100 riders line up for race

MORE than 100 competitors lined up for the first mountain bike race ever held in the Valley.

The Grafton City Cycles Bom Bom Bomb, in association with the Grafton Cycle Club, was held last Sunday and has had rave reviews from competitors.

Riders from Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Macksville, Coffs Harbour Armidale and Grafton clubs competed, as the Bom Bom race is part of the Mid-North Coast mountain bike series.

Competitors also came down from Lismore and Ballina, as well as one from Rockhampton and all praised the efforts of local trail builders and organisers.

With more than 100 riders and as many supporters and spectators, Copmanhurst School P&C and the Roving Roast Coffee were kept busy and the forest was alive with activity. Mountain biking is a fantastic family activity, which was well reflected in the first race on the program. The “whippersnappers”, won by Drew Gilchrist of Team Refusenix, allowed riders as young as seven to test their skills over two laps of a 1.5km course. The senior event boasted 14 divisions, from under-15s through to supermasters (50 and over) and elites.

Local riders fared well on their new home tracks, with Madeline Davis taking the honours in under-17 women, Trevor Creighton second in the supermasters division (and first singlespeed) and Sue Webber taking out the supermasters women's division.

For more information and photographs call Trevor Creighton on 6642 7890 or email ride@barkhutmountain.com.

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