19.9 C
Byron Shire
May 29, 2022

Darcy riding high at Jack’s Ridge

Latest News

Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

Other News

Lismore flood

I walked around the Lismore CBD and whenever I came to a crossing, an oncoming car would stop gently...

Lismore community

First let me say how incredibly proud, inspired and supported I feel as part of the Lismore and Northern...

North Coast Festival of Flavour

Organisers of the North Coast Festival of Flavour on 3–5 June 2022 say it’s not to be missed, as...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Another Day in Hope Purgatory

Politics is a phenomenal experience. To work harder than you thought possible, to put yourself so absolutely in the public domain full of hope and belief. Then to ask for judgement. It’s high stakes. A kind of ethical and philosophical extreme sport.

Incarceration Nation screens as part of Reconciliation Week

As part of Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3), Sisters for Reconciliation and the Cavanbah Reconciliation group will host a screening and discussion of the powerful documentary, Incarceration Nation.

Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

Darcy Harris on his new Norco, Revolver 9.2 race bike. Photo supplied.
Darcy Harris on his new Norco, Revolver 9.2 race bike. Photo Martin Shields.

Eve Jeffery

From Lismore Heights to Jack’s Ridge, 13-year-old Darcy Harris is showing form reminiscent of a young Cadel Evans.

Darcy, who produced stellar results, was one of the youngest in the field to compete at the Jack’s Ridge cross country mountain bike race at Nambucca Heads on Sunday.

The lad is a member of the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club and his champion ability was not missed by Dave and Sheryn Hegerty, president and secretary of the Dirty Wheels club.

In an effort to see how they could support this burgeoning career, the Hegertys approached Darryl Pursey of the Lismore based Harris Cycle Co. Pursey agreed to support Darcy to the tune of an amazing Norco, Revolver 9.2 race bike for Darcy to compete at the Jack’s Ridge event.

Darcy was overwhelmed when Dave gave him the news that he would be riding a pro-level bike at the Nambucca Heads event.

‘There is no way I could ever afford the type of bike you need to compete at these events,’ said Darcy before the big ride. ‘It is just the most generous and incredible thing that could happen.’

Darcy said that the Revolver is a very awesome bike that he can’t believe he got to ride. ‘My dad built me a bike out of the best bits and pieces we could find but it is pretty heavy, and not suitable for cross country racing.

‘I am so grateful to Harris Cycle Co. and Northern Rivers Dirty Wheel for their support.’

To show his appreciation Darcy out-performed pretty much everyone at Jack’s Ridge – he took out the Under 15s cross country race with an awe inspiring 30 minute lead and followed NRDW club president Hegerty past the winner’s post, a close second by 2 minutes 30 in the open age group.

Darcy is looking forward to a club down-hill ride day at Mount Joyce near Beaudesert next weekend, and upcoming ride days at the New Italy trails.

The cycling community would do well to turn their eyes in young Harris’s direction – the 2011 winner of the Tour de France, Cadel Evans, started his international career in 1995 as a Scholarship-holder in the Australian Institute of Sport mountain bike (MTB) Program.

Anything’s possible!


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Reasons to be cheerful

After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Keep your eyes and ears open for Albert’s Lyrebird

Tweed Council is asking that you put your best bird listening ears on this June and capture the sounds of a rare bird.

Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.