Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club president Dan Witten in action.
Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club president Dan Witten in action. Allan Reinikka ROK310716amtbendu

Mountain bikers to ride into night at three-hour

MOUNTAIN BIKING: As many as 70 riders are expected for the Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club's three-hour day/night cross country event tomorrow.

Racing will start at 5pm at Seeonee Park, with all funds raised going towards further trail development at the First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve.

Club president Dan Witten said the novelty of riding at night was one of the main drawcards of the event.

"Generally these races attract 40 to 70 competitors,” he said.

"Riding at night is a real novelty for new riders.

"A lot of the more competitive riders will use it as a training exercise but the primary objective of the three-hour is to have some fun and warm the legs up for the coming season.

"We are running a teams format as well which adds to the appeal, meaning riders can share the load.”

Witten said the popularity of mountain biking continued to grow, with club membership increasing by close to 10% in the past month.

The staging of the fourth round of the 2017 National Gravity Enduro Series at First Turkey this year was also helping to generate interest in the sport.

Witten said planning was going well for the national event, which will bring some of the country's best mountain bikers to the city in July.

"It's looking good. We've met with the promoters and they've had a look at the trails on offer and they are pretty happy,” he said.

"However, we're keen to incorporate into the circuit some of the new trails that are set to be built.

"Construction should get under way in early April and we have prioritised those trails that would be most useful in the race to be completed by June.”

Witten said nominations for tomorrow's race had to be done via the club's Facebook page.



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