Calling all downhill racers
  • Friday 03 June 2011

It will all be downhill for specialist downhill mountain bike racers as of Sunday – in the best possible way.

A new, International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA)-graded black diamond track – the Hennessey Hill Downhill Mountain Bike Track – is opening at Beerburrum this weekend, with action via a leg of the Sunshine Series Mountain Bike Race providing an action-packed debut for the track.

"This will be the first downhill mountain bike track on the Coast," Recreational Trail Reference Group chair, Cr Debbie Blumel said.

"The track is about 1.2 kilometres long, running parallel with Beerburrum-Woodford Road and incorporates jumps, drop-offs, rock gardens, steep banked berms, technical turns and obstacles."

Cr Blumel congratulated council-appointed designer Peter Wilson from Trailworx who undertook extensive work on the track to upgrade it from what was an informal bike track dating back to 2004.

"IMBA track ratings include five levels of difficulty: easiest, easy, more difficult, very difficult and extremely difficult – so the track called Hennessey Hill Downhill Mountain Bike Track is for experienced riders only," she said.

Divisional councillor Anna Grosskreutz is delighted the track is opening this weekend.

"D'Aguilar Range Cycling Club has conducted working bees to help with the development of the track, with fantastic results," she said.

"The track is named after the Hennesseys which, in 1878, was one of the first four non-indigenous families to settle in the Delaneys Creek area.

"Over the past 130 years, the Hennessey family has added richness to the history of this region as pioneers, leaders and locals."

The Hennessey downhill track is a 100% council-funded project, Cr Grosskreutz said.

Cr Blumel will officially cut the ribbon to open the track at 12.30pm on Sunday, 5 June.