The South Burnett Regional Council is offering two free cycling programs for women and children in late July and mid-August, thanks to a grant from the Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing and help from the South Burnett Mountain Bike Club (Photo: SBMTB)

July 16, 2018

The South Burnett Regional Council will begin running a free 10-week program on the South Burnett Rail Trail soon to encourage more women and girls to take up cycling.

The 10-week course will be run in weekly sessions by personal trainer Christian Sutton, with starting points in Kingaroy, Wondai and Murgon.

It’s part of the Council’s “Get Out, Get Active!” program, which aims to encourage residents to develop regular fitness habits.

The program aims to attract as many as 40 participants and will start on Saturday, July 28.

It’s open to all ages and fitness levels and participants should bring their own bikes.

If they don’t have one, they can borrow one of 15 new mountain bikes and helmets the Council has bought as part of the program.

Some of these bikes are equipped with baby seats to assist mothers.

Riders should meet up on July 28 at:

  • Wondai Visitor Information Centre (9:00am)
  • Murgon Men’s Shed in Macalister Street (11:30am) or
  • O’Neill Square in Kingaroy at 9:00am

“This is a fantastic opportunity for women to get active in a fun and social environment,” Sports portfolio chair Cr Roz Frohloff said.

“Although the program is aimed at women, friends and family are also welcome to join in.”

Apart from helping new riders build up their fitness levels, Peter Sorensen from PSM Probike will be offering talks about general bike maintenance and repairs during the course.

To join the program, contact Christian Sutton on 0408-768-105 or email him before July 25 to secure a spot.

The course is being funded through at $17,944 grant from the Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing.

After the program is over, the bikes will be available for hire to tourists and residents at various regional recreational facilities.

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The South Burnett Regional Council and the South Burnett Mountain Bike Club will be offering free Beginner Mountain Bike classes for children aged 6-11 and women next month.

The children’s class will run at Kingaroy State High School on Saturday, August 11, between 9:00am and noon, and is limited to 10 places.

The women’s class will run at the same venue between 12:30pm and 3:00pm on the same day, and this will be followed by a second session at the McEuen Forestry Trails in Wondai on Sunday, August 12, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

This class is limited to 20 participants.

A free morning tea will be provided to the children’s class, and free morning tea and lunch will be provided on both days of the women’s clinic.

Participants will need to bring water, sunscreen, a helmet and their own mountain bike.

More details? Phone Hannah on 0408-887-780 or Jason on 0455-896-749 or email them.

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