Bid for interstate cycle glory
RIDERS from 103 postcodes across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have entered this weekend's NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge.
While entries have yet to reach 2014 numbers, organisers expect a rush of last-minute local entries in coming days.
One of the out-of-state entrants is retired marine engineer Richard Huntriss from Inverloch in Victoria.
Richard stumbled across the Cycle Challenge last year and had such an enjoyable ride, he immediately planned his 2015 northern journey.
He was introduced to riding by his daughter when she entered him in the Around The Bay ride in Victoria some years ago.
Since then, riding has become Richard's number one activity and he rides four days each week with the Coastal Cruisers group around West Gippsland.
"Cycling keeps me healthy, fit and engaged with a group of like-minded people," Richard said.
First-time entrants Kate and Angus Windeyer, along with Brad Acheson, are travelling from Dubbo.
Angus and Brad are part of a strong cycling contingent that rides three times each week in the western NSW city, as well as travelling around the state for rides like the NAB Challenge.
This will be Kate's first ride and she has entered in the 40km ladies-only start.
"We will drop the kids off at their grandparents in Gunnedah on our way through to Coffs," Kate said.
"I am looking forward to riding with a group of women, mostly for security and safety.
"I haven't had a lot of time to train but try to fit in a couple of spin classes each week.
"Can't wait to get to Coffs."
The NAB Cycle Challenge Hill Climb will be held this Saturday from Coramba up Eastern Dorrigo Way, almost to George's Goldmine.
The road has seen an increase in rider numbers over the past couple of weeks as entrants test their skills against the steep ascent of the mountain.
On Sunday, the main rides will depart the education campus on Hogbin Drive.
The 100km, 60km and 40km rides head south along Hogbin Drive and the 10km ride will go north along the cycle way.