After a stellar 2019 Queensland Enduro Series put together by White Lightning Events, one would expect that they may let the dust settle and take a breath before announcing 2020’s fixtures. Seems like the good folk at White lightning are on the ball and have announced the 2020 season fixtures already with the possibility of slight change to some dates. We took a look at 2020’s line up and give you everything you need to know to strap on a race plate next year….
An important update for the Series has White Lightning Events changing the points structure so that riders can still poll well in the series if they cant make a round or two. The total overall score will be your best scores from 5 rounds, meaning that if life gets in the way of traveling to all the rounds, you can still snaffle the overall title.
Round 1: March 22, Garapine
It seems like the season will be kicking off in the usual way with a return to Garapine for round 1. We will expect loose and dry conditions early in the year and a trail network that has been a fixture on the Queensland Enduro season since it’s inception. Located on Mountain View Rd, Kybong; Garapine is a two hour drive from Brisbane and offers accommodation for the race weekends and ride days to get your lines sorted for the race. There’s nothing too technical at Garapine, just fun rocky goodness. For more details check out our ride location article here.
Round 2: April 19, Rockhampton
Rockhampton has smashed it’s way onto the Enduro scene in the last few years with fixtures on the Queensland Enduro Series and establishing itself as a solid riding destination. Located approximately 7 hours drive North of Brisbane, Rockhampton is home to an ever growing trail network full of rocks, loose dirt and a serve of gnar to keep things interesting. Full trail details can be found on the Rocky MTB website here.
Round 3: May 10, Mt Joyce
Mt Joyce will take the place of Kooralbyn for round 3 of the series after a time away from the race scene due to closures of the MTB park. It’s going to be an exciting round with no shortage of gnar, dusty trails and challenging features. Located at Wyralong Dam a short distance from Beaudesert and about an hour from Brisbane, Mt Joyce has been a staple of the SEQ Enduro series up until last year. Its going to be great to see it back on the race calendar and we look forward to putting some dirt under our wheels out at Joyce.
Round 4: Jun 21, Kandanga
Round 3 of the series heads over to Kandanga, more specifically the Trailblazing Bros compound, a private property approximately 2 hours North of Brisbane. Home to the 2019 State DH Championships and no stranger to DH races on the SEQDH calendar, Kandanga looks set to be a gravity fed round with no shortage of steeps. Ride days come up periodically with some shuttles available and private shuttling, head on over to their facebook page and give them a follow to stay up to date with ride days and race details.
Camping will be available onsite at Kandanga.
Round 5: July 12, Atherton
Situated in far North Queensland near Cairns, the Atherton tablelands was home to round 5 of the 2019 series and an EWS qualifier. The trail network is ever improving and the 2019 course was a long and testing course in humid weather. 2019 saw 38km of trail and over 1000m of climbing and descent, taking it’s toll on many a rider. 2020 sees a return to the Atherton Forest for round 5 of the series and it seems like a great excuse to jump on a plane and have trip away with the crew. Check out Flow MTB’s video below..
Round 6: August 9, Boomerang Farm
Where gravity meets the dirt you will find Boomerang Farm, the unofficial home to freeride in South East Queensland and an amazing Bike Park, ‘Boomers’ plays host to round 6 of the series. Guaranteed to be an awesome race with no shortage of jumps, drops, gaps and gravity fed goodness. Boomerang Farm looks set to be the round of the year that will be flat out fun, an awesome spectator event and super high levels of stoke. Check out our ride location article here…
Round 7: September 6, Toowoomba
Toowoomba again plays host to another round of the Queensland Enduro Series, a fixture since enduro began in Queensland and home to an ever-growing gravity trail network. Located 2 hours West of Brisbane and set atop the great dividing range, there’s no shortage of descent with long stages and some epic climbs on the menu whenever a race hits this epic location. 2019 saw the inclusion of some new trails and more new trails are in development at Jubilee Park. With no shortage of rocks, dust and gnar, Toowoomba looks set to be a great round to finish the series. Check out our ride location article here.
With another epic season on the cards for 2020, it looks like Enduro is alive and well in the sunshine state. White Lightning Events have slotted another awesome lineup of race locations again and it certainly looks like the series is in safe hands. Brakes Wide Open looks forward to catching up with you all between the tape for the 2020 Queensland Enduro Series….