Michael Jamieson from Stanthorpe competing in a mountain bike event last year at the Passchendaele State Forest.
Michael Jamieson from Stanthorpe competing in a mountain bike event last year at the Passchendaele State Forest. Supplied

Cyclists promised a challenge

BIKE enthusiasts from across south-east Queensland have been promised a challenging weekend of riding on the Granite Belt with two events being conducted in Passchendaele State Forest, north west of Stanthorpe, on July 3 and 4.

On the Saturday afternoon, there will be a mountain bike orienteering event in the Amiens section of the forest, starting at 1pm. This form of orienteering combines basic map reading and navigational skills with bike riding ability and the control points are set along the tracks rather than in the bush.

Organiser of the weekend's events, Eric Andrews from the Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club, said that Stanthorpe's pine forests were ideal for this form of orienteering as they had extensive track networks.

“Sunday's event will take the form of a six-hour and three-hour endurance race that would allow riders to explore the farms and forests of the district,” he said.

“Starting from the Passchendaele Forest Station, the event will cover forest paths, bitumen roads and gravel tracks across the northern part of the Granite Belt.”

Mr Andrews said only basic navigational skills were required and that riders would have to decide how many control points they can visit in the available time so it will involve good decision making as well as bike riding ability.

“For the less competitive, they can just enjoy cycling around this very scenic area. Riders can either compete alone or go as a group,” he said.

“We've already had a lot of interest from cyclists from Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, so we're hoping for a good number of participants at both events.”

Entries to both events are available online at www.mtbo.com.au with the closing date for entries being June 30.

For further information, please contact Eric Andrews on 46836374 or batmaps@halenet.com.au



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