Awesome trail lures hundreds

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 15:53 24/01/2014
Kath Kelly
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Mountainbiker Kath Kelly is getting ready for this year's Moonshine Trail in Gore.

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Accomplished mountainbiker Kath Kelly is back for the eighth edition of the Moonshine Trail in Gore on February 15.

Kelly, of Roxburgh, has competed in the Moonshine Trail six times for five wins. She is in the female veteran class (age 40-49) after winning the female open (20-39) last year.

"It's great . . . the atmosphere is awesome," Kelly said of the event, which begins and finishes at Dolamore Park. Most of the courses are on private land.

As well as mountainbikers, the Moonshine Trail welcomes runners and walkers. The mountainbike races are over 30 kilometres, 39km and 42km, while the distances for runners are 15km and 5k and walkers 5km.

The strength-sapping Ship's Cone is a feature of the 42km bike ride. It is a steep 2km rise near the finish involving rough farm tracks. However, at the peak, the view is spectacular.

"The Ship's Cone is a killer," Kelly said.

Last year 254 mountainbikers and 162 runners and walkers competed.

 

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