Kooralbyn gets into gear for Mountain Bike Festival

AFTER being postponed in July, the Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Festival went ahead this weekend with 250 entrants including 130 cyclists who took part in the gravity downhill events.

The two-day event had been put on hold because of COVID restrictions in July, with the scheduled Australian Slopestyle tour cancelled.

Organiser Andrew Bonney from On the Edge Events said they put the brakes on the Australian Slopestyle event because of border restrictions.

'Most of the competitors for slopestyle were coming from NSW or Victoria," he said.

The festival also featured street food, live entertainment and a trade show.

Visitors and riders were able to browse the stalls at the trade show, grab a coffee from food trucks or have lunch at the Pavilion Country Club where local band The Foxtails were performing.

The evening provided entertainment including live music and outdoor movies.

Two sunny days in a row meant weather conditions were warmer than they would have been in July and Mr Bonney said the event went well, with no major injuries and only positive feedback from those who took part.

"It was a fantastic weekend," he said. "As well as the 250 riders we had more than 500 people visit the bike park over the two days and we are definitely looking forward to next year, when the festival will be bigger and better with more events added."

The best time winner was Ehren Keidel in the elite 19yrs+ category followed by Isaiah Kelso in the U17s. Bergen O'Neil took the gong in the U19s, Bailey Mills in U15s, Adam Aitken for the Masters 30-39 and Chris Bond in the Masters 40-49.

Mr Bonney said the next event for the Kooralbyn Valley Mountain Bike Club would be taking part in the Scenic Rim Ultra Marathon.

"That will have events over 105 kilometres and 65 kilometres starting from 6am at the Overflow Estate near Wyaralong," he said. "Then in the afternoon there will be a 65 kilometre ride from the Queensland Moto Park near Boonah back to the Overflow Estate."

Mr Bonney said the next event at Kooralbyn would be round three of the Gravity Enduro series on October 3.