Clarence Valley club breaks new downhill ground
CYCLING: Clarence Valley Mountain Bike Club made history in 2017 when it brought a round of the Mountain Bike Australia Enduro Series to Woodford Island and this weekend they are ready to kick 2018 off in even bigger fashion.
The club will host the first round of the MTBA Downhill National Series at their premier forest track at Mount Coramba.
The event has had more than 180 entries and will welcome the country's best riders to the North Coast for only the second time.
Club member and event organiser Mark White said it was a major first for the club and had taken many hands to pull off.
"Hosting this event is just awesome for us; it is a major milestone for mountain biking in the region,” he said. "We have been working towards this from pretty much the moment Woodford wrapped up last August.
"The club has worked really well together and it has taken a lot of people to pull this all together.”
White made special mention of race director and track builder Garth 'Dozer' Roberts who has put together the track.
"I did a track walk with the race commissaire from MTBA and even he said it was one of the best tracks he had ever seen,” White said.
"We only opened this track last year and it has really come to life with people from as far as Lithgow coming up for our club race days.”
Coffs Harbour rider Josh Button will lead the charge for the local brigade in the elite men grade against world No. 4 Jack Moir.
Grafton will be represented by 11-year-old competitor Ashton Pullen, who will mix it against the best in under-13s.
"Ashton has impressed us all with how well he has come along this last year,” White said. "He hits everything on track and shows no fear.”