Heart pumping action on Mt Gladstone

SPEED trikes, gravity bikes and street lugers are set to take over Mount Gladstone with heart pumping action for the annual Cherry Bomb Gravity Festival next weekend (February 15 and 16).

Following on from the success of last year's festival, the event is set to be bigger, better and more thrilling than before.

"That was a beauty," event organiser Tim Gregory said of the event in 2013.

"It was an unmitigated success.

"Everyone [competitors and spectators] walked away from the hill saying it was great.

"There were no injuries, and we only had three people even fall off."

With double the entries than last year, and new disciplines added to the race schedule, the weekend will be full of entertainment for the whole family, Mr Gregory said.

"Cherry Bomb is all about firsts. This year is the first time anywhere in the world anyone has raced trikes as downhill vehicles on rubber wheels," he said.

There will also be classic luge (on wooden boards), street luge, gravity bikes and free-ride skateboard demonstrations.

Competitors will wind their way down the 1.2 kilometre track at Mount Gladstone getting up to speeds of 80 kilometres an hour.

"We have about double the entries from last year," Mr Gregory said.

"Seventy per cent would have been here before - either Mount Gladstone last year or at our first event out at Rocky Plains Road.

"It's starting to become a regular fixture on the calendar."

There are more than 40 competitors coming from as far as Cairns and Adelaide, including juniors.

The event is also the first round of the Australian Street Luge Championships, and Australian Gravity Bikes Championships

"They will be the best of the best," Mr Gregory said.

There will also be an opportunity for first timers to have a go on Saturday, but you need to register online.

The event is free for spectators, with food vans and facilities on the hill, and coaches transporting spectators up and down the hill.

"One of the big things is the camaraderie. We also leave it as green, with little carbon footprint as possible," Mr Gregory said.

He said there were plans to expand the festival over coming years.

For more information head to www.bombthesnowies.com.au

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