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Half marathon length mountain bike bash is back in Byfield

THE third annual running of the Byfield Bash, a half marathon length mountain bike endurance race, will be held in the pine plantation at Byfield State Forest on Sunday, July 14.

Racing will commence at 9am near the Stringybark Creek Bridge on Byfield Rd. Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club president Andrew Dunn said there were a number of racing categories classes available, to cater for a wide range of rider skill levels and fitness.

"The feature class is the elite field, who compete over a 53km course, including a 2km prologue near the start line and three laps of a 17km course," Mr Dunn said.

"Previous winners of the coveted King of the Pine Cones trophy include Tannum Sands cyclist Martin Trethowan in 2012 and local cycling identity Russell Tucker in 2011.

"He said the 2011 event was an auspicious occasion, as it was the same day that Cadel Evans - a previous mountain bike cycling world champion - became the first Australian to win the Tour de France road cycling race.

Mr Dunn said he belived this year Chris Carter (Gladstone), Joel Robinson (Rockhampton), Matt Jenkin (Gladstone) and Byfield local Dan Toon (who was second in 2012) were all likely to be in the running for podium finishes.

Mr Dunn said sport class riders would compete over two laps (34km) of the main course, which included a steep fire road climb up the dreaded Mountain Break.

"Novice and female categories are spared the worst of the hill climbs on a shorter and easier 15km circuit for 30km in total," he said.

"Although a short steep pinch climb has been thrown in to remind them that this is a mountain bike race.

"Junior boys and girls have a short 4km course, which twice loops past the start/finish area for three laps and 12km in total.

"Mr Dunn said new riders and spectators were welcome and encouraged to come along and enjoy the experience.

The Byfield Bash Half Marathon is included as Round 4 in the Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club's five round cross country series.

Further details and online entry links for the Byfield Bash can be found on the Rocky MTB Facebook page.Or visit the club's website at for more information.

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