Trails set to shine as cen­tre­piece of laid-back fes­ti­val

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Chloe Fraser Duns­bor­ough Cy­cle Club rid­ers are gear­ing up for the Down South MTB fes­ti­val this week­end.

Duns­bor­ough and Mar­garet River’s moun­tain bik­ing trails will be front and cen­tre at the week­end when the Down South MTB fes­ti­val kicks off with two days of com­pet­i­tive and recre­ational moun­tain bik­ing.

Moun­tain Bik­ers will test skill and stamina on June 2 and 3, tak­ing on mod­er­ate climbs, thrilling de­scents and other ob­sta­cles and haz­ards. Or­gan­ised by the Marga- ret River Off Road Cycling As­so­ci­a­tion, Cape Moun­tain Bik­ers and the Duns­bor­ough Cy­cle Club, the Down South MTB Fes­ti­val in­cludes a range of XCO rac­ing, dual slalom rac­ing and a club re­lay chal­lenge.

The event, which is split be­tween the two venues, aims to cel­e­brate moun­tain bik­ing in the South West and show­case the re­gion’s moun­tain bik­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Event or­gan­iser Richard Renn said the fes­ti­val had gained wide­spread ac­claim as one of the most laid-back and achiev­able moun­tain bike events on the WAMBA cal­en­dar.

He said while some rid­ers com­peted for cash prizes or WA Moun­tain Bik­ers As­so­ci­a­tion XC State Series ti­tles, most par­tic­i­pated for fun.

“Most ride in one of the fes­ti­val’s fun events to ex­pe­ri­ence the warmth and vi­brancy that only the Down South MTB Fes­ti­val can pro­vide,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit down­southmtbfes­ti­val.org.au.

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