Photo Courtesy of Red Hill Riders MTB Club

Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is set to come alive with hundreds of mountain bikers this October when the 2017 Red Hill Gravity Enduro Presented by Mercedes-Benz Mornington takes to the trails of the picturesque Arthurs Seat.

The two-day event sold out within weeks, with entry numbers increasing from 190 to 250 participants in just its second year.

Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club President Terence Toh credits the rise of the Gravity Enduro discipline internationally to the event’s popularity.

“The Red Hill Gravity Enduro is a truly unique event on the Australian calendar,” said Toh.

“The format is physically challenging for competitors who will climb to the summit of Arthurs Seat unassisted by shuttles, before racing downhill through various timed special stages of the course.”

“With Australia’s Sam Hill ranked number 1 in the elite men’s Enduro World Series, the gravity discipline at home is really starting to take off.”

Over 66 junior competitors in the U15, U17 and U19 age categories have registered, showcasing the growth of young talent in the sport in Australia. U17 Mountain Bike Australia Gravity Enduro National Series winner Jack Hewish will compete on the Peninsula but is tipped to be challenged by Mt Martha’s Louis Tancredi who won the U17 event last year.

An estimated 500 people are expected to travel to the region for the weekend.

The event’s rise comes as Australia prepares to host the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns which will see Hill and other elite Downhill pros compete for the world title on home soil in September.

The Red Hill Gravity Enduro Presented by Mercedes-Benz Mornington will be held on October 7-8 at Hillview Community Reserve, Boundary RD Dromana.