Leader of the Queensland Mountain Bike Sunshine Series, David Whitney (Gold Coast) will be out to cement his domination this Sunday at the SE Queensland Championships. Over 150 riders from as far away as Bundaberg, Ipswich and Toowoomba will be out to battle each other and the terrain of the Mt Cotton course near Karingal Scout Camp. Overall eader of the Sunshine Series, Whitney will have to contend with Mark Frendo (Corinda) on his return to racing after missing three of the Series races due to university commitments. Another real threat to Whitney could come from double U/17 National champion, James Maltman(Stretton) who finished third overall in the Series.
World Junior Championship competitor, Erica Oldfield (Ipswich) will use the title race to fine-tune her preparation for the World Championships in Italy at the end of August. The Championships will mark her final race in Australia before heading off to America a week later for training camps and one Round of the NORBA Series. Oldfield will ride in the Elite Women division but will have to hold off Sunshine Series leader, Lee Schultz (The Gap). Other contenders include multi National champion, Sharon Heap (Gold Coast) and Brisbane's Imogen Smith. Australia's representative in the World Orienteering Championships, Anna Sheldon (The Gap), will use theevent as preparation.
Following the Championships on Sunday, Cross Country riders will then prepare for the 12 hour Teams Challenge at Kooralbyn on Saturday 6 August.