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28 June, 2021

It is a MAD best-kept secret

APPARENTLY, one of the best kept secrets in Mackay albeit not an intentional one is the Mackay And District Mountain Bike Club (MADMTBC).

This is based out at the Scouts grounds of Rowallan Park.

Rowallan Park is a beautiful place to ride with very thick scrub and rainforest areas.

The trails accommodate the beginner up to advanced riders with features such as wooden jumps and drops, rock gardens, berms, step ups and much more.

Mountain biking is an amazing experience and you will lose yourself in the moment.

At times with intense concentration on the difficult sections or when you chose to go faster.

At other times you can just meander through on your bike and take in the beautiful scenery and ambience of the forest.

MADMTBC have a hire agreement with the Scouts at Rowallan Park and have been building and maintaining mountain bike trails there since 2009.

MADMTBC is an affiliated club previously with MTBA and now since the merger are with Auscycle.

They have just recently held the 2021 MAD Mountain Bike Classic; a T1 and C2 Category UCI Race which had riders from as far as New Zealand.

This was one of the biggest races this year on the Queensland calendar.

MADMTBC hold regular club races, social rides at Rowallan Park and other areas in the region, a range of women specific activities, open days and they have just rejuvenated our school-aged junior coaching program on Thursday afternoons.

They have approximately 320 club members with some members loving to race and even travel as far as Tasmania to compete in various disciplines of mountain biking.

It is fantastic travelling away with a group of like-minded friends to beautiful places around the country.

They have some amazing riders winning Australian championships.

Other members are not into racing and love to ride socially at Rowallan Park or at some other organised MAD Social Rides in the region, and as far away as Atherton.

Should you wish to join MADTMTBC and at ride Rowallan Park you will have to be a member of Auscycle.

There is a four week free trial period for those wanting to try mountain biking for the first time.

You can contact MADMTBC on facebook messenger.

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