CHAMP ON THE TRACK: World champion enduro rider Jared Graves pedals hard to get in front of Cameron Wright, 14, during the first round of the Wild West Series on the weekend.
CHAMP ON THE TRACK: World champion enduro rider Jared Graves pedals hard to get in front of Cameron Wright, 14, during the first round of the Wild West Series on the weekend. Daimon Wright

Wild times at Adare

A TWO-WHEELED invasion of pedal-power broke records in the forestry of Adare.

More than 150 riders from across the state converged on the tracks of the Adare homestead on Sunday to compete in the first round of the Wild West Series.

"It was huge," Adare track owner and rider John Pinnell said.

"It was a record for the Wild West Series.

"I'm extremely happy with how it went.

"It's in the middle of summer and obviously we're not a close proximity venue to Brisbane and it's good to feel that our venue is still popular among riders who come out to the track."

Among the massive line-up of riders, a world champion also made an appearance.

"We had Jared Graves there too and he is now the world champion enduro champion for mountain biking," Pinnell said.

"He brought his YETI teammate Richie Rude from Connecticut to the race as well.

"So we had an international rider for the first time.

"Everyone enjoyed watching Graves roll around, he is a tight and very controlled rider when on the bike."

The first round of the Wild West Series hosted riders from the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Townsville and even Armidale in New South Wales.

"The concept has really taken off," Pinnell said.

"It was good for us as well because having 150 riders roll around the track - it's better than a working bee.

"It helped run the track in and smooth and widen it."


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