June 09-11, 2023
What better destination to head for when Winter hits than the Sunshine Coast in Queensland?
Pack your bags and bikes and head north to ride in “The Sunny 80”, a mini stage race promising 80km of weekend riding on a bunch of fun trails set to the backdrop of iconic golden beaches and weather that really is beautiful one day, perfect the next. Don’t forget to bring a hat and sunscreen!
The event will begin with a fun Prelude Stage right on the coast at the renowned Sugarbag Trail Complex on the coast at Caloundra. Tune up your bike and get the jetlag out of your legs as you start with an approximate 10km blast around a collection of single track that has been referred to as “super sweet”. This area features a mix of machine and handmade trails, with more than 50 wooden features and a heap of flowing berms and technical sections. Ride to your ability and have a fun start to the weekend before you enjoy a beer at the welcome function at Moffat Beach Brewing Co.
Wake up early on Saturday morning, grab a coffee by the beach, then head north to Hidden Valley at Nambour, our host venue for Stage. Located just 25 minutes to the north, Hidden Valley neighbours the incredible trail network of Parklands, which features over 35km of single track, passionately maintained by the awesome crew at Bushrangers MTB Club. The stage design features the best of Parklands’ single trail, broken up by sections of fire road to give riders a break and the chance to overtake. Whilst the planned stage is expected to be just under 30km in length don’t be fooled, this course will be plenty tough with nearly 1000m of climbing. This location is also earmarked to host Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Games’ Mountain Bike events, so the opportunity to have a stage here is truly unique.
After a fun night out and about on the Sunshine Coast riders will need to dust themselves off and make the 20 minute drive east to Ewen Maddock Dam. Here the beautiful surrounds of the Dam and Dularcha National Park to the east will be the canvas for Stage 2, a course that will begin with some serious climbing to break up the field of riders, before hitting flowing trails and the renowned single track network of Ferny Forest. Coming in at around 40km with only 830m of elevation, this stage should be a little easier than Parklands but still test the legs, especially with the climbing to begin. Once done, an array of food and drink options will be at the Finish Line to enjoy and celebrate a ripping weekend riding the best of the trails on the Sunshine Coast.