page.

"We will run workshops for beginners in the April school holidays as part of Scenic Rim council's Be Healthy and Active program," he said. "One of the coaches will be female 24 hour mountain bike champion Michelle Woods. We can provide helmets and gloves for the workshop, which is open to all ages but you do require your own mountain bike."