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WATCH: Riders gear up for Round 1 of gravity enduro series

Anthony Oakeshott is set to lead the charge with the Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club's gravity enduro series races into action at First Turkey on Sunday.
Anthony Oakeshott is set to lead the charge with the Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club's gravity enduro series races into action at First Turkey on Sunday. Contributed arp33.com ROK080916a

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Riders will take on the clock when they saddle up for Round 1 of the Giant Rockhampton 2017 Gravity Enduro Series on Sunday.

Competitors will be keen to hit the trails at First Turkey given the event was to be staged late last month but had to be cancelled because of torrential rain.

Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club's Joel Robinson said organisers were hoping for more than 30 riders in the five classes.

They will race over four competitive downhill stages, with the rider with the fastest accumulative time declared the winner.

"We don't know numbers yet but 30-plus would be good, 40-plus would be fantastic,” Robinson said.

"Enduro is different to cross country in that you're racing the clock, not an opponent beside you. It's all about you until you get to the bottom of the trail.

"The other thing is that you don't know how you are performing until the end of the competition.”

Robinson expects 2016 series champion Anthony Oakeshott will be the one to beat again this year.

"He was number one last year and he's in good form again,” he said.

Riders will also get to compete on some of the trails that will be used when Rockhampton hosts the fourth round of the 2017 National Gravity Enduro Series on July 8 and 9.

Robinson said excitement was building towards the national event, which could attract anywhere between 200 and 300 riders from across the country.

"Sunday will be a good chance for those local riders who plan to compete in the national event to get some practice on what will form part of the national event circuit,” he said.

RACE IS ON

WHAT: Round 1 of the Giant Rockhampton 2017 Gravity Enduro Series

WHERE: First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve

WHEN: 9am Sunday

CLASSES: Elite men, sport men, open ladies, masters, juniors (aged 11 to 15)

REGISTER: Online only, registrations close 8pm Saturday



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