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Get off the beaten track with Mountain Bike Club

Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Youngster Oscar Jones tackles one of the downhill inclines on the first-class mountain bike trails behind the golf course. Youngster Oscar Jones tackles one of the downhill inclines on the first-class mountain bike trails behind the golf course.

By Patrick Reincke

The Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club will hold its first event of 2015 on Sunday when it hosts the annual “Come and Try” day starting from the Broken Hill Golf Course.

The event offers an exciting opportunity for would-be riders interested in seeing what the club has to offer and experience the tracks and trails with the guidance of an expert.

BHMBC Committee member Matt Jones said the day was always a lot fun.

“It’s a great chance to do something different with your Sunday morning,” he said. 

“There’s something out there for everyone. It’s about getting people involved and attracting new people to the sport.”

Over the last 12 months, the already first-class network of tracks has come in for further development.

New tracks have been opened up while clear trail markings have made the courses more accessible for everyone.

The trails range from being suitable for grassroots beginners to expert level, and are suitable for all skill and fitness levels.

“It’s a really developed network of trails.”

The BHMBC offers an extremely competitive environment but prides itself on the family-friendly atmosphere it has created.

The “Come and Try” day will not be a competitive race day.

Racers can hone their skills on the local courses before venturing out of town for bigger races.

Mountain biking continues to grow in Broken hill with a growing body of junior riders ranging from five years up and a increasing group of ladies taking up the sport.

Registration for the event is from 7:30am, with guided group track tours commencing from 8:30am.

The cost of the event is $10 which covers insurance and provides a hearty bacon and egg roll with a fruit box or water for breakfast.

“It’s not that expensive and it’s a lot of fun.” Jones said.

While a suitable bike is required for the day, the beginner trails can offer a lot of fun, even on a BMX. 

For enquiries or more information, contact Craig Olsen on 0427-013-351 or check out the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club Website on: http://www.bhmtb.asn.au/.

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