PEDAL POWER: A big weekend of mountain bike riding is planned for the Coffs Coast.
PEDAL POWER: A big weekend of mountain bike riding is planned for the Coffs Coast. Leigh Jensen

Bike club numbers climbing

COFFS Coast Mountain Biking has doubled its membership over the past 12 months and is marking the achievement this weekend with two days of racing.

The Cows with Guns mountain bike park at Bonville will host a round of Mountain Bike Australia's NSW Junior Series and Schools Cup for the under-17s on Saturday.

The Coffs Coast round of regional inter-club competition GNaTPACK, involving riders from Nambucca Heads, Taree, Port Macquarie, Armidale, Coffs Harbour and Kempsey, will be held on Sunday.

More than 150 riders are expected to ride over the two days.

Racing starts at 1.30pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

"We've seen tremendous growth in membership over the last year, taking us up to 120," club captain Richard Lehnert said.

"It's great to be able to mark it by hosting a state-level competition for the first time, followed by our regional competition.

"We're very grateful for the efforts of our members, and to our sponsors for these events, the Forestry Corporation, Promenade Cyclery and Sawtell restaurant, 63 First Avenue."

Part of Coffs Harbour Cycling Club, the mountain bikers have recently commissioned new racing kit and launched a website in their distinctive new blue and orange colours.

There's also a range of new activities.

"The growth has come from the creation of a women's group, the Dirty Janes, providing coaching for juniors and beginners, and organising social rides."

"We also run informal short races on Monday nights, as well as weekend events."

New members are welcome, for information go to coffscoastmtb.com.au.



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