Are you faster than a speeding train?

Well that’s the question that more than one hundred mountain bike riders geared up to find out recently at the second annual Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) End-to-End Extreme Challenge – and Element came along for the ride too.

 

Competitors line up at the start line of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

A rider goes enjoys the sunrise on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

A sign makes the distance of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

 

The 161 kilometre ride from Wulkuraka in Ipswich to Yarraman at the northern end of the trail, follows the old Brisbane Valley rail line.

From end to end, it used to take six hours by train and that’s the time riders were trying to beat.

 

Competitors raced to beat the 6hr time of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

 

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

 

The challenge might be speed, but you’d be forgiven for wanting to take your time, with unique scenery and landmarks separating a number of smalls towns along the way.

 

Competitors ride through the scenic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Competitors ride through the scenic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Competitors ride through the scenic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Competitors ride through the scenic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Competitors ride through the scenic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Competitors ride through the scenic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

 

This year was the first BVRT event to cover the fully completed trail, including the recently opened section from Toogoolawah to Moore.

At this year’s event, on August 4, the winning time was just short, coming in at 6 hours 33 minutes.

 

Riders show emotion as they finish the gruelling challenge.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Riders show emotion as they finish the gruelling challenge.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Riders show emotion as they finish the gruelling challenge.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

 

It was a hard slog and Element’s own Lachlan Ryan was there to capture it all – from the ground and the sky.

 

Lachlan Ryan photographed the day on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

 

He would have ridden alongside the competitors but drones and DSLRs are cumbersome.

But not to worry, he was ready for all the action thanks to the trusty Element-mobile.

Events like this offer a unique way to experience parts of South East Queensland that you wouldn’t otherwise see, and Element had the privilege to show it off.

 

Riders enjoying the unique aspects of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

Riders enjoying the unique aspects of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Photo from the 2018 Brisbane Valley Rail Trail End to End Extreme Challenge. Photo by Element Photo and Video Productions.

You can see more photos from the day in our gallery.

Next year’s event takes place on the 3rd of August 2019. We hope to see you there!

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is open all year round and is worth checking out.

Have a look at another recent production of Element’s, this short promotional video which showcases the trail and its surrounding areas:

 

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