Record field hits the road in Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge
THE Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge has continued its rise as one of Australia's fastest growing family cycle events.
Sponsored by the NAB and co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City, the fourth annual ride attracted a record field of riders.
Event director Peter Wardman said entries rose across the cycle challenge's 100km and 60km solo rides, its team event and the 10km family ride.
"In all we had 731 riders on Sunday made up of 594 individuals and 137 families," Mr Wardman said.
"That compares with a total of 460 for 2012 an increase of 58.9%."
A ride rather than a race, the event encourages cyclists to test their stamina on some of the region's most scenic cycling routes.
"There was a great range of ages on the day. The oldest rider in the 60km event was Marco Brandli, who is 83, and in the 10km family ride for the mums and dads riding with the kids there was a one-year-old child riding in a bike-mounted capsule," ride director Graham Lockett said.
"It really was an outstanding success with a record number of participants.
"Another outstanding aspect was that we had 130 volunteers from local Rotary clubs, the Bonville P&C and local scouts along the routes."
The Cycle Challenge honoured the top finishers in each event with podium finishes.
Nathan Chiswell claimed honours in the 100-kilometre mens event, crossing the line with last year's top rider Dan Alcock in a race record of 2 hours 38 mins.
Tony Brindle rounded out the top placings for the 100km mens solo ride.
Leading lady home Melanie Roach topped the podium for another year finishing the 100km ride in 2 hours 54 minutes.
Christine Lefeaux and Karen Masson came in for honourable mentions as the second and third riders over the line.
For full results and more images go to the official site.