Mountain bike race series to start Sunday
MOUNTAIN BIKES: Riders from all over central Queensland will battle the challenging Gladstone track tomorrow in round 1 of the five-race Cross Country Series.
Also known as the CQ Series, the event will feature six categories from seniors to juniors. Gladstone Mountain Bike Club president Joel Scherer said it would be an exciting day.
Recent rain will ensure the track is in perfect condition.
The categories are elite, masters (40 years and over), sport, ladies, novice and juniors.
Ladies and juniors will ride distances of 13km and 10km respectively on a 3.3km circuit. Other distances range from 25km to 33km over a 8.3km circuit.
"We're hoping for at least 50 riders and expecting to have some from as far as Mackay and Bundaberg,” Scherer said.
He said events such as this one could help the club to secure bigger races.
"The club is looking good and these events are always a big boost,” Scherer said.
"Memberships have risen and we currently have 90 club members.
"Events like these are always well received.”
Scherer said the club would host several races throughout the year.
"We'll host four races this year and that includes the 6-Hour Enduro later in August,” he said.
There are three Gladstone riders who have great chances of winning.
"Michael England, Seah Hall and Kyle Young are the main ones to look out for on Sunday,” Scherer said.
Series points will be awarded for all places and series winners will be decided from the best four placings across the five rounds.
Riders from Gladstone and Rockhampton who choose to miss a round will receive average points for that round. This can only happen once for riders.
Time: From 8-11am
Where: Gladstone Mountain Bike Reserve off Koowin Drive in Kirkwood