More trails to tear it up
MOUNTAIN BIKing: Luca Turton has been riding on the trails in the South Burnett for a year and she loves it.
She was introduced to the sport by her mum who was involved in downhill mountain biking.
And is passionate about mountain biking and getting more girls involved in the sport.
"There aren't any sports like mountain biking and it is good to get more people doing it because not a lot of people know about it,” she said.
Luca and her sister Soren have a Facebook page called Gravel Girls Australia and post videos and interviews of girls at the races they go to.
Soren, 6, has been riding for a year and enjoys learning from her older sister.
"I like hanging out with my sister and learning how to go over new jumps,” she said.
A number of fellow South Burnett Mountain Bike Club riders make YouTube videos to pass on their tips and to share their love of the sport.
First and foremost they are all a bunch of friends and hit the trails after school for about two hours or until it gets dark and with the freedom of the school holidays they are spending up to five hours in the saddle.
They will now have even more freedom in the bush after an agreement with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for the development of mountain bike trails in McEuen Forestry at Wondai was signed by both parties.
It has taken over 12 months for the club to reach an agreement and it hasn't been an easy process but they are looking forward to what they can now achieve.
Jacob Proven is excited to test his skills on the trails they will build.
"It opens up more opportunities and places for us to ride,” he said.
"We are now allowed to build a lot more trails and it will make it better for when we go to Brisbane to compete so we can make it more technical like the Brisbane and Toowoomba trails are.
"It is fun to build the trails with a groups of mates.”
Jacob Slatter also enjoys the process of building trails.
"When you build trails it feels like you are doing something for the community,” he said.
The club has plans to cater for a large number of riders and allow riders to improve their skills.
This will involve upgrading 15km of unofficial tracks to meet international mountain biking standards.
This will be greatly beneficial to the younger riders looking to ride in mountain bike series across the country such as forming a team to compete in the national school championships in 2018.
They will develop between and eight and nine kilometres of new single track to link all tracks in a stacked loop fashion.
A joey's (junior) trail will also be developed to develop juniors riders and encourage more kids to become involved.
John Proven, rider and dad of Jacob and Dylan, has completed a mountain bike coaching course to help develop riders.
"The club is making plans to do junior development and have had early discussions with the (Kingaroy) high school,” he said.
The focus of the club is to get as many people riding as they can and they encourage people who are thinking of getting involved to join one of their monthly club rides which cater for all skill levels and are a maximum distance of 20km.
The club has rides on the rail trail catering to riders with road and commuter bikes and the club owns bikes they can loan out.