THE richest mountain bike racing series in Australia comes to Tamworth this weekend and local riders will be in the mix with international and national stars.
The Evocities MTB Series is being held across six of the seven NSW Evocities – with Tamworth the sixth in the series.
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There’s a combined series prizemoney of more than $80,000, and the Evocities series has attracted Australia’s best riders as well as a whole bunch of fun-loving weekend warriors.
In Tamworth tomorrow there’s $10,000 in cash and prizes including some solo race events with a first prize purse of $1000 down to fifth placed $100.
Local bike fans have turned their first ever big race day into a fun festival – inviting spectators and interested onlookers to the new track on Forest Rd.
The fun starts this afternoon when gates open for campers. There will be a campfire and a night ride along a skyline track.
Saturday’s premier event is the five-hour endurance race – riders doing as many laps as they can from noon.
About one-third of the estimated 120 competitors are regional – with riders from Walcha, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Quirindi, Armidale and Tamworth in the box seats for some sections.
The Tamworth club reckons it’s got so pumped about its inaugural big ride status that it turned the event into a fun festival, and on Sunday is offering up some of its own celebrity track rides, with novelty and dash-for-cash events.
It’s also organised a disco under the stars after the big ride Saturday.
TAMWORTH Mountain Bike Club is so pumped about holding the penultimate stage of the seven-race Evocities MTB Series that it has decided to make a weekend festival of it.
While plenty of top-ranking talent will be on show over the course of the Stan’s No Tubes Tamworth 5hr endurance race at Tamworth Mountain Bike Park on Forest Road, young and old alike are invited to join in the action.
Gates open this afternoon for campers who can choose to either kick back and gear up for a big weekend of pedalling, or take in a night ride and check out some of the City of Light’s views from its vantage points.
Kids are well catered for too, with novelty events on a separate purpose-built track in and around the event centre all day tomorrow.
At the completion of racing and the presentations, disco lights will be turned on for locals and visitors alike to
whoop it up at the Pump Track Demo Party. So organisers are saying “bring along the kids, or the kid in you”.
The weekend will wrap up Sunday morning with the Black Diamond Loop Time Trial Challenge to determine
the fastest pedaller around the Pha Pha Pindari (otherwise known as Grandpa’s High Ground) track.
Anyone can enter, with $200 cash up for grabs.