G-Bomb ready to ignite Bom Bom State Forest
THE fuse is lit and course set for the G-BomB.
The annual 12-hour mountain bike endurance race, hosted by Grafton Cycle Club, will take place in Bom Bom State Forest tomorrow.
Entries have flooded in and numbers swelled up from 120 entrants last year to 200 this year.
Mark White is entered into the 40-to-50-year 12-hour class and has completed several enduro races in the past.
"It's good to see it growing," White said. "I would put it down to the sport of mountain biking itself taking off.
"A lot of people are starting to pick up a bike and have a go.
"It is a competitive sport if you want it to be, but it's also a friendly sport."
Riders will compete in solo or team 12-hour and six-hour classes, starting at 10am. During the day there will also be novice races and demo bikes available to try. There will also be entertainment, including a DJ and there's a full canteen menu courtesy of Toast Espresso.
Grafton Cycle Club vice-president Paul O'Connor said riders were coming from far and wide to compete.
"Riders from all over the North Coast and the northern tablelands and as far away as Newcastle will be here for an endurance MTB event with a difference," O'Connor said.
"Most MTB racing is contested between 90 minutes and three hours.
"The format sees riders not only belting around the forest trails during daylight hours, but come nightfall strapping lights onto their handlebars and helmets to continue racing into the darkness.
Riders will complete consecutive laps of the circuit with their final lap commencing no later than 10pm.
Racing is on a series of interconnecting fast-flowing single track trails constructed by Grafton Cycle Club members over natural terrain, logs, bridges, creek crossings and jumps.
"Each lap is a little over 10km and will take 25 to 45 minutes depending on ability and ambition," O'Connor said.
"Team riders generally do one lap before 'passing the baton' to a teammate in the transition area.
"Thanks to the State Forest's boys who recently repaired and graded Boundary Rd, access is all-vehicle, so spectators are welcome to come out and see how much fun can be had on a bike in the bush."