GET ON YOUR BIKE!
One man’s plan to bring thrillseekers to Mt Perry
MT PERRY has an asset that could bring thousands of people to town each year.
Years ago a single event, the Queen’s Birthday mountain bike event, brought hundreds of riders to the small town to enjoy the trails that are known to rival the best in south-east Queensland.
Now one outdoor events co-ordinator wants to see the thrillseeking mountain bikers return.
MOUNTAIN biking is going gangbusters.
The executive officer for Queensland Outdoor Recreation Foundation, Murray Stewart, wants to see these thrill-seeking cyclists in Mt Perry.
“The sport has such a big following,” he said at an outdoor forum in Eidsvold earlier this month.
The Queen’s Birthday mountain biking event at Mt Perry used to bring hundreds of people from as far as Rockhampton and Brisbane.
But it has not been held since 2012.
“This is something that could be reignited and attract a lot of people,” he said.
Thanks to the hard work of the Cooloola Trail Care Alliance, council and private land around the Gympie region is now woven with trails, bringing tourists in their droves.
“When it comes to (mountain bike) trail making we have a saying ‘build it and they will come’,” Gympie’s CTCA secretary Andrew McLaughlin said.
He has ridden the Mt Perry tracks many times himself, and said they held even more potential than the Gympie ones because of their natural beauty.
Mountain biking is also the type of sport that is likely to attract a dedicated crew of young volunteers, he said.
“Mountain bikers are generally people who are online savvy, so we can coordinate everything by Facebook.
“That also means there is very little marketing required.”
He said mountain biking not only helped their tourism industry, but the blood, sweat and tears the local youth poured into the tracks helped them forge a connection with the town.
Mt Perry councillor John Bowen said reigniting the town’s mountain biking scene might hold potential.
“The kids are so excited about the skate park that’s going in and this could be something else to get some interest in the town,” he said.