Cycle club pumped up for mountain bike enduro

A 50m pump track and 500m downhill course are new additions to the venue's facilities.

"Grafton Cycle Club received a grant from Grafton Rotary to help with youth development," development coach Mark White said.

"So we built the pump track and it's become really popular. It's only been open for a couple of weeks now and I'm seeing more people each weekend getting up here to have a go on it.

"We used the rest of the money to make a downhill jump run which escalates into a black diamond run, which is the equivalent to snow skiing terms. So it's got everything you need down there."

White runs a skills development course in the forest on Wednesday afternoons for kids aged seven to 15, focusing on bike setup, skills and maintenance. Teams from that group will compete in the 6-hour junior divisions of today's G-Bomb.

White is also the commissaire for the event.

"Under-13s ride in a minimum team of six because they can only ride for an hour a day," he said. "Under-15s, who can ride up to two hours each, have teams of four."

The 6-Hour and 12-Hour enduros start at 10am with a mass start.

"We're looking at having about 220 to 230 bikes here, which will be up on last year," White said.

"I've noticed in the entries a lot more interstate people and a lot more people who have opted to camp here on Friday and Saturday nights."

There will be live entertainment tonight and a string quartet from Grafton Conservatorium of Music out on course to lift the riders' spirits.



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