On your bike: new season starts
Wednesday, 23rd February, 2011
Cyclists with the local Mountain Bike Club are starting the new season with a team social race at the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club this weekend.
Teams of two will ride a combined six laps of the newly-refurbished Junior Track behind the course's club house on Sunday.
The race kicks off a 8am, it costs $5 to enter and registrations open at 7:30am.
Club member Dave Clarke said the 2km track was relatively flat and rideable for those who have had limited experience at cycling off-road.
"There's a couple of little tricky parts," he admitted.
The long-time member said the club usually gets anywhere between 20 and 30 people out for their first social ride on the junior track.
In 2008 the club built three tracks around the grassed fairways, each with various degrees of difficulty, and they are also popular with walkers.
The Mountain Bike Club's publicity officer, Richard Walker, told the BDT that he expected the day to be great for first-timers.
"It will be a great opportunity for people of all ages to try out mountain biking in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere," he said.
"And if you can't find someone to ride with the Mountain Bike Club will team you up with a club member on the day."
A sausage sizzle, which is covered in the cost, and presentation will be held after the event and there will be prize draws for all junior riders as well as random prizes for new riders and the best dressed.
As well as the regular ride, the club will be holding a number of fundraisers through out the year.
A film premiere of "127 Hours" starring James Franco will be held at the Silver City Cinema on Saturday, Match 5 at 4pm.
The critically-acclaimed movie is based on the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crushes his arm and trapps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Over the following five days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage to extricate himself by any means necessary.
As part of the premiere, there will be nibbles and refreshments in the cinema and members will run a raffle which will be drawn before the start of the movie.
People who would like to take part in these events or who would like some more information may contact Shelley Clarke on 8088-7050 or Taz 8088-8945.