OFF THEY GO: First timers at the chook race taking off in Bom Bom State Forest.
OFF THEY GO: First timers at the chook race taking off in Bom Bom State Forest. Contributed

Chook race starts bike season

CYCLING: The Grafton Cycle club's 2017 mountain biking season has officially started. Last Thursday saw the first outing for the weekly social "Chook Race” at the mountain bike tracks at Bom Bom State Forest.

The Chook race is a tradition that has been running for a few years at Bom Bom, going through a race formats. Named the chook race because the winner took home a rubber chook, which was presented the next week to the next winner. The current format is a handicap start, with the fastest riders starting last. The handicap time is based on past performances with new starting from scratch. The race is run on a different course every week to keep it exciting and challenge you in new ways.

The weather forecast for close to 40 degrees but a refreshing cool breeze picked up in the afternoon to keep the heat at bay and keeping the Chook Race from being a roasted chook. The field was a good mix of young and old, first timer riders, juniors and women. This weeks' race was two laps of a 4.5km course.

The line honours for the first Chook Race was awarded to first timer Denise McKinnon, and long-time speedy regular Rick winters coming in second, with Michelle Newstead third. There is no longer a rubber chook up for grabs but a points system that will see various winners at the end of the summer season.

The Chook Race is a great training for future races being held at Bom Bom during the year. For more information about the Chook Race and other mountain bike events being held check the Bom Bom Racing social media accounts.

The ride is on every Thursday afternoon, meeting at 5:30pm.



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