Coffs is NSW downhill bike capital
MORE than 250 downhill mountain bike riders are expected to fly down the challenging Mt Coramba track this weekend as they vie for the state title.
Sunday will see the riders hitting incredible speeds in an exciting round of the RedAss Downhill State Series race.
Riders from the local Coffs Downhill club will be able to use their home track advantage over racers arriving from as far afield as Canberra, Sydney and also the large number of Queensland riders that are also participating.
"Our local guys will fly down the track, maybe even onto the podium," Coffs Downhill president Garth Roberts said.
The local elite riders Samuel Collins from Moonee Beach and Matt Everett from Sapphire Beach will have a clear advantage on the Mt Coramba track they've helped to build over the past years.
If a local does win, it will be a crack field that they've overcome.
A strong elite racing field has entered including last years' top elite riders Greg Palmer (Miami, Qld), Lindsay Klein (Norman Park, Qld) as well as Brendan Moon (Engadine) and Brad Kelly from the Central Coast.
Also at the start line will be junior downhill world champion Ben Cory from Canberra and current state series leader Graeme Mudd from the Central Coast (NSW).
To top off the crack field that Mt Coramba always attracts is the pair of World Cup racers who finished first and second in the under-19 section here last year, Joe Vejvoda and Jack Moir.
The track near the peak of Mt Coramba is hailed by riders as a highlight among the venues of the annual RedAss NSW/ACT Downhill State Series.