Gravity racing comes to Australia's iconic mountain

Australia's Mount Panorama motor racing circuit will host bikes for the first time next year as part of the Newton's Playground gravity racing and music festival, March 7-9 2008. The festival at the legendary Mt Panorama venue in Bathurst, New South Wales, will include mountain bike dual slalom, jumping, and a trials demo, plus an invitation-only road downhill event, along the lines of the Red Bull Road Rage, according to Craig Flynn, president of the Central Tablelands Mountain Bike Club which is organising the cycling events.

Riders testing the road course on regular cross-country mountain bikes had already exceeded 100km/h, according to Flynn. "Invited riders will be able to use any bikes they like," he said, which should see speeds break well into three figures on Mount Panorama's notoriously treacherous descent.

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