South Molle trip a boost for moun­tain bike rid­ers

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING

CY­CLING in the Whi­tusun­days is set to re­ceive a ma­jor boost next weekend as the Whit­sun­day Moun­tain Bike Club (WMBC) pre­pare to host rid­ers from across the state at their Dirty Molle Is­land Es­cape.

The event is on next Satur­day and Sun­day and will in­clude a ride on the daunt­ing 45km Run the Whit­sun­day Great Walk track as well as an overnight cam­pout at South Molle Is­land and a ride on their pic­turesque 14km trail.

Club pres­i­dent Chris Labes said next weekend’s event is a so­cial weekend which will serve as a prac­tice run ahead of a race meet they plan to hold on South Molle in 2014.

“First and fore­most this is an event for the lo­cals be­cause we re­ally want to get them in­ter­ested in moun­tain bik­ing and ex­cited about our up­com­ing events,” she said.

“We have in­vited stake­hold­ers from right across the coun­try to come to our so­cial weekend and check out our won­der­ful tracks for them­selves.

The weekend will also serve as a fo­cus group so we can ask our lo­cal rid­ers and visi­tors what they would like to see hap­pen in the sport of moun­tain bik­ing in the Whit­sun­days.”

Tick­ets for the event are lim­ited and any­one wish­ing to get in­volved should con­tact Chris Labes on 0406 830 999.

RID­ING IN PARADIES: Whit­sun­day Moun­tain Bike Club mem­bers Chris Labes and Steve Ward check out the trial ride on South Molle ahead of their Dirty Molle Is­land Es­cape on Oc­to­ber 26-27.

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