Pump up your wheels and sad­dle up for C.ex McDon­alds Coffs Cy­cle Chal­lenge

Or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing for a field of 1000 rid­ers

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - MATT DEANS matthew.deans@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

JAY and Melinda Counter and their chil­dren, Hay­den and Zoe, are get­ting in some train­ing ahead of the Oc­to­ber 28 C.ex McDon­alds Coffs Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

THE C.ex McDon­alds Cy­cle Chal­lenge heads back to where it all be­gan with this month’s rides to launch from the Jetty Fore­shores on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

2018 is also a case of new routes, a new elite 165km ride to at­tract more top rank­ing am­a­teur and semi-pro com­peti­tors and some changes to the run­ning of the event to raise en­tries to the ninth an­nual fundraiser founded by the Ro­tary Club of Coffs Har­bour City.

Or­gan­is­ers hope some 1000 rid­ers will take part.

“Com­ing back to the Jetty Fore­shores for the start will see a rein­vig­o­rated event, the new 165km ride will be fab­u­lous in at­tract­ing some top qual­ity rid­ers and we al­ready have sig­inif­i­cant en­tries in both the male and fe­male events,” event man­ager Judy Smith said.

“The fam­ily ride will be the most pic­turesque, go­ing along Jor­dan Es­planade then right out along the break­wall if the loop is done twice is a 10km ride.”

Melinda and Jay Counter and Hay­den, 9, and Zoe, 7, 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 or­gan­sied ride,” Jay said.

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

This year the an­nual Cy­cle Chal­lenge jersey will be a clas­sic blue de­sign with a de­sign launch pend­ing.

See the event web­site cexm­c­don­ald­scy­cle chal­lenge.com.

The Cy­cle Chal­lenge routes for 2018

The 165km, 100km, 60km and 30km rides will all fol­low the same route, with cy­clists turn­ing around at var­i­ous dis­tances along the route.

Rid­ers will leave the Jetty via Jor­dan Esp, on to Har­bour Dr be­fore turn­ing left on to Hog­bin Dr, then left on to Sawtell Rd and through Sawtell then onto Lyons Rd.

The 30km rid­ers will turn around at the Lyons Rd round­about. Other rid­ers will con­tinue on to Pine Creek Way at Bonville then through to Raleigh.

The 60km rid­ers will turn around at the in­ter­sec­tion of Keev­ers Dr and North Bank Rd.

Other rid­ers will con­tinue through to Wa­ter­fall Way, on to Bellin­gen then through beau­ti­ful coun­try south of Bellin­gen be­fore meet­ing Gi­ina­gay Way, where the 100km rid­ers will re­turn to Coffs and the 165km rid­ers will head south to Macksville be­fore re­turn­ing home to the Jetty.

Photo: Trevor Veale

READY TO ROLL: Jay and Melinda Counter with daugh­ter Zoe, 7, and son Hay­den, 9, are ready for the 10km fam­ily ride at the C.ex McDon­alds Coffs Cy­cle Chal­lenge on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, start­ing from the Jetty Fore­shores again in 2018.

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