THE annual Bikes & Beats cross country ride is back this Sunday, rolling out around the Denmark town site.
Denmark Mountain Bike Club Treasurer Allister Dickson, who is organising the cross-country ride, said it would be all about endurance, with competitors targeting an hour-and-a-half on the saddle.
“The course is designed to be very family friendly, with paths, and grassy areas and a little bit of single track,” he explained.
“It will be a loop starting at the adventure playground, coming down around the river to the river mouth bridge and back up the other side of the river, back up and around to the bridge that is just near the high school, and then back into Kwoorabup Park again.”
Denmarkians should take note that the Shire will close pathways along the loop from 7.30am to 4.30pm so the ride can occur.
“The Shire’s been really good at giving us permission to do all of this,” Dickson said.
“We’re combining with the Albany Mountain Bike Club this year, and some of their riders are coming across.”
The 4.8km track has been designed to be suitable for riders aged 5 to 105.
Dickson said the course would be perfect for juniors and adults trying mountain biking for the first time, but would provide a good workout for experienced riders.
Dickson said 50 competitors were likely to traverse the track, and spectators would be very welcome.
Down by the river, Robert Glynn, 15, said that for riders, the stair descent, near the river mouth would likely be the best part of the track.
He advised anyone attempting to tackle the stairs to: “Get back as far as you can, behind the back of the bike to get your centre of weight behind the back wheel”.
Robert has been mountain biking for six years and reckoned he’d be up for a 90-minute ride on Sunday.
He was yet to decide if he’d ride his specialised enduro bike, which he said was better for the stairs, or his Giant cross country bike which was built more for speed.
Riders who don’t want to tackle the stairs don’t have to.
For riders, the sign-in desk will be open from 9am. Under 11s and 13s will roll out from Kwoorabup Park from 9.45am, and Under 15s and over from 10.45am.
Presentations will occur at 12.45pm.
Competitors can register before Sunday at https://tinyurl.com/bikesnbeatsrego.