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Mountain bike club honours ‘Benny’

Saturday, 17th October, 2020

David “Benny” Goodman can be often found out at Snake Gully where he rides and creates new tracks for the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club. PICTURE: Myles Burt David “Benny” Goodman can be often found out at Snake Gully where he rides and creates new tracks for the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

David ‘Benny’ Goodman has been named an inaugural Life Member of the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club.

Mr Goodman has received the prestigious title due to his instrumental work with creating mountain bike tracks around Broken Hill, which have gained interest nationally and internationally, especially with cyclists using bike track apps such as Trailforks, Strava and Avenza Maps.

Through the lifetime membership, the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club aim to recognised Mr Goodman’s passion for creating, maintaining and improving tracks. Mr Goodman who has been with the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club since its inception over 20 years ago, said he was honoured to receive the title.

“I’m generally not speechless but I was when they announced that,” Mr Goodman said. “I was very taken aback by it.”

Mr Goodman said his favourite track that he’s created with the club was one called Fulmen’s Hill out behind the Golf Course near Snake Gully.

Mr Goodman said the track was named Fulmen’s Hill after he spotted the name on an old reconnaissance map.

Mr Goodman has spent a majority of his time out in Snake Gully area, where a majority of the club’s mountain bike trails are.

“What started with a can of marking paint has eventuated in 20-plus kilometres of single track,” Mr Goodman said.

“You could literally spend all day out there, and it would take you all day to cover the entirety of the track.”

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