Kungurri Hill Climb event will be run on tough terrain

MOTOR SPORT: The dozer has been banned so the Kungurri Hill Climb will be tough in 2015.

Course clerk and Sugar City Dirt Riders treasurer Glen Laycock said this year's course would be more difficult because it wouldn't be a "smooth ride."

"There's ruts and rock and all sorts of obstacles which you've got to overcome," he said.

"We inspected it this year and decided we are not going to doze it. It was a bit too easy last year and was a drag strip."

The two-day event is on this Saturday and Sunday.

As far as Laycock was aware, the Kungurri Hill Climb is the only hill climb event remaining in the country.

Riders compete in a time trial to the top of the hill, about 50km west of Mackay, on the Marian-Mt Ossa Rd.

"It's about a 700m climb up a 30-45 degree hill," Laycock said.

Last year's fastest rider completed the hill in about 15 seconds.

"The hill changes every year depending on the weather and on how it's dozed," Laycock said.

The unique event has run since about 1971.

In the past, riders have travelled from as far as Esperance, Western Australia.

"We get people from all over coming for it," Laycock said. "On average we get about 80 seniors and 30 juniors but a lot of people ride two or more bikes."

It is the first event for the new Sugar City Dirt Riders club but the seventh time Laycock has been involved.

"About three years ago, we changed it to a two-day event because we were getting so many juniors, which is great to see."

As a result, riders get more opportunities to compete in the "addictive event".

"You're definitely daunted the first time but it's a really fun event," Laycock said.

There are six senior categories across two and four stroke engines.

For juniors, seven categories are split into age groups and bike engine size.

Nominations are $50 plus a $10 membership if applicable. Additional bikes are $25.

Gate proceeds will be shared between Dows Creek Hall Committee (Building Fund) and Nanyima Aged Care in Mirani. Free camping is available.


Date: August 15-16

Price: Nominations are $50 plus $10 membership if applicable

700m climb up a 30-45 degree hill

For more information, phone Glen on 0408792944.