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G-Bomb set to go off for mountain bikers

Mountain bike riders flock to the Bom Bom State Forest for the G-Bomb. More than 250 will be here for today’s racing.
Mountain bike riders flock to the Bom Bom State Forest for the G-Bomb. More than 250 will be here for today’s racing.

RIDERS are gearing up for an explosive 2014 G-Bomb Mountain Bike Race.

The annual 12-hour endurance race through Bom Bom State Forest, hosted by Grafton Cycle Club, will start this morning, with a field of more than 250 registered entrants.

Grafton Cycle Club president John Harrison said once late registrations were taken, he was confident the number of racers would come close to the entry cap of 350.

Harrison said heavy downpours from storms sweeping through the region this week came at the perfect time, helping the newer tracks to settle.

With clear skies predicted for today, this year's race is shaping up to be a good one.

"It's a great day, the guys have done a really good job preparing the circuit," he said.

"The rain the last couple of days has topped it off.

"We've got a couple of new tracks that needed water to settle them in."

This year the first six hours are on a 10km "day lap" track before the race switches to a different 10km "night lap" from 4pm for the final six hours.

Riders will compete in solo or team 12-hour and six-hour classes, starting at the "big red gorilla" (of the giant blow-up animal variety) at 10am.

During the day there will be a barbecue and plenty of good vantage points for spectators. A band will play on Saturday night at the start/finish line.

Former triathlete and regular mountain bike rider Mal Tilse said he was looking forward to hitting the track for a bit of exercise and fun.

He and his wife have been camped out at Bom Bom State Forest since yesterday, making the most of the great outdoors.

Both will compete in the six-hour race, Mal in a team and wife Narelle in the individual class.

"We don't have any aspirations of winning, we're just in it for the fun," Tilse said.

"We're all set up and ready to go and we've got the beer on ice.

"The big thing about these events is the time all the volunteers put in. The tracks have got to be maintained and burnt off for this and with the recent rain it should make for a really good day."

Online entry fees are closed and on-the-day registration incurs a late fee of $50 per person.

For more information, check out Bom Bom Racing on Facebook or visit www.graftoncycleclub.com.au.

Topics:  mountain biking, mtb, outdoor-living



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