Racers face rough Granite Belt terrain

Riders will put their cross country skills to the test as the motorcycle trials arrive in Stanthorpe.
Riders will put their cross country skills to the test as the motorcycle trials arrive in Stanthorpe. Contributed

MOTORCYCLE TRIALS: Riders will be testing their skills this weekend as the Australian Trials Championships return to the rough terrain of the Granite Belt.

Held on Saturday and Sunday at the Sweet family property, the Lucas Oil Logan Glass Australian Trials Championships will test the rider and machine against very difficult natural terrain.

Riders will be travelling from all over Australia to compete.

They will be judged by how well they negotiate around difficult obstacles, with the granite rock formations providing a testing course.

The competition is not just for riders, with plenty of room available for spectators as they watch the riders attempt the 3km track one rider at a time.

There are different categories for different skill levels, including the expert class scaling near rock walls from very short approaches.

Other classes include juniors, veterans, classic and the crowd-pleasers - the open sidecar category Australian championship classes.

The event also has team events where states go up against each other as they compete for bragging rights.

This year Queensland will boast two Queensland teams of four riders in different classes - the Presidential Team and the Next Generation Team, which has the younger age members.

The balance, timing and bravery of the riders is impressive.

Trials is unique in that it is based on the skills demonstrated by the riders in overcoming difficult and various types of obstacles without stopping or allowing their feet to touch the ground.

This will be south-east Queensland's chance to come and see Australia's best riders in action, with spectators able to get up close to the action.

With riders coming to Stanthorpe from all over the country it will definitely be a show to watch.

The competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, at 846 Nundubbermere Rd, Nundubbermere, with entry via gold coin donation.

Races will run non-stop from 10am-3pm both days.

Food and drink will be available for purchase

from the Lions Club Stanthorpe.

Topics:  granite belt, motorbike, motorbike trials, motor sports, motor trials, nundubbermere, stanthorpe

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