Visiting riders from Queensland competing in a tandem demonstration event at the new Coffs Harbour velodrome during the officia
Visiting riders from Queensland competing in a tandem demonstration event at the new Coffs Harbour velodrome during the officia

Pristine cycle track



Everything is new at the Coffs Harbour Regional Cycling Complex.

From the moment the smell of freshly sealed bitumen hits your nostrils, to the first sight of newly laid blocks of turf around the grounds , any sporting fan can see this pristine new circuit is a far cry from the decrepit old track that once surrounded Brelsford Park.

"This complex, and indeed, most of the sporting progress of the past twenty years can be traced back to a need to alter the dependance on Brelsford," council's John Shaw said at Saturday's opening ceremony.

Shaw is hailed as one of the driving forces behind the new facility but quickly transferred credit to cycle club stalwarts Terry McLean, Dave McDonald and Geoff Hardacre.

"They kept spruiking the cause," he said.

"Over those 20 years they managed to drive the fundraising of over $100,000 to make certain it was built."

As he performed the opening ceremony, Coffs city mayor Keith Rhoades hailed the day as one of real celebration.

"The complex is as significant as the International Stadium and any other of our sporting landmarks," the Mayor boasted.

"It wasn't easy finding this piece of land with the correct slopes.

"One we did and progress continued, it's opened the way for three new ovals to be built out back and enabled plans for a netball complex."

Rhoades was another paying credit to the tenacity of Terry McLean to get the complex built.

"It's a bit hard to keep saying no when Rip Mclean keeps banging on the door," he said.

Three prototype designs were developed by Peter Kitching before Steve Withers took a model of a stadium in Horsham and fashioned the final article.

Within a year, the sporting side will marry community recreation when the complex is connected to the various district cycleways.

While casting his eyes over the new track, chairman of Cycling New South Wales, Kevin Young described the members of Coffs Cycle Club as a 'dynamic bunch.'

"The sport is going through boom times," he said.

"With cycling in the North Coast Academy of Sport program and the Coffs track being central, the guys in this club are sitting on a bonanza."

As part of the opening day celebrations the cycle club conducted a gala series of racing that continued once the official ceremonies began winding down.

The riders moved back onto the track with the freshly painted blue lines that surround the earthworks still sitting in the centre.

With everything so obviously new, the only thing old, was hard to miss.

The sound of old Jimmy Barnes, crooning across the public address system.



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