Kingaroy roads to decide state championships
SEEING riders cross the line to be crowned Queensland champion with the Kingaroy peanut silos in the background is set to be highlight for Brisbane Cycling Club's Nathan White when the Queensland ITT and Road Race Championships roll into town.
"I am looking forward to seeing the finish line and someone getting a quality result in front of the peanut silos and seeing Kingaroy get motivated to see high quality racing," he said.
"We want to take elite racing back to the country and the notion that is not because we have to but we want to take it back to the roads."
Each year the championships are contested on different roads with riders from across the state including Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
White expects it to be an exciting challenge for the riders with many to be riding on the roads for the first time.
Across Saturday and Sunday 200 riders from across the state from Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs will take to South Burnett roads, from elite to masters, for their chance to be crowned state champion.
It will be a test of endurance and speed when riders tackle the time trial course in Kumbia on Saturday.
"A lot of time trials can be boring out and back course but in in Kumbia the road is good and undulating so it won't suit a normal time trialists and it is challenging," White said.
Cross winds are expected to play a role in who is victorious in Sunday's road race with the course chosen to suit a tenacious rider rather than a pure climber or sprint specialist.
"Everyone is very excited about the course. The road surface is pretty good compared to other roads where it can be ordinary and because the roads are narrow and then wide you might lose position and it will be hard to get back to the front," White said.
"You only get a chance to win the state title once a year and a lot of bragging right and a few guys that will be keen to add it to their list of achievements."
Riders will take on a 30km circuit including Redmans Rd and Kingaroy Barkers Creek Rd including racing up Schellbachs Rd with the pinch and dirt road to make it interesting for riders.
The time trial will start from noon on Saturday before the first road race at 8am on Sunday.
South Burnett kids will have the chance to find out what the event is all about with a fun 3km ride from 7.30am on Sunday.
The last riders are expected to cross the line at 5pm on Sunday.