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Poker race challenge

Wednesday, 9th October, 2013

Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club publicity officer David Goodman with the painting donated by renowned artist Clark Barrett. The club is gearing up for the huge Poker Race. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club publicity officer David Goodman with the painting donated by renowned artist Clark Barrett. The club is gearing up for the huge Poker Race. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By By Darrin Manuel

The city’s sporting clubs are invited to take their rivalries to a new level at the 15th annual Poker Race on October 20.

The Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club’s biggest race of the year is set to attract riders from NSW, SA and Victoria, but club Publicity Officer David Goodman said it would be good to see more local sportspeople in the race.

A showdown between some of the city’s sporting clubs would add another layer of intrigue to the popular event, said Mr Goodman.

“It would be great to see a contest between all the footy clubs - and that’s football, soccer and rugby,” he said.

“We’ve had plenty of clubs put teams in, in the past, but it’s always one or two, we’ve never had all clubs represented.

“They’d only need one bike per team.”

The Poker Race will be staged at Silverton and is open to riders of all ages and skill levels.

The 6.6km course begins and ends at the Silverton souvenir shop, and features a variety of hill climbs, descents and flat sections which should provide an enjoyable challenge for all competitors.

Individuals and teams complete five laps of the course, gaining a playing card for each lap completed.

Prizes are given for riders and teams with the best times, and also for making the best poker hand on the day.

The individual rider who makes the best poker hand will receive a framed original Clark Barrett painting valued at over $800.

The race generates a gala atmosphere at Silverton, and those who aren’t competing are encouraged to come along and view the sport.

“It’s open to anyone with a mountain bike, and it’s just a good fun day,” said Mr Goodman.

“Even if people aren’t coming out to ride, it’s a good chance for them to come along and see what we do.”

Riders can nominate individually or as a team, with registrations being taken from 9.30am for an 11am start.

Entry costs $30 for the veteran and open grades, $20 for juniors, kids and social riders, and $50 per team.

All entrants will receive a race bag containing a variety of race equipment and souvenirs donated by local and national businesses.

For further information on the race or the Mountain Bike Club, please call president Richard Walker on 0409 578 824 or visit www.bhmtb.asn.au.

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