2018 Queensland XCO MTB State Championships

President’s Welcome

Ipswich Cycling Club warmly welcomes you to the 2018 State XCO Championships, Castle Hill, Blackstone, Ipswich.

This year’s event will be held over the weekend of November 3-4, to coincide with other state championships.

“Castle Hill” is named after a real castle ‘Brynhyfryd “ (which is Welsh for ‘pleasant hill’) built in 1891, a mansion for coal mining magnate Lewis Thomas.

Remnants of the castle are still visible, but the hill is best now known for it’s raw, natural MTB trails. Castle Hill has a bit of everything including steep climbs, technical and fast descents, and natural rock gardens.

The 2018 course will offer plenty for the climber, but also rewards those with good technical skills. You can view the type of terrain on our promotional video. There will be plenty of time set aside for course practice and the course profile can be found here. Elite riders will perform a start loop as well as the race loop proper.

I’m sure all would agree that the last few state championships have been very well run events, and we welcome riders from further north to venture down to compete. Ipswich is eight hours from Rocky, 12 hours from Mackay and less than a two-hour flight from most other further afield Queensland locations. Ipswich is a one-hour drive from Brisbane airport.

There is plenty of accommodation available in Ipswich and some of these are listed below.

Event entries will be open soon via the MTBA entry portal.

Good luck to all riders and looking forward to seeing you in Ipswich.

Geoffrey Stieler

Ipswich Cycling Club

Qld State Mountainbike Championships
Event Schedule
Saturday November 3
10:00am – Official Practice
1:00pm – U15/U17 Male
2:30pm – Masters 3-8 Male
4:00pm – Sport Men/Sport Women

Sunday 4 November
7:30am – U11/U13 Funcycle
8:00am – U15/U17/U19/Masters/Elite Female
9:30am – U19/Masters 1-2/Elite Male

Race Directors:

Geoffrey Stieler, Club President Ipswich Cycling Club

John Russell, SEQ MTB Series Organiser

The Course

Start-up Loop

Race Loop

First Aid

There will be a first aid tent available during the weekend attended by a doctor and other qualified first aid personnel. Ipswich Hospital (public) and St Andrew’s Hospital (private) are withing a 10 minute drive.


There are many local restaurants and shopping centres to acquire food, but food will be available at the venue catered for by volunteers from Rotary. Proceeds from food sales will be donated to Ipswich Hospital Foundation.


Ipswich Country Motel

Best Western Ipswich

Quest Apartments Ipswich

Central Motel Ipswich



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