Pilley to host mountain biking event sure to be the Bom Bom
AN OPPORTUNITY to learn from one of Australia's premier mountain bike riders is expected to draw a large contingent of Clarence Valley riders to Bom Bom State Forest on Saturday.
Morgan Pilley will run the event for local MTB crew Bom Bom Racing, with a view to developing the skills of local riders.
Pilley, who competes on the MTB circuit in Italy but is in town for the Christmas-New Year holidays, said he was looking forward to the event.
"Basically it's a fun day to continue to build the growth of the sport in the area," he said.
"Me and (Grafton Cycle Club mountain biking convenor) Mick Powell had been talking about it and I said how about I come up and put it out there for people to come ride with me and the club around the trails."
Pilley's main focus for the training is to help juniors get involved with the sport.
"I'd like to inspire kids to get involved and go from there," Pilley said.
"It's a good bunch of guys there so hopefully we can build on this."
Saturday's event is free but organisers have requested a gold coin donation to help maintain the 25km of trails in Bom Bom State Forest.
"In three or four years we have built the trails up from nothing," Powell said.
"I've never put a counter on it but hundreds of hours of volunteer work would go into it per year.
Last year we had to repair flood damage plus we built a new 5km track as well."
Powell said mountain biking was a sport that suited the whole family.
"People think mountain biking is going downhill at crazy speeds but you can ride at your own pace and it's good for fitness," he said.
"All you need is a bike with brakes and a helmet."
Saturday's ride is scheduled to commence with a ride for kids at 9am. This will be followed by a barbecue and a longer ride for the adults.