Mountain biking is a great alternative to road cycling and will bring your bike handling skills to a whole new level. And it’s seriously addictive.
Ipswich Cycling Club is the only MTBA (Mountainbike Australia) affiliated club in Ipswich. Previously MTBers from Ipswich needed to be affiliated with Brisbane MTB clubs, but we would encourage and welcome local riders to join Ipswich Cycling Club.
There are two options to joining MTBA. You may ‘value add’ your CA racing membership – when you join MTBA as a rider with a current CA racing license, you will get a discount and your license will cost $60 (extra to your racing license). Currently MTBA and CA are separate entities and you still must join each separately. If you choose to join as a MTBA member only, the same process applies but it will cost $115. Visit the MTBA Memberships page for more details and how to join.
MTBA also currently is trying to build its membership base by offering ‘try before you buy’ with a free 8 week membership.
The local racing scene is quite active and there are numerous races ranging from cross country, endurance, downhilling and marathon races – even 24 hour racing. qldmtb.com.au is the ‘hub’ for what’s on locally. The local ‘Wild West Series‘ is a fantastic series which only costs $15 per race – you will often race on venues not otherwise available to the general public.
Local riding is at the newly acquired council land at Castle Hill, corner of Thomas and Mary Streets, Blackstone. It is fairly technical but one of the few areas anywhere in SEQ which is ‘ungroomed’. Many riders frequent this land from Brisbane for a challenge. Click here for a great video on one of the tracks.
Other tracks are available at Gap Creek, Daisy Hill, Mount Joyce and Hiddenvale Resort.
See you on the trails!