Welcome to CQ Off-Road Cycling
Call me biased but I reckon Central Queensland is just about the best part of the world, and frankly, it’s an off-road cyclist’s paradise.
The Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone and Bundaberg regions boast plenty of mountain bike parks, dirt roads, fire trails and long sandy beaches to explore on your favourite two-wheeled steed.
Is CQ ORC a new mountain biking club?
No, it isn’t a club but it does aim to work alongside local clubs and groups. It will also organise social rides on occasion but again in conjunction with local clubs (where they exist).
Launched in February 2018 and born of a passion for riding, CQ ORC is essentially an info hub with the goal of helping to promote off-road cycling in all its forms throughout Central Queensland.
Ideally, it will grow to become a helpful tool for all the riders, clubs, and trail groups in our beautiful part of the world.
What do you define as Central Queensland?
Traditionally, Central Queensland stretches from around Bundaberg in the south to Mackay in the north, but I’m happy for the boundaries to remain a bit blurred. So, if you’re in Hervey Bay or Proserpine and want to be part of CQ ORC , that’s fine – welcome aboard.
A big part of the CQ ORC concept is to encourage riders to visit each other’s trails and attend each other’s events, so ideally, you should be able to do that in a weekend.
Jump in your car at one end of the region and drive to the other end, with time for an afternoon ride. Another ride or race in the morning, a spot of lunch, then back home again.
Aims of CQ ORC
Local cycling clubs are the life-blood of every riding community. They are designed to advance their trails and membership, and that’s a great thing. This ensures that your local club remains viable and that we all have cool trails to ride on.
There are some areas however that fall outside the scope and purpose of local clubs, and this is where CQ ORC might be of benefit:
- enhance the presence of mountain biking in CQ;
- promote other off-road cycling disciplines e.g. rail trail rides, fat bikes, cyclocross;
- help new riders connect easily with local clubs and groups;
- via articles and tutorials, provide a first contact point for new riders;
- help promote new trail groups in small or remote regional centres;
- encourage local riders to attend events run by other CQ clubs;
- improve communication of local events to riders outside the region;
- provide an independent forum for riders to discuss local and global issues;
- network and cross-promote events with clubs and groups;
- provide a central info hub for clubs and social groups;
- share interesting info/reviews relevant to MTB riders in general;
- create an online following via articles, product reviews, and general discussion to keep national and overseas riders engaged with our region;
- encourage ongoing government & corporate investment in MTB facilities.
In a perfect world
I want to see Central Queensland become a real and reputable destination for off-road cycling enthusiasts from around Australia and overseas. Our climate provides the perfect winter destination for southern riders.
I want to see our local club members attending races in neighbouring cities that are just a few hours away – competing in friendly rivalry throughout Central Queensland, and making our clubs the best that they can be.
We have the population in Central Queensland to become something really special – around half a million people – and some of the very best riders in Australia. The only thing lacking is promotion on a regional scale.
In a perfect world, and with cooperation and cross-promotion between our local clubs, we could see mountain bikers from around the country spending a week or two driving from one town to the next exploring our trail networks, and that’s a win-win for everyone.
Who owns CQ Off-Road Cycling?
At this early stage, CQ ORC isn’t a business in its own right. It’s a division of Reef Studios which does many things. This in turn is owned by Body Sync Group Pty Ltd, of which the sole director is me, Andrew Thompson.
By way of open disclosure, I am also the web dude for my local club Rocky MTB plus I run the novice social rides for the club at First Turkey. Here’s my social if you want to connect:
The CQ ORC ‘office’ is located next to a stack of boxes and bike parts in the lunch room at Reef Studios, 250 Musgrave Street, Berserker Q 4701. The number is 07 4926 7778.
The CQ ORC site will take time to populate with content and I’m happy to meet with riders and clubs within the region who want to get involved, contribute information, or write articles.
See you out on the trails!
Andrew Thompson ~ editor, CQ Off-Road Cycling