RACE IS ON: Riders set off in round three of Mountain Biking Bundaberg’s XCO series on Sunday, where Gladstone’s Michael England (inset) went to to win the expert men’s division.
RACE IS ON: Riders set off in round three of Mountain Biking Bundaberg’s XCO series on Sunday, where Gladstone’s Michael England (inset) went to to win the expert men’s division. Contributed

Riders tackle mountain bike track

PROMISEDLAND Trails at Cordalba provided the perfect backdrop as 39 riders tackled the track during round three of the XCO series.

Mountain Biking Bundaberg club president and Sunday's race director Andrew Bale said Saturday's rain helped settle the dust and made for ideal conditions.

"The rain cleared up any dust and the track was really good," he said.

Gladstone's Michael England won the Expert Men's division, completing four and a half laps of the Cordalba circuit in a time of 1hour, 36 minutes and 50 seconds.

"Michael is winning every race at the moment," Bale said.

"The Expert Men's race in just under 30km."

The women's three lap race was won by Brisbane's Belinda Caruso, who finished with a time of 1hr 1 min 51 sec.

The next round of the series will be held on July 27. Race four of the five round series is open to men and women of all ages.

"We're getting the same riders most races," Bale said.

"They're coming from places from Brisbane through to Gladstone.

"And obviously plenty of Bundaberg riders and quite a few from Gympie."

Bale said the sport was suitable for junior and senior competitor with riders aged from 10 - 60 taking part in Sunday's race.

"In the juniors Bundaberg brothers Austin, 13 and Duncan, 11 Allen finished first and second - they're always battling it out," Bale said.

For more information or to get involved in the sport, search for the Mountain Biking Bundaberg Facebook site.