October 1, 2019
Another cycling record has tumbled on the South Burnett Rail Trail.
Early on Saturday morning, Bundaberg mountain biker Mandy Cook set off from Kingaroy on an attempt to make the first women’s end-to-end return on the trail.
The Road Record Association of Australia said Mandy flew through the outbound leg, enjoying still air and mild temperatures.
She smashed the Kingaroy-Kilkivan record, set by Alison Zahra in May, by more than two hours, and took the Kingaroy-Murgon and Murgon-Kilkivan intermediate records.
After the turnaround at Kilkivan, conditions were difficult with headwinds and temperatures rising to just over 30 degrees, however Mandy kept up a strong pace.
She broke the Kilkivan-Murgon record by more than 46 minutes, and the Kilkivan-Kingaroy record, also previously held by Alison Zahra, by an incredible 2hr 32m 21s.
Mandy’s time for the 176km end-to-end ride was 9hr 59m 54s.
Most of the records broken by Mandy were set in May this year, and the longest standing record (from Kilkivan-Murgon) had only been held by Theresa Welch since March last year.