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10km ride attracting entries

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THE C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge heads back to where it all began with this month’s rides to launch from the Jetty Foreshores on Sunday, October 28. The Coulter family have been the first entrants to sign up for the 10km family ride, with their motivation being a fun family day out in support of local charities.

“It will be great to start out together in an organised ride,” Jay said.

“It really was Zoe’s idea to get together as a family and ride,” Melinda said.

The family ride will be the most picturesque of all the rides, going along Jordan Esplanade than right out along the breakwall, if the loop is done twice is a 10km ride. “Thanks to the fantastic work done by Coffs Council in the Jetty precinct, and the support of Crown Lands Department, riders will have the opportunity to cycle right next to ocean, out along the breakwall, and maybe see some dolphins along the way. How special would that be” said event manager Judy Smith.

 
 

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Bridge is open for the Challenge

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The Raleigh bridge will be open for cyclist during the Cycle Challenge.  Restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of the riders. A ‘tunnel’ has been created  on the main bridge that currently allows buses and local traffic to cross the bridge at specific times each day.  This tunnel will be in use during the Challenge, allowing cyclists to distance themselves from the refurbishment work on the bridge. 
The safety measures that will be in place for cyclist include:
     Single file through the tunnel
     Speed reduction to 10km through the tunnel
     Traffic marshals on either end of the bridge and on the Raleigh roundabout – please follow their instructions.

We would like to thank the staff at RMS for their efforts in ensuring that our riders will be able to access the bridge.

Coffs Coast Festival of Cycling

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Join us for a week or a day

Organisers of the Cycle Challenge are currently developing a week-long “Festival of Cycling” around the annual C.ex McDonald’s Cycle Challenge. Visitors will be able to join a host of local ride groups in the week prior to the Challenge, providing them with opportunities to cycle many of the picturesque routes on the Coffs Coast.

“Our aim is to provide a wide range of cycling activities in the week prior to the Challenge, and thanks to the cooperation of many cycling groups in Coffs Harbour, we look like we will be able to put together a terrific schedule. We have groups who start off at 5.30am in the morning for a quick 100km ride before breakfast, right through to mature aged cycling groups who combine coffee with their 30km peddle. A number of cycle groups have also offered to set up additional rides during the Festival so there is something for everyone through the week”, said event manager Judy Smith

And perhaps the most exciting of those opportunities will be the possibility of riding criterions through Sawtell main street on Saturday afternoon 27th October. The Sawtell Chamber of Commerce is supportive of the idea and the route has been given the approval by Coffs Cycling Commissaire Geoff Hardaker. Organisers will now move into the approval process so stay tuned for the good news!!