Now is the time to get those mountain bikes out of summer storage, pump up the tires and oil the chain.
The Stack City Mountain Bike Club have announced their 2018 season is open and there are plenty of reasons to ramp up your training.
The peak event for the local club is the renowned Fountain Springs MTB Classic set halfway between Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
The club has announced May 26 as the date for this year’s Classic.
The classic is the premiere event of the year for the club and consists of a gruelling but scenic 65 kilometre trail for more experienced and serious competitors and a more gentle 20 kilometre trail for those new to the sport and social riders.
Junior competitors from as young as five years are also encouraged to bring their bikes out and have a go on the two kilometre course around Rosebud Dam.
Club spokesman Adrian Cameron said the course made its way from Rosebud Dam through some challenging but startlingly beautiful ranges and gorges through to the Wee MacGregor tunnel and on to the halfway checkpoint at Fountain Springs.
Mr Cameron said the short course started at Fountain Springs.
In the lead up to the Fountain Springs MTB Classic the club will be holding two shorter distance events on the club trail.
Just off the Lake Moondarra Road, the club trail is approximately seven kilometers in length and is open to all riders to have a go whenever they feel inclined.
The “Come and Try” course starts on the left hand side of the Lake Road two kilometers from the Moondarra Caravan Park.
Tthe start of the course is designated by a large white information sign, the trail is well marked by white marker posts with directional arrows.
For more information go the club Facebook page, Stack City MTB.