Bicycle NSW is proud to partner with the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge to promote cycling in one of NSW’s most picturesque cycling environments. Come and join the C4 rides and experience cycling through forests and farmlands and along creeks and oceans.
The annual early-August Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge is gearing up to be another great event, with organisers aiming to break the 1,000 entry barrier in 2015.
Commencing in 2010 by the Coffs City Rotary Club, the event has increased in numbers from just over 200 to almost 900 in the space of just 5 years.
“Building our participation numbers is our main focus for 2015” said Ride Director Phil Price. “We are including additional rides this year, including a new 40km route for recreational cyclists, along with a category for disabled riders. The inclusion of a Schools Challenge will also add interest and variety to the Challenge rides.”
The 2015 rides will commence on Saturday 1st August with the very successful 13km Hill Climb from Coramba Village, about 12 km west of Coffs Harbour. The ride is an individual time trial, with the finish line approximately 600 metres above sea level. The inaugural Hill Climb last year attracted over 70 riders who relished the climb through the rainforest, and organisers would not be surprised to see 100 riders take the hill climb challenge in 2015.
On Sunday 2nd August there will be a range of rides to suit all cyclists, from experienced to beginner, abled and disabled. The 100km, 60km and 40km rides will follow the same route through picturesque forest, rolling farmlands and along oyster-farming creeks, while the 10km ride for families and disabled cyclists will follow a safe cycle path for most of the ride.
Phil Price continued “We are aiming to expand our program this year to include more recreational riders. We feel the C4 Hill Climb, the 100 and 60km routes cater perfectly for competitive riders, and hope that the introduction of the 40km ride in 2015 will increase the numbers of recreational riders. We have incorporated a “Women’s Only” start in the 40km ride and anticipate this will attract those women who are cycling in small groups or who are not confident to enter a ride without support. And we see the introduction of the “Schools Challenge” as a way of promoting safe cycling and physical fitness to school students in the region.”
“We are particularly delighted to invite cyclists with a disability into the 2015 ride. There are a number of disabled riders in our area currently using hand cycles, and with their support and encouragement, we will be incorporating a disability category in the 10km ride.”
Entries for the 2015 event open on 1st March with ‘early bird’ prices until 1st July. Riders from outside the area will be very interested to know that the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge weekend forms part of the week-long “Festival of Cycling”. The Festival has the support of a range of cycling organisations within the Coffs Coast who will welcome visitors to join their regular activities. The Coffs Harbour BUG and Dorrigo/Urunga/Bellingen BUG have schedules rides on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and cater for a range of ages and abilities. Both groups are most excited at the opportunity to showcase our wonderful cycling environment to riders from far afield.