20.6 C
Byron Shire
January 27, 2022

Youngsters shine in mountain bike national cup at New Italy

Latest News

One death and 1,219 new COVID-19 cases in Northern Rivers

In the 24 hours to 8pm 25 January there was one death and 1,219 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD).

Other News

Check a charity’s status before donating to a good cause

It wouldn't be the first time generous people have been scammed by fake charities and in the wake of the Tonga disaster, Australia's charity regulator is urging a quick check before donating.

Far North Coast Comedy

Lots of comedy to laugh out loud at

$2m upgrade for Kyogle CBD

Kyogle's town centre is going to get a $2.048m facelift, local MP Kevin Hogan has announced.

Validity of a visa

As a 90-year-old, I have travelled many years since I was 18 years of age; to America, the UK...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 January, 2022

There's still loads of stuff on in the Byron Shire and beyond

COVID update for January 24

Dr Kerry Chant spoke to the media this morning with a COVID update saying that in terms of our hospitals, we've currently got 2,816 People in hospital including 196 People in ICU, of whom 69 are ventilated.

Competitors accelerate away from the start line at the National Cup held at the New Italy circuit. Photo Hixit

Over 90 riders competed in the two days of national cup tier 1 racing hosted by the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club at their New Italy track earlier this month.

It was the first time the local club has hosted a national event that attracted riders from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and locally.

Tier 1 is the highest level of competition organised by Mountain Biking Australia and plenty of spectators turned out to the see the skill and speed of some of the county’s top riders, treasurer of Dirty Wheels Nigel McDermott said. 

‘It’s good exposure for the club and the local trails,’ he said.

Ten locals were among the riders looking to accumulate points towards winning this year’s national championship.

‘Two of our junior riders, Darcy Harris and Hayley Oakes, won their very competitive categories.

‘Both are exceptionally talented and committed riders that deserve the results they are getting,’ Nigel said.

Each race day over the weekend included different categories of riding for men and women and for ages from seven years all the way up to mature masters.

The club has 230 members but some were daunted by taking on some of the sport’s top riders, Nigel said.

The 6.5 kilometre circular track at New Italy was in good condition for the ride and offered spectators plenty of vantage points.

The club has also been busy looking after its new facility at Duck Creek near Alstonville that has 13 trails across almost nine kilometres of track.

The new facility opened in December after two years of construction.

The Duck Creek circuits have more variety than New Italy and are more technically demanding.

The club regularly holds race days for youngsters as well as social events and rides.

More success

Dirty Wheels members Liam, Jethro and Tobi all had good results in round one of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series at Kooralbyn last weekend.

Taking part in their first gravity enduro Liam took fifth place in the U/15s, while Tobi and Jethro managed second and third in the U/13s.

Previous articleAn unusual dream
Next articleByron Champagne Club

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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Kindness to animals recognised in Tweed Shire Australia Day awards

The care Amanda Philp has provided to numerous animals on land and from the sea has seen her recognised as Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year.

What does Australia Day mean?

Another Australia Day. Another divisive polemic about the date, the day, and its meaning. Those who seek to change the date argue that 26 January signifies the beginning of Britain’s invasion of Australia and the violent expropriation of Aboriginal lands.

Man charged following pursuit – Far North Coast

A man has been charged with driving offences following a police pursuit in the state’s far north.

More government support needed for nurses

What would it take to keep our nurses and paramedics from resigning en masse as the current crisis in the NSW health care system worsens?