Thundering down the mountain
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
"IF they haven't ridden Mount Coramba before, they certainly know of it."
That's the call of local mountain biker Garth 'Dozer' Roberts as he prepares for up to 250 downhill riders to make their way to one of Australia's best courses for the third round of the NSW State Downhill series.
Roberts has been working flat out with a small but dedicated crew to make sure that the downhill run is in outstanding condition so it befits the standard of riders that will be competing.
"The group that we've had helping has seen everyone spending every weekend cleaning up the course to get the track in prefect condition," 'Dozer' said.
"It's a track where the pros will need to do their homework if they want to win."
Downhill mountain biking is an extreme form of cycling that is unlike any other.
In a race against the clock in a single run, spectators can expect to see riders hit speeds up to 80km per hour when they're pedalling flat out.
Somtimes it's even more thrilling when the riders are virtually at a standstill as they negotiate a steep descent over a natural obstacle such as a rock section.
All riders will be preparing for their timed run with practice sessions along the course on Saturday and Sunday morning before the competition fires up from midday.
Set in the beutiful forest in Bruxner Park, Roberts says that local knowledge might prove to be an advantage in this round.
"There's motorbike trails everywhere around there but there's one specific downhill trail," he said.
"A few locals know it pretty well."
Well known downhill rider Brad Kenny is a confirmed starter and his ability to fly past spectators at insane speeds is something to behold.
Sponsored by Ventoux Cycles, the event promises to be huge as does the after party on the Sunday night at the Plantation Hotel.