Kooralbyn hosts first event of the Scenic Rim Gravity Enduro series

KOORALBYN Mountain Bike Club hosted a five-hour downhill endurance race on Sunday as the first event in the Scenic Rim Gravity Enduro series.

The event attracted 100 riders of all ages competing for trophies, medals and prizes, with supporters gathering at the newly upgraded bike track to cheer competitiors on.

Andrew Bonney from On The Edge Events and president of the club, said the race, involved more competitors than seen before for a gravity vent in Kooralbyn.

"This is the most we've had for this type of race, so we are doing very well here," he said

"This is a timed event, with those who clock the fastest accumulated times winning in about 20 categories including male and female champions in Elite, Expert, Juniors and Masters.

"There are five stages and competitors have five hours to finish as many circuits as they like."

Mr Bonney said the track was world class and welcomed more than 20,000 riders a year.

Competitors included Beth Farley from the Sunshine Coast, who said she was taking on her first full race season this year.

"I competed in four races last season and won three of them, so I'm lucky enough to have a sponsor now," she said.

"I have raced at Kooralbyn before, it's a great track. One of the stages has been removed this time, which makes it easier because in an endurance event we have to get the bikes up ourselves."

Mr Bonney said more events were planned for the Scenic Rim Series and encouraged any local businesses to come on board as sponsors of the increasingly popular sport.

He said the Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Club was also currently recruiting new members and invited mountain bikers to connect with the club via their Facebook page.

The club also planned to recommence mountain biking workshops for children and beginners in this month.

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