Topics:  granite belt, mototrials, stanthorpe

Mototrials to hit Granite Belt

This weekend's moto trials in Gladstone will show off some top competitors.
This weekend's moto trials in Gladstone will show off some top competitors. Contributed

IT'S not all about speed and tearing up the tarmac.

Granite Belt residents will be able to find that out firsthand when the Logan River Mototrials Club two-day event hits a Nundubbermere Rd property on the May long weekend.

The May 6 and 7 event is all about finesse and love for the lightweight bikes.

Logan River Mototrials Club official Andrew Stacey said the mototrials events involved rules not often seen in motorcycle events.

"It's a sport where you endeavour to ride over logs and rocks and endeavour not to put your feet down," Mr Stacey said.

"If you put your feet down you lose points.

"The bikes don't have seats; they are designed to go very slow."

Competitors are used to riding terrain around the Gold Coast hinterland and south-east Queensland.

Mr Stacey said the granite country would be a welcome change.

He said the competition used to be held on the Granite Belt but had been cancelled several years ago.

"It's a different area. A lot of the properties they ride - Gold Coast, Ipswich, Esk - they get used to. They need new properties and new ideas," he said.

"They used to use Stanthorpe so I thought it would be a good way of getting more people out there."

It won't all be hard for the riders, aged seven to 82, with organisers looking to arrange buses and wine tours.

"Because they ride the Sunday and half the Monday we were going to organise a couple of buses and they can go off and do winery tours and explore the region," Mr Stacey said.



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