White family on home mountain biking trail
AFTER months of travelling for events, the White family are racing at home this weekend in what they refer to as a 'fun' three-hour mountain bike enduro race.
"This is what is great about getting to race at home," Mark White said. "The Grafton Cycle Club is very laid back like a community and the Bom Bom Forest runs are always heaps of fun to enter."
Mark, along with his two children Henry and Bridie, will be involved in today's round two of the Grafton Cycle Club's Winter Mountain Bike Series.
Both Henry and Bridie are coming off a highly successful start to their 2015 campaigns with Bridie winning a couple of bronze medals in the Sunshine Series and Henry coming off a couple of fantastic races including a win at the Hidden Vale Adventure Park.
"There has been a lot of travelling for us lately," Mark said. "The campervan seems to be constantly packed and ready to go for those early weekend mornings all the time lately.
"Up in Queensland they are highly competitive races with a lot of entrants. Henry only just competed in one where there was at least 80 boys lined up on the starting line."
Today's race is a little more relaxed for the mountain biking family, except for the rubber chook up for grabs.
The chook is awarded to the rider who nominates closest to their average speed for the race.
Henry was very confident when nominating his 17kmh average speed, but for Mark and Bridie it was a little more difficult because they are riding as a relay pair.
"It is really hard to say, because we both ride at different speeds," Mark said. "Last year we rode at about 14kmh but that could change dramatically this weekend. It also really depends on what the conditions are like trackside."
Sign on for today's event at Bom Bom State Forest is at noon, with racing to start at 1pm.