Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Biking Brutes Shred; Local Riders Rip Up the Terrain at Mount Perry for a Rush

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Biking Brutes Shred; Local Riders Rip Up the Terrain at Mount Perry for a Rush

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Byline: Ben Blomfield

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Michael Cook has reinstated Mount Perry as a premium place for national thrashers to cut loose on beefed-up bikes.

Biking brute Cook, along with Mike Zande, have revived Mount Perry as the Mecca for mountain biking after successfully hosting the third six-hour Gold Rush earlier this year.

What was once the stomping ground for biking legends Cadel Evans, Chris Kovarik, Nathan Rennie and Jared Graves in the 1990s, Perry's appeal plummeted as the sport slowly died in Bundaberg in 2000.

But Cook, Zande and friends the Hilltop Hooligans groomed the landscape back into a biker's paradise in 2005 where a national stage was set for track-time madness.

Cook, 27, regularly travels through terrain at close to 90kmh - a speed addiction which saw him receive a helicopter escort to Bundaberg Hospital after braking three ribs and puncturing a lung in a training tragedy.

But the 16-year veteran admits it is the pain and endurance of the sport which keeps him coming back. …

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