SLIPSTREAM: James Creek mountain bike competitor Jake Mitchell is ready to show off his home track.
SLIPSTREAM: James Creek mountain bike competitor Jake Mitchell is ready to show off his home track. Contributed

Woodford braces for Gravity Enduro lightning strike

MOUNTAIN BIKING: It is less than a month until Mountain Biking Australia touch down in the Clarence Valley with the fifth round of their Gravity Enduro National Series, and according to organisers, the community of Woodford Island is coming alive for the event.

The gravity enduro series has travelled around the country, including stops in Victoria, ACT, Western Australia and Queensland but will be ready to call Woodford Island home when it hosts the fifth and final round on August 12-13.

MTB Australia is working in conjunction with White Lightning Events and the Clarence Valley Council, which is supporting the event as part of its successful sports tourism program.

The fifth and final round will be the last chance for riders to earn points ahead of the 2017 Gravity Enduro National Championships in October and is expected to attract the best downhill riders in Australia.

"This will be a massive event for the Clarence Valley, the best riders in the country will be on our doorstep,” White Lighning Events owner Mark White said ahead of the event.

While the best might be journeying to the Clarence, for one competitor it is a chance to showcase what his hometown has to offer.

James Creek mountain biker Jake Mitchell currently sits at 25th on the Gravity Enduro Series leader board and will be looking for a mammoth performance to claw back the competition leaders.

With less than a month until the event kicks off, White and his team have been hard at work preparing the new trail at Woodford Island and he said it was all taking shape quite nicely.

"Woodford Island has come to life with a bang,” White said on Facebook.

"We have 200m elevation, six stages, five hand-cut trails and one machine build.

"Big shout out to Derek, from Pumptrack Creations, for his sponsorship and help with the track building.”

The trails have now been opened for competitors to get in practice runs.



Businesses lose $10K every week, many ‘will not make it’

Premium Content Businesses lose $10K every week, many ‘will not make it’

An industry leader says many businesses face shutting their doors

Grafton train station in line for an upgrade

Premium Content Grafton train station in line for an upgrade

Clarence Valley small businesses will be able to take part in the design and...

Asphalt work to take place on new Maclean interchange

Premium Content Asphalt work to take place on new Maclean interchange

Changed traffic conditions and local detours will be in place at the Maclean...