WHEELS IN MOTION: The men's master category was the last group to take off for the day at the state championships.
WHEELS IN MOTION: The men's master category was the last group to take off for the day at the state championships. Laura Blackmore

Pedal to the metal for cycling champs

RIDERS couldn't have asked for better weather as they pedalled their way across numerous South Burnett roads over the weekend.

On Sunday, September 8, Brisbane Cycling Club hosted its first event in Kingaroy as part of the State Championships for Cycling Queensland.

Dozens of participants travelled to the area to take part in the various categories at the event.

Based at Brisbane, race director Michelle Ryan said she was happy to be back among the bush.

"It's the first time in a while that Queensland Racing have hosted a race out here in Kingaroy.

"There's not much I don't love about getting out here.

"It's always good to get out of the city and enjoy the countryside.

"Most of the cyclists racing today are generally used to riding in regional areas. We are able to provide our competitors with huge, undisturbed distances versus being in a CBD where it is a lot harder to close the roads.”

After a few minor preparation hiccups in the morning, Ms Ryan said, the event had been a huge learning curve for the young club.

"It was a late start here today, which was a bit disappointing,” she said.

"Supposedly these things happen at many, many events. From this event we have been continuously learning about what makes a successful event.”