Challenge needs pedal power
GET those chains oiled, helmets strapped and calf muscles pumped in preparation for the BCU Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge on August 7.
Exploring the scenery of the Coffs Harbour Jetty through to shady state forests and national parks, the streets of Sawtell and along the river banks of the Bellinger Valley, this year’s track is bound to prove popular with participating cyclists.
The debut event last September drew more than 200 riders and organisers are predicting double the number of cyclists for August’s action, which is being sponsored by the Advocate.
Coffs City Rotary’s Jay Clowes said the ‘ante has been upped’ this year with 60km and 100km rides compared to last year’s 50km and 75km routes, along with the addition of a family ride.
“There will be prizes drawn by lucky dip including a $3000 road bike which all registered entrants (in the 60km and 100km tracks that are present when drawn) are eligible to win,” Mr Clowes said.
The event has attracted entries from across NSW and south-east Queensland.
Coffs City Rotary club president George Cecato said riders of all ages and fitness levels had signed up for the event.
“It’s all about giving it a go, so if you’re thinking of registering, get involved – you’ll be in great company,” Mr Cecato said.
“We have had plenty of registrations from beginner riders and those who feel they will be stretching themselves to make the distance – that’s why it’s called a cycle challenge.”
To register for the BCU Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge 2011, which raises money for Rotary charities, head to http://coffscoastcyclechallenge.com/.