Mountain Bike Festival a must for Townsville

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Castle Hill is set to be the destination of choice for a weeklong Mountain Bike Festival to be held in 2017 and 2018.

Samuel Shaw

The weeklong festivity is tipped to inject more than $700,000 into the local economy over the two years, after a successful bid by the Townsville North Queensland Bid Fund.

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Chief Executive Officer Shane Coppin complimented Townsville on the diversity of the region’s landscape and visitor experiences available.

“Having Castle Hill right in the centre of the city provides an event opportunity that could be something very special, and even iconic in the sport of mountain biking,” he said.

“This event is not just about the racing – this festival is based around a destination, and maximising the region’s natural beauty and landscape to provide mountain bikers and their families and supporters with a unique mountain biking experience and holiday.”

With events such as the Adventure-thon and many of Townsville’s running based festivals the city is fast gaining a name for itself, and has the opportunity to become one of the best mountain biking destinations in the country.

Mayor Jenny Hill said Townsville hosting the national event reinforces the city’s reputation as the events capital of North Queensland, after the Bid Fund effectively won the bid for the 2017 BMX State Championships earlier this week.

“It’s proof that the collaborative efforts of city leaders and the tourism and events industry through the Bid Fund is working, and I look forward to more events being announced in the future,” she said.

“Townsville City Council has also committed $50,000 to support Mountain Bike Track development in Townsville as part of this event initiative so this project is a win-win situation for visitors and locals alike.”

Townsville Enterprise Chair Kevin Gill said the event was likely to attract 300 competitors to the region, giving Townsville an excellent opportunity to be marketed across the country.

“To have the launch event staged on Castle Hill will see images of our destination showcased across social media and in magazines across the country,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to put the region on show for the hundreds of visitors in the region who will tell their family and friends about their experience and potentially attract additional visitation.”

The festival will be held in April/ May 2017 and 2018 and will include a wide range of events including a Downhill race on Castle Hill, the XCM National Championships and a staged race to cater for mountain bikers of all levels.

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