FEATURE EVENT: Bicycle NSW has widely promoted the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge in August.
FEATURE EVENT: Bicycle NSW has widely promoted the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge in August. Leigh Jensen

Rolling towards a big Cycle Challenge

BICYCLE New South Wales is proud to partner with the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge.

The annual challenge, held over August 1 and 2, is gearing up to be another great event, with organisers aiming to break the 1000-entry barrier this year.

Beginning in 2010 by the Coffs City Rotary Club, the event has increased in numbers from just over 200 to almost 900 in the space of five years.

"Building our participation numbers is our main focus for 2015," ride director Phil Price said.

"We have planned additional rides this year, including a new 40km route for recreational cyclists, along with a category for disabled riders.

"The inclusion of a Schools Challenge will also add interest and variety to the challenge rides."

The challenge starts with a 13km Hill Climb from Coramba Village on Saturday, August 1.

The ride is an individual time trial, with the finish line about 600m above sea level.

The inaugural Hill Climb last year attracted more than 70 riders, who relished the climb through the rainforest, and organisers would not be surprised to see 100 riders take the Hill Climb challenge.

On Sunday, August 2, there will be a range of rides to suit all cyclists, from experienced to beginner, including those with a disability.

The 100km, 60km and 40km rides will follow the same route through picturesque forest, rolling farmlands and along oyster-farming creeks, while the 10km ride for families and cyclists with a disability will follow a safe cycle path for most of the ride.

"We are aiming to expand our program this year to include more recreational riders," Phil said.

"We feel the C4 Hill Climb, the 100 and 60km routes cater perfectly for competitive riders and hope that the introduction of the 40km ride in 2015 will increase the numbers of recreational riders."

Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge

C4 Hill Climb, Coramba Village, Saturday, August 1

Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge, Jetty Foreshores, Sunday, August 2

To enter go to www.coffscoastcyclechallenge.com

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