A participant crosses the line to finish the inaugural BCU Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge, watched by race officials.
A participant crosses the line to finish the inaugural BCU Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge, watched by race officials. Travis Mead

Organisers focus on improvements

DEBRIEFING on the inaugural BCU Cycle Challenge will take place within weeks as planning begins for the 2011 event.

Event director Peter Wardman said Coffs City Rotary Club members would meet in early October for a debriefing on the first running of the charity event.

He said this would focus on what went wrong with the first event and what could be done better next time around.

“At this stage we want to hear about what went wrong, not what went right,” Mr Wardman said.

While the Cycle Challenge, which attracted 200 riders, has been warmly received, with participants saying they enjoyed the event, some rough edges were evident.

The poor condition of the scenic Yellow Rock Road at Urunga, in the Bellingen Shire, came in for criticism from riders, as did the Lyons Road section, where the cycleway ends before the roundabout which takes riders over the Pacific Highway.

At least one out of town rider found himself on the main Pacific Highway after a confusing experience at this intersection.

Some other riders said they would like to see lane closures or more warning for motorists on the sections of the route through the most populated sections, like through Sawtell and along Hogbin Drive. Cars carrying prominent ‘cycle event ahead’ and ‘bicycle event in progress’ signs were suggested, as well as more marshals at potentially confusing intersections and route change points.

Organisers already have some ideas for changes to next year’s race, including a new section for children which will make use of the Coffs Creek Walk, which is being upgraded to provide a 9km cycleway.

Money from the entry fee and the sale of race jerseys goes to charity and the event is held during Bike Week to encourage members of the community to have fun and get fit by getting on their bikes and getting out and about.



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