Elite mountain bike riders will be testing their skills on tracks in the McEuen Forestry next month
(Photo: Dylan Provan Visuals)

July 8, 2020

Mountain bike racing will be returning to the South Burnett next month with Wondai hosting Round 1 of the South-East Queensland Mountain Bike Series.

The races will be held on August 8-9 on the bike trails in the McEuen Forestry.

South Burnett MTB Club secretary Jason Wyeth said these would be the first mountain bike races held in the South Burnett for at least 20 years.

Short course racing will be held on the Saturday plus a “come-and-try” morning for new riders.

Racing will continue on Sunday with cross-country events.

The races will be run across three courses: Junior (2km loop), short course (3.7km loop) and Sunday’s cross country (XCO) course (6.9km loop).

Race lengths will vary across categories, with riders ranging in age from six to seniors.

Jason said there was even a category for e-bikes, which was something unusual.

He expects between 50 and 70 riders to register for the event, as it was the first in the series.

“We will get the elite riders out because the points accumulate and will go towards State-based championships,” Jason said.

He also hopes there will be an economic spin-off for the region with riders staying one, and possibly two, nights in local accommodation.

“We are hoping to get a lot of people from out of town,” he said.

“As it’s early in the series, we will probably see riders come up on the Friday to take a look at the courses.”

Jason said there would be food available across the two days and a coffee van on site.

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The seven-round SEQ series has been organised by John Russell, who also organises the popular Wild West series for mountain bikes.

Other races in the series are:

  • Round 2 – August 22 – Nerang
  • Round 3 – September 13 – Castle Hill
  • Rounds 4/5 – October 17-18 – Kooralbyn
  • Rounds 6/7 – October 31-November 1 – Karingal
Different categories will be raced across the weekend … for men and women, girls and boys (Photo: SBMTBC)

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