The bcu Woolgoolga Mountain Bike Festival is a three day event situated in and around the beachside town of Woopi. Across the three day schedule there is a prize purse of over $10,000 with racing across all disciplines of mountain biking. FOCUS caught up with Scott Bocking, to find out more …
As well as the competitive aspect, the festival also focuses on the social riders and families. Alongside the Downhill, Cross Country, Enduro and Hill Climb races, there will also be social rides and kids’ events. The Beach Sprint is a great example of all levels of riders and fitness being able to compete together. It is a 1,000 metre beach sprint at low tide on Woolgoolga’s main beach. Categories include elite riders right through to young kids. The sand is hard and fast on low tide and makes for an excellent spectacle for anyone just wanting to cheer the riders on.
Woopi is best known for its stunning coastline, village vibe and whale watching, but it is also a mecca for mountain biking. With a huge range of trails catering to all levels of rider and an ideal climate, it is fast getting the reputation as a must ride spot on the North coast. The goal of the festival is to showcase this to the region’s riding community and establish an ongoing annual event. In its inaugural year, the support from the community and businesses has been overwhelming.
The social group rides are designed to suit recreational riders who don’t want to compete but are keen to be involved in the festival. These rides will take in the beautiful trails of the Northern Beaches and give riders a good insight to the local trail network. The coastal loop is a must, as it is generally flat and takes in the views from some of the most stunning coastline in the state. The event centre will be set up in the beach reserve from Friday afternoon to handle registrations and queries riders may have. From a spectator’s perspective, there will be lots going on and plenty of opportunities to get up and close to the action. The best of these is the Downhill race at Mt Coramba on Sunday. With big money on offer, there will be elite level racers putting everything on the line to take home the win. This will make for close racing and fast times. There are lots of opportunities alongside the course to watch the races as they descend from Mt Coramba to the valley below. The course is littered with some big jumps and high speed features that test the best bike riders’ skills. It is not until you get up close to these athletes that you realise just how talented they are.
There will also be plenty of action off the bike, with a Beer, Food and Wine Festival on the Saturday evening at the Seaview Tavern. Co-hosted by the Tavern and Taste Coffs Coast, this will be a great way to unwind and chat about the day’s riding. It is open to everyone, so even if you are not in town for the festival, it makes for a great night out. There will be a huge variety of drinks and food on offer, and the evening is open to all ages. There will also be some prizes and giveaways on the night and a presentation for Saturday’s events.
Taste Coffs Coast is the force behind Curryfest, so they know how to throw a party. The weekend will wrap up with an awards ceremony in the beer garden of the Seaview Tavern, giving everyone a chance to wash down the dust and reflect on a great few days of riding.
Whether you are a seasoned pro, weekend warrior or family that rides together, the bcu Woolgoolga MTB Festival has an event for you and is a great excuse to take a few days off and enjoy everything Woolgoolga has to offer. An insider’s tip during the festival is to mention MTB when you are paying for food at Bluebottles Brasserie for a special deal. Also mention the event for accommodation deals at Woolgoolga Lakeside Holiday Park, Woolgoolga Beach Caravan Park and Safety Beach Ocean Bungalows. For all event details and entry links, go to www.woopimtbfestival.com
25th and 26th August