Putting greens and fairways are not usually the things you associate with mountain biking.
Nevertheless when visiting this unlikely venue this is exactly what you are confronted with on arrival, a venue that has given birth to what is the first AIR DH event in Australia. While Air DH isn’t common in the Australian racing scene, there has been an increase in the number of tracks in Australia that are being designed and built off the “A-line” model- Mystic Mountain Bike Park’s Hero Trail is one such example. With the increasing popularity of the Air DH event in the Crankworx series, it was only a matter of time before the Australian racing scene followed suit.
Enter Boomerang Farm Bike Park.
Run by Outlook riders Alliance, Boomerang Farm or ‘Boomers’ as it is known by locals has been quietly building a reputations for serious gravity trails in South East Queensland. Located approximately 15 Minutes from the Pacific Motorway, the Venue resides in Mudgeeraba along Mudgeeraba creek with the tracks residing on the property behind the Golf course.
Currently with several freeride lines (including the Big Freeride line with a 50ft Double, a Flow line and several DH lines, Visitors can enjoy a day out with a wide selection of trails to suit the gravity oriented rider. On a more practical side, the venue also has plenty of parking for big events while a bar and café await riders keen for a feed and a beverage during or post ride.
The track itself has an abundance of technical features including Tabletops, Doubles, Berms, Hips, Shark fins, Timber berms and Timber drops, all to test riders, skills and commitment. In additions to this, to ensure participations is maximised, All features have B lines, meaning less experienced or confident riders can still tackle the track at their own pace and when ready build up to more advanced features.
With many riders unfamiliar with the track, ORA ran an unofficial practice day on Saturday with shuttles running riders to the top all day. For many riders, this was a first glimpse at a track that is far different to those on the racing calendar. Gone were the rock gardens and rooted sections of the other tracks and in were the shark fins, hip jumps, wall rides and ladder drops along with the various doubles and and tables tops along this feature riddled course.
On race day, 128 riders tackled the course across 12 categories with times tumbling throughout the day. With 21 riders in the Under 15 category and 22 riders in the under 17 categories, a huge contingent of young pinners saw some tight racing in both categories and proved there is a bright future for DH racing in Queensland and Australia. With a course designed for maximum airtime, finding those extra few seconds was going to be tough.