BIG TEST FOR RIDERS
MOTOR SPORT: Round one of the KTM Pony Express Series hits the track off Tablelands Road in Diglum about a half-hour drive from Calliope this weekend.
The two-days of endurance-based action is hosted by the Curtis Coast Trail Riders Club.
CCTRC secretary Justin Long said the track will challenge all riders, including a high profile one.
"We expect Gemma Wilson from Gympie to ride and she is the world number one female in the sport," Long said.
"Mellissa Bruce is confirmed as racing this weekend and she's raced all over the world at the hardest enduro races anywhere, including Romaniacs."
Bruce has overcome multiple serious injuries to her right knee, ankle and foot after a head on collision with a drunk driver while riding home from work on her 250 road bike.
"There will be quite a lot from the south-east corner of Queensland to compete and there will be somewhere between 100-150 bikes," Long said.
"There will be plenty of room for spectators."
Long explained that the format is based on a a relay race.
"Each team are in groups of two riders and once the race starts, the senior riders go continually for five hours and juniors for three hours," Long said.
"The race meet will be run in the pony express format which runs like a two-person relay team.
"To start the race each class is lined up in a "Le Mans" start, sitting on the bike with hands on their heads and when the signal to start is given they all start their bikes and take off as fast as possible.
"Rider A will complete their lap while rider B waits at the start line to get tagged in.
"Once rider A completes their lap they'll tag rider B to start theirs."
This allows rider time to refill their bike, and get some food and water as well as repair anything they may have damaged on their bike.
"This goes on for the entire time the race track is open, one rider from each team riding the track while their partner is getting ready for their turn," Long said.
Long described the track is windy and undulating and is one long circuit set at 13km for seniors and 8km for juniors.
When: Saturday from 10am seniors 16 years and above; Sunday from 10am juniors 16 years and below
Where: 4125 Tableland Rd, Diglum
Camping available from this Friday
13 different classes
Team that completes the most laps in five hours wins