Iain Duncan and Kevin Herselman at the Border Ranges Trail Ride.
Iain Duncan and Kevin Herselman at the Border Ranges Trail Ride.

Trail riders experience Killarney

MORE than 1200 trail riders came from as far as Cairns on the weekend to be a part of the action where they challenged themselves across the scenic Border Ranges.

After 11 years the Killarney and Border Districts Trail Ride keeps growing as more trail bike fans add it to their calendar to come and experience Killarney’s exclusive track.

The 1200 open riders battled 40km on Saturday through the tough terrain along Barlow Gates Road and a further 80km on Sunday down to the New South Wales border to Oakey Hill and back to Killarney, with one rider finishing Sunday’s ride in three-and-a-half hours.

There was a further 160 novice and peewee riders who also took part for the great cause for Killarney State School.

Committee member Dave Thompson said the event was excellent, with limited injuries considering the challenging track the riders faced.

“We had riders come from as far as Cairns and a group of 40 from Gympie; people came from everywhere to be a part of it,” Mr Thompson said.

It was too early yesterday for the final money count, but Mr Thompson and the committee were still hopeful the dollars they earned would add up to $40,000.

“The ride committee send their appreciation to all the land-holders and volunteers that helped,” he said.

He said the event has been such a success due to the access to the Border Ranges and the limited access to these areas across the state.

“It is a challenging track with some good hills, ups and downs and everyone who was involved thoroughly enjoyed the event.”



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