Na­tional bike champs to pump $30k into econ­omy

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

The Broome launch of a well­known char­ity bi­cy­cle team re­lay across 660km of rugged Kim­ber­ley coun­try will this year in­clude a new event ca­pa­ble of pump­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars into the lo­cal econ­omy.

A sun­downer to cel­e­brate the so­cial and com­pet­i­tive Gibb Chal­lenge at Cable Beach, pro­posed for May 11, would in­cor­po­rate the Moun­tain Bike Aus­tralia Fat Bike Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

The event is sanc­tioned by peak body Moun­tain Bike Aus­tralia, which is recog­nised by the Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion as a na­tional sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In a re­port to Shire of Broome coun­cil­lors, or­gan­iser Karun­jie Events said the na­tional cham­pi­onship was a sig­nif­i­cant event that would at­tract ath­letes from across Aus­tralia.

It is es­ti­mated about 50 in­ter­re­gional rid­ers would com­pete, with each stay­ing an av­er­age of three nights and spend­ing about $200 daily.

The event was ex­pected to pump about $30,000 into the lo­cal econ­omy.

Event di­rec­tor Si­mon Rim­mer said the sun­downer and cham­pi­onship could prove Broome was the “per­fect events lo­ca­tion”.

“There is the po­ten­tial for some

elite and com­pet­i­tive rid­ers right in Broome’s back­yard and it will be an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to watch and take part in some­thing they may not nor­mally ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“But the main thing is that it shows a lot about the town’s po­ten­tial as an event cen­tre. The sun­downer it­self is a great op­por­tu­nity to bask in the Cable Beach sun­set with some live mu­sic and great lo­cal food and it will be a re­laxed af­ter­noon the whole town can at­tend.

“That time of year, with the weather and so much hap­pen­ing in Broome, we could not think of a bet­ter place to host this event.”

The fes­ti­val-style sun­downer would be held at Cable Beach Am­phithe­atre at 2pm and in­clude live mu­sic, food ven­dors, a li­censed bar area, and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for cho­sen char­ity the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and Gibb Chal­lenge teams.

The MTBA Fat Bike Na­tional Cham­pi­onship events on Cable Beach would in­volve a track be­ing de­vel­oped in­cor­po­rat­ing the beach-ve­hi­cle ac­cess ramp, jumps and other ob­sta­cles.

Rac­ing would hap­pen be­tween 3-5pm and re­quire clo­sure of the ve­hi­cle ac­cess ramp from 3-6pm.

Mr Rim­mer said the events would be tri­alled in May, but could de­velop and be con­tin­ued in fu­ture years.

The in­tended Moun­tain Bike Aus­tralia Fat Bike Na­tional Cham­pi­onship course on Cable Beach.

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