The first Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Festival is set to go ahead this year after having to postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions last year. It is set to be a stellar event with a mix of disciplines to get the riders stoked and the spectators cheering, including the first round of the first Australian Slopestyle tour event. We had a look at the details…..
By Mike Branch
Kooralbyn has been growing slowly in infamy in the Queensland Mountain Bike scene for the last few years, thanks largely to the work of the On The Edge Events team, Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Park and Andrew Bonney. The growth of the trail network has been good and the development of the trails has led to more enduro events, downhill events and a plethora of XC events in the Park. The addition of All Mountain Solutions to assist with trail building has been a wise one and the new Slopestyle course is under construction.
That’s right…. Slopestyle. A discipline that has been largely vacant from the Australian mountain biking scene and one that is finally making a splash this year with a two event series, the Australian Slopestyle Tour. These events will be FMB World Tour eligible events with points awarded to the top 25 places and a step in the right direction for Aussie slopestyle. These events will follow on from the Highline Slopestyle Event that was an FMB bronze event, held in Victoria in March this year.
The event will be held on Sunday Afternoon with qualifying held before the finals, with the top 8 riders progressing to the finals. The finals will consist of two runs for each rider with the best run counting towards their score and will be judged on execution / style, air / amplitude, tricks / difficulty and overall impression. The top three riders will take home a tasty lump of cash with first place receiving $750, second $500 and third place taking home $250.
The Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Festival will definitely also have one of the most popular disciplines gracing the hills with an Enduro event being held on the Saturday afternoon. Practice will be Saturday morning with limited shuttles available and racing will start at midday and conclude at 4:30pm. Full event details here
Black Snake DH Race
The newly re-worked Black Snake Downhill track will be put to good use again and the triple crowns will grace the hill once more. The DH race will be held on Sunday and practice begins at 7am through to 10:30 am when racing starts. It will be more relaxed format with two timed runs with the best one counting for the riders. This means you can get a good run in then push the envelope on the second to really get the time down. Entry is not yet open but we will let you know when it is.
What Else is On?
The event will kick off with a dinner and raffles at the pub on the Friday night with Saturday bringing the first races for the weekend. A Bike Expo will be setup for the weekend with some trade tents and gazebos, a whip off is set to be ran under lights on the Saturday night followed by a mountain bike film show. There will be DJs playing every evening all weekend and a food truck setup will provide the grub that fuels the fire in the belly of the competitors.
It looks set to be a great event and it’s going to be great to see some slopestyle here in Queensland. There’s something for everyone and spectating is free of charge of course. Brakes Wide Open will be there to cover the event and we’ll see you between the tape….
Event Calendar (Subject to Change)
Dinner at Pavilion (Pub) 7:30pm and will include raffles
Bike Expo all weekend
Check in opens 7am
Slopestyle practice 8:30am – 3:30pm
Gravity Enduro Practice 8:00am – 11:00am
Shuttles 8:00am – 11:00am
Racing starts 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Presentations 5:00 pmEat Street Markets 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Live music Whip Off Comp – 6pm under lights
Mtn Bike Film Fest 8:00pm
Check in opens 7am
Black Snake DH Practice 7:00am – 10:00
Last shuttle 9:30am
Racing starts 10:30am
(2 race runs, best one counts)
Slopestyle Qualifying 10:30am – 1pm
Slopestyle Finals 2pm – 3pm
Presentations for both events is at 3:30pm
King & Queen of Kooralbyn crowned
3:30pm approx. (accumulated points between gravity and downhill events)
Festival Finish 4:00pm